Now after painting all this blue lately, I needed a break last week, so I turned to something I have had in mind for a long time… I British command vignette for Waterloo. Now this one depicts Major-General Sir John Byng, who commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 1st British Infantry (Guards) Division at Quatre-Bras and Waterloo. His Brigade consisted of the 2nd Coldstream Guards and the 2/3 Foot Guards. He was a bit of an oddity in this Division, since he was the only Major General there not have started his career with the Guards.
He was commissioned into the 33rd Foot (the Duke of Wellington’s former Regiment) in 1793 and served as one of the junior officers under the (then) Lieutenant-Colonel Wellesly at Boxtel in Flanders in 1794. He saw action during the Irish Rising of 1798 when he was wounded. In 1800 he was serving as a Major with the 60th Foot (Royal Americans) in America until he exchanged into the 3rd Foot Guards in 1804. He took part in the Peninsular Campaign as a brigade commander. His finest moment came at St. Pierre in December 1813 when he led his Brigade in an uphill assault on Vieux Mouguerre ridge and personally planted the colours of the 31st Foot on it. As a reward the augmentation of the families coat of arms was authorized be the Prince Regent. At Quatre Bras his Brigade cleared the Bois de Bossu and most of it spend almost the complete Battle of Waterloo with the defence of Hougoumont.
He was appointed CiC Ireland in 1828. After leaving Ireland in 1831 he went into politics and became a MP for Poole in Dorset. He held the seat until he inherited the title Earl of Strafford. He was promoted to Field Marshal in 1855 and died in 1860 at the age of 80, making him the 2nd oldest of the Waterloo Generals (only Kempt was older).
So why him? Well last year I saw the two Foxhounds that came with Eureka Miniatures George Washington and I wanted to use them with a British vignette. There is no information if any of the British Commanders had dogs with him, so I just picked any and which British unit suggested such extravagances more than the Guards. So why not Cooke or Maitland? Well I felt that the Victrix British Colonels set suited my needs the best and doing the background research on these commanders I felt that Byng looked a lot like one of the minis (although the painting seen at the top of this post was made later in his life). So all I had to do was remove the raised parts on his cuffs and collars so I could paint a Generals oak leaves on them and I was good to go. In that sense without much further ado… here he is: