Masterson at Barrosa, 1811 – “I have the Cuckoo!”
October 9, 2014 in Figures
This is Stormtroopers Miniatures new 1/10 resin bust (sculpted by Carl Reid), depicting Sgt. Patrick Masterson of the 87th Regiment of Foot (Royal Irish Fusiliers), at the Battle of Barrosa during the Peninsular War.
On March 5, 1811, during a vicious bayonet engagement along Barrosa ridge, he captured the Regimental Eagle of the French 8th Ligne, shouting “Bejabbers, boys! I have the Cuckoo!” – the British vernacular for the esteemed regimental symbol (bronze with gold wreath), presented personally to each Regiment by Napoleon himself.
On the day, Ensign Edward Keogh managed to get a hand on the prize, only to be shot and bayoneted by the French, who defended fiercely; Keogh was killed instantly. Masterson had followed his officer into the skirmish and after killing several men he wrenched the Eagle from the hands of its dying bearer, Lieutenant Gazan.
It was the first Eagle captured by the British in the Napoleonic Wars.
A WIP thread of the painting process can be found at http://imodeler.com/groups/figures/forum/topic/i-have-the-cuckoo-sgt-masterson-barrosa-spain-1811/.
To note, the first and last photos in the series show the figure weathered, with all other images entered as technical colour references.
12 additional images. Click to enlarge