British Royal Naval Brigade

British Royal Naval Brigade, 15 mm Miniatures Minifigs

Royal Naval Brigade, a detachment of British Sailors (Bluejackets), Marines and Marine Artillerymen, drawn from Royal Navy warships in the theater of operation, serving on shore. British sailors and Marine detachments were readily available as foot troops, since the Royal Navy fought only a single naval engagement between 1850 and 1914. Equipped with small arms, Gatling, Gardner or Nordenfelt guns, and naval artillery, sailors and marines accompanied the British Army on many campaigns of the 19th century. A Naval Brigade detachment was commanded by the Executive Officer (XO) of the ship, the captain of which remained on board. On submarines, frigates and smaller ships the First Lieutenant (number one) served as XO, whereas larger ships had a Commander as XO.

Miniatures

  • Officer Naval Brigade, 1879, 100 mm The Lost Battalion TLB009
  • Commander, Royal Navy, 30 mm Essex Miniatures CO33
  • Naval Brigade Rifleman, 30 mm Essex Miniatures CO32
  • Naval Brigade Rifleman, kneeling, 30 mm Essex Miniatures CO31
  • Naval Brigade Officers and Gunners, 25 mm Ral Partha 88-005
  • Naval Brigade, advancing, 25 mm Ral Partha 88-004
  • Naval Officer, 25 mm Minifigs BC 19
  • Naval Brigade, advancing, 25 mm Minifigs BC 18
  • Naval Gunner, 25 mm Minifigs BC 20
  • Naval Gunner, kneeling, 25 mm Minifigs BC 21
  • Naval Brigade Officer, firing pistol, 20 mm Jacklex N 4
  • Naval Brigade Sailor, advancing, 20 mm Jacklex N 1
  • Naval Brigade Sailors with Rifles, advancing, 20 mm Newline Designs ZW40
  • Naval Brigade Sailor, standing firing, 20 mm Jacklex N 2
  • Naval Brigade Sailors with Rifles, skirmishing, 20 mm Newline Designs ZW41
  • Naval Brigade Sailor, running with separate rifle, 20 mm Jacklex N 3
  • Naval Brigade Sailor, marching, 20 mm Jacklex N 5
  • Naval Brigade Officer (1857) with sword, 15 mm Dixon Miniatures BR04
  • British Seaman (1857), standing sentinel, 15 mm Dixon Miniatures BR14
  • Naval Brigade (Zulu War), 15 mm Old Glory COW10
  • Naval Brigade Sailors and Gardner Guns with Crew, 1:72 HaT 8180
  • Naval Brigade Field Gun Crew, 20 mm Newline Designs ZW43
  • Naval Brigade Gardner Gun and Crew, 20 mm Jacklex N 10
  • Naval Brigade Gatling Gun and Crew, 20 mm Jacklex N 11
  • Naval Brigade Gatling Gun and Crew, 20 mm Newline Designs ZW42
  • Naval Brigade Gardner Gun, Crew, and Mule Team, 20 mm Jacklex N 12
  • Naval Brigade Gatling Gun, Crew, and Mule Team, 20 mm Jacklex N 13
  • Naval Brigade 1 pdr Pom-Pom Gun and Limber, 20 mm Raventhorpe
  • Naval Brigade 1 pdr Pom-Pom Gun on Gunboat Mounting, 20 mm Raventhorpe
  • Naval Brigade 4.7" Gun Crew marching, 20 mm Jacklex N 6
  • Naval Brigade 4.7" Gun Crew firing, 20 mm Jacklex N 7
  • Naval Brigade 4.7" Gun, Crew, and 8 Ox Team, 20 mm Jacklex N 14
  • Naval Brigade 4.7" Gun, Scatt Carriage, 20 mm Raventhorpe
  • Naval Brigade 4.7" Gun, 20 mm Jacklex N 15
  • Naval Brigade 8 Ox Team and Limber, 20 mm Jacklex N 16
  • Royal Navy Landing Party, 1:300 Heroics & Ros MC22
  • Royal Navy Landing Party Detachments, 1:300 Heroics & Ros MC23

Naval Brigade Miniatures of the Mahdist War, 1881–1899

  • Naval Brigade with Command (Sudan), 15 mm Old Glory SUD06b
  • Naval Brigade Command, 15 mm Peter Pig 22064
  • Naval Brigade Command 1881-85, 15 mm Minifigs 21C
  • Naval Brigade 1881-85, marching, 15 mm Minifigs 18C
  • Naval Infantry, advancing, 15 mm Peter Pig 22063
  • Naval Brigade 1881-85, advancing, 15 mm Minifigs 19C
  • Naval Infantry, firing, 15 mm Peter Pig 22062
  • Naval Brigade 1881-85, standing firing, 15 mm Minifigs 20C
  • Naval Infantry Casualties, 15 mm Peter Pig 22065
  • Naval Gun Crew, 15 mm Peter Pig 22060
  • Naval Ship's Crew, 15 mm Peter Pig 22061
  • Gardner-Gun and Crew, 25 mm Redoubt SDX 2
  • Gardner-Gun, 25 mm Ral Partha 88-221
  • Naval Brigade Gardner Guns, 15 mm Old Glory SUD17B
  • Naval Brigade Artillerymen, 15 mm Minifigs 11CA
  • Gardner-Guns, 15 mm Peter Pig 22026
  • Naval Brigade Gatling Guns, 15 mm Old Glory SUD17A
  • QF 1 pounder (Pom-Pom), 25 mm Minifigs CFA 3
  • QF 4.7 inch Naval Gun, 25 mm Minifigs CFA 5
  • QF 1 pounder (Pom-Pom), 15 mm Minifigs 18CA
  • QF 4.7 inch Naval Gun, 25 mm Minifigs CFA 5
  • QF 4.7 inch Naval Gun, 15 mm Minifigs 16CA

Naval Brigade Miniatures of the Second Boer War, 1899–1902

  • British Infantry and Artillery miniatures
  • Ordnance QF 12 pounder 8 cwt

Naval Brigade Miniatures of the Boxer Rebellion, 1900

  • Naval Brigade, 1:72 RedBox 72033
  • British and Russian Sailors, 15 mm Old Glory BOX06A
  • Naval Artillery, 15 mm Old Glory BOX12

British sailors wore a variety of uniforms and equipment, depending on the weather conditions in the theater of operations. They were armed with small arms, machine guns, and landing guns from the ship's inventory. From 1890 each sailor carried two brown leather ammunition bandoliers, one around the waist, the other across the left shoulder. During the Second Boer War Naval Brigade sailors wore the less conspicous khaki infantry uniform. Non-commissioned officers wore rank badges on the upper right arm: Leading Seaman (fouled anchor), Petty Officer (crown above crossed fouled anchor), and Chief Petty Officer (crown above crossed fouled anchors surrouned by a wreath). Up to three good conduct stripes (chevrons) could be worn below the rank badge, one each for four years of service.

Historical Employment

  • Invasion of Île Bonaparte, 1810
  • First Anglo-Burmese War, 1824–1826
  • Second Anglo-Burmese War, 1852–1853
  • Crimean War, 1853–1856
  • Second Opium War, 1856–1860
  • Indian Mutiny, 1857–1859
  • First Taranaki War (New Zealand Wars), 1860–1861
  • Invasion of Waikato (New Zealand Wars), 1863–1864
  • Second Taranaki War (New Zealand Wars), 1863–1866
  • Bombardment of Kagoshima and Shimonoseki Campaign, 1863–1864
  • Expedition to Abyssinia, 1868
  • Third Anglo-Ashanti War, 1873–1874
  • Zulu War, 1879
  • First Boer War (Transvaal War), 1880–1881
  • Anglo-Egyptian War, 1882
  • Mahdist War, 1884–1885
  • Third Anglo-Burmese War, 1885–1887
  • Benin Expedition, 1897
  • Second Boer War, 1899–1902
  • Boxer Rebellion, 1900

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