Thursday, 1 July 2021

French 1st Chasseurs

While I await the arrival of a GMB flag order to complete the last of the dragoon regiments I remembered I have a few chasseur flags on hand, so thought I'd get stuck into the first of three chasseur regiments with the 1e Chasseurs:











Probably not the most exciting of French cavalry uniforms, but no French army would be complete without them:





















The reverse trumpeter at least adds a little bit of interest, and the GMB flags always look effective:





















That's fourteen regiments now completed since January. Not as many as I had hoped for by this stage, but at least I am over the halfway mark in terms of French cavalry:











Next up will be the dragoons. We have been subjected to a short four-day (so far, anyway) lockdown here in Brisbane during which postal deliveries have been suspended, so I am hoping  next week will see their arrival. Having said that it has now been four months since they were posted so I may end up just using one of the spare chasseur flags, if I can find one with roughly equivalent battle honours.

Thursday, 24 June 2021

French Grenadiers a Cheval

While I have only one dragoon regiment to go, I thought it was time get stuck into another Guard regiment with the Grenadiers a Cheval:











I purchased these in around 2008 and undercoated them two and a half years ago, so they have been patiently awaiting their turn:











The figures are from Foundry, and the flag again from GMB:




















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That's thirteen regiments done, so over halfway to the twenty-four I have planned:











I ordered a bunch of GMB flags back in February and am still eagerly awaiting their arrival so I can complete the last of the dragoons. I fear it has gone astray, but am clinging to the hope it might still turn up. 

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

French 2nd Dragoons

It's back the red facings of the 2e Dragoons for the third of four regiments, this time with Perry figures:


















The flag is from GMB as usual, and I have again included the elite company for a bit of variety:




































I'm not quite sure what I did with the camera settings on this one as they came out looking a bit shinier than they are in reality, having had a couple of coats of Testors Dullcote (which seems to be in short supply here in Australia at the moment). I always seem to magically find a new setting on my phone camera each time I use it, just to keep things interesting:




































I have the last exam for the semester coming up this Friday before a four or five week break so I am hoping I'll be able to step up my output, for the next month at least.

Friday, 4 June 2021

French 20th Dragoons

 The second of four dragoon units, I had to include one with yellow facings:











These are the Perry "at rest" dragoons, and I particularly like the way they appear to just be standing about waiting for the order to charge. I also purchased the bearskin figures to form an elite company for the next three units:











Even though they may be over-represented in a twelve-figure unit, I can never resist a bearskin cap:











The command stand:











And a couple of close-ups of the troopers:





















Two down, with two to go:











That's the 20e Dragoons completed then. Next up the 2e dragoons.

Monday, 31 May 2021

French 4th Dragoons

The first of four line dragoon regiments, I had originally intended these to be 1st Dragoons. However when I remembered that regiment had been converted to lancers in 1811 and that all my cavalry flags are 1812 issue I switched them to become 4th Dragoons:











Not that switching them involved any additional work as the only difference between the two regiments is that the 1st had vertical pockets whereas those of 4th were horizontal. Thankfully none of the pockets on these Foundry charging figures are visible (well, apart from the officer, but cavalry officers were notorious for doing their own thing anyway):











My third attempt at attaching a flag and a label to this unit has worked, which is just as well as I would have run out of spares again:




That's ten French cavalry regiments now completed since Christmas, a much slower rate than previous years:


This has been for a variety of reasons, including getting the house ready over the best part of a month for a Christening party for grandchild number one and also an increased study load in an attempt to hasten the completion of a part-time law degree I undertook for "fun" five years ago, but which I am now keen to finish. Next up, the first of three Perry dragoon regiments.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

French 1st Hussars

 The last hussar unit, the 1st hussars look a little more what I think French Hussars should look like as opposed to the comparatively staid colours of the 2nd and 3rd regiments:











This was the third attempt at attaching their flag, the previous two having disintegrated, but after having given my painting room a decent airing this one appears to be holding. Rather annoyingly I had ordered some replacements along with some chasseur flags, but received two copies of the latter by mistake. Deciding that I am not going to wait another two months, and because they appear to have the same battle honours anyway, I have used one of the chasseur flags instead:





















With their pigtails the trooper figures appear a little gnome-like, but at least they have plenty of character:











The sabretache decals are by Little Big Men studios, meant for Perry figures rather than Foundry but I managed to get them to fit with a little bit of trimming:











That's three French hussar regiments completed, which is all I am planning on doing:











Next up, the first of four line dragoon regiments I have in the queue.

Sunday, 16 May 2021

French Empress Dragoons

Following my recent disintegrating flag issue a few replacements arrived last week which has allowed me to complete several units, and restore my "flagging" motivation. First off the line are the Empress Dragoons:










 

As a Guard unit these are fifteen figures strong, and are some Foundry figures I purchased over ten years ago so it is nice to finally complete them:





















I was pleased with the way they turned out, particularly the command stand with its new flag:





















There is also some subtle variation between the trooper figures which is nice:





















Apart from anything else, it was just nice to get back "on the horse", so to speak:











I am still awaiting some further replacement flags from GMB plus some lance pennons from an order shipped in March, so on top of a yet-to-arrive Perry order from December I am hoping that it too hasn't gone astray. With regard to what was causing the paper to disintegrate, I have given the painting room a decent airing and the issue seems to have subsided. I shudder to think what the actual cause may have been but there was definitely something that was reacting with the PVA glue and paper, and possibly the late summer humidity. Whatever it was, I just hope it hasn't had a similar effect upon my lungs. Next up, the 1st Hussars.