When putting together the troops to refight the action from “Wellington’s First Battle”, one of the issues I faced was where to source the Light Common 6 pounder cannon used by the British force as battalion guns.This item was not readily available in 15mm, so I decided to convert some from an existing model;
Having reviewed the design of the carriage, I chose to start with Miniature Figurines Austrian 6 pdr from the Napoleonic range (code 2NA);
Step one; Remove the side arms.
Step two; Remove the crossbars that support the ammunition box and discard ammunition box.
Step three; Remove the eye bolts from the tail of the carriage
Step four; File the rear end to the existing score mark.
Step five; Remove the lug under the axle.
Step six; File down the front end by1½mm and square off. Together steps4 and 6 shorten the carriage to 28mmin length.
Step seven; Remove the handles from the top of the barrel.
Step eight; Assemble and paint
NB: The resulting model is not quite accurate, as the wheels on the model are a bit small (12mm) and need to be approx. 13-14mm in diameter depending on the exact scale. I have also assumed that the carriage mounted ammunition boxes have been removed for action.
Acknowledgement; I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr Stephen Summerfield for his helping in informing, checking and correcting this article.
A.L. Dawson, P.L. Dawson & S. Summerfield; Napoleonic Artillery, 2007, p.101-110
C.E. Franklin; British Napoleonic Field Artillery, 2008, p.171,173
K.F. Kiley; Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815, 2004, p.50