Saturday, February 15, 2014

14th Brooklyn Chasseur from Forgotten & Glorious

Seeing a call out from Forgotten & Glorious (website) to receive a free sample figure, I jumped at the chance to examine a sample up close.  I requested a figure their 28mm ACW range; specifically a figure from the 14th Brooklyn Chasseurs.  The 14th Brooklyn (84th NY) wore a French style chasseur uniform.  Quite a smart looking uniform and don't call them Zouaves!

When the envelope arrived in the post, I opened the package and was amazed at the quality of the figure.  Really, this is an outstanding bit of sculpture.  The figure had a glob of metal on the right hand which I tried to remove.  I thought I had done a good job on removing the excess until I began painting.  In the photos, the remnant of the glob is visible.  Other than that extra metal on the right fist, the figure is stunning.  Details are nicely raised and easy to paint.  To my eye, the figure is brilliant.



One question I have is how many regiments other than the 14th Brooklyn wore the French style chasseur uniform?  I am sure Scott already has the Sash & Saber 14th mustered into his ranks so little need for a second regiment.  Still, a very tempting figure.

16 comments:

  1. Now if there were more uniforms like this in the ACW, I might try it as a wargames period (again). :-)

    Very handsome figure and set off by a great paint job, Jon!

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    1. Thanks, Peter! Uniform color is one reason I prefer the 19th Century European wars. Lots of troops wearing the pantaloon rouge.

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  2. There's a great article in the latest Wargames Illustrated about the ACW Zouves and Chasseurs. I think there were quite a few regts!!!

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    1. Thanks for the reference tip! I will need to research other regiments wearing the chasseur uniform.

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  3. That is a nice figure - nice buttons on the vest and gaiters. And great brushwork, of course. Best, Dean

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  4. Great painting on a great figure, Jonathan! Maybe some 28mm ACW in your future? ;-)

    In the early war, Zouaves were quite popular! This fellow put together a collection of all the Zouave units. Pictures are broke but the list is good: http://shaung.tripod.com/cwuni.html

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    1. Thanks, Monty!

      We have had cursory discussions about fielding Longstreet forces in 28mm. Scott already has a sizable 28mm ACW collection but the rest of us would be starting from scratch. I have a few Sash & Saber figures just waiting for motivation.

      Thanks for the reference link!

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    2. As soon as I can game again, we can give the rules a whirl. I have been working on some CSA cavalry in anticipation!

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  5. Hi Jonathan:
    You've done a smashing job on that F&G figure. I really want both this unit and their forthcoming Iron Brigade figures. At some point this year, I reckon. It's really encouraging to see so many good European producers coming online (at least, I think F&G are European).
    As for Zouaves, I think any gamer is entitled to put them in his/her collection because they look so cool. There was a huge pre-war craze for all things European in militia units, and the Union's Ellsworth populized so-called "Zouave drill", though Ellsworth himself got slotted early on (almost immediately, really). If you are historically minded, I would use them for early war engagements, though there were units as late as Antietam that wore zouave kit. Towards the end of the war, I would suspect this type of unit was far from common for obvious reasons.

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    1. Thank you, Michael!

      I believe F&G is a French company but certainly European since their prices are listed in Euros. I agree completely with your Zouave assessment: yes in early war but lessening as the war progressed. The colorful uniforms are one reason I enjoy the mid-19th Century European wars.

      Appreciate your excellent commentary!

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  6. That is a nice crisp miniature. You've inspired me to paint my freebie.

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    1. It is a crisp miniature. I bet you enjoy painting it as much as I did.

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