Thursday, March 20, 2014

1799 Suvorov in Italy - The French

The 1799 Project is definitely a Work-In-Progress with not so much emphasis on "Work."  Nevertheless, with the Russians getting their parade in an earlier post, I figured it only fitting to allow the French contingents a similar exhibition.  Thus far, 15 foot battalions have been fielded.  Unlike the Russians and their Austrian allies, the French army exerts an egalitarian approach to uniforming their infantry.  That is, no distinguishing facing colors for each regiment.  Luckily, during this period, the flags for each regiment (and even battalions within regiments) were often distinct.

Included in the 15 battalions are two battalions of light infantry in the early side-plumed shako.  1799 was likely too early to see these on the field but I had the figures so why not?

Figures are all AB Miniatures.




18 comments:

  1. Simply stunning! Very impressive, Jonathan. The colors for each unit are an interesting touch too. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you, Dean! I like the early flags as well. Great variety.

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  2. Looking good; I do like the Republican era standards!

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    1. Thanks, Peter! The early flags are a mosaic of color, for sure.

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  3. very nice.. mass formation! didn't the french also wore blue red stripe pants or was that only during early years 1792-96?

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks, Phil! I believe the striped pants were from the earlier period but I don't have my reference materials to confirm. Also, these French can slip into the service during the early Empire period.

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  4. Very, very impressive Jonathan, love these beautiful units...and this period too!

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    1. Thanks, Phil! It certainly is a period I have been interested in but have yet to field the forces for battle.

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  5. Fine looking lads, all ranked up like this! Great work, I especially the egalitarian look.

    This makes me want to go back to Napoleonics. Must...resist!

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    1. Resistance, as they say, is futile, Monty! :-)

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    2. Thanks, Monty! Go back to Napoleonics, young man!

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    3. Exactly, Peter! Resistance is futile!

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