Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Gendarmerie a Pied - Brigade Games

Continuing with 28mm Napoleonic theme, off the painting desk comes 18 Brigade Games' French Gendarmerie a pied.  This range of figures is sculpted by Paul Hicks who seems to be sculpting for everyone...and for good reason.

The sculpting on these models is as fine as I have seen.  These gendarmes are truly exquisite models.  For my battalion, I have 16 gendarmes in close order with two singly mounted skirmishers.  The firing pose is fantastic!




Could these same figures be used as early Consular Guard?  I think so and as such they would be useful in many of Napoleon's early battles such as Marengo.  The Lead Pile does not contain sufficient figures to fill out a second battalion so fielding the Consular Guard is on hold until my next order with Brigade Games.  A sample of the ex-Victrix Portuguese might be in order too.   

22 comments:

  1. Very nice, both figures and painting, Jon. I have just started work on the (Connosieur) Gendrames d'Elite of the Guard. I think Eureka also makes 25/28mm line Gendrames on foot, and might pick up a few at Historicon - maybe for use in Spain?

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    1. Looking forward to seeing your Gendarmes work. My gendarmes will definitely be seeing seeing service in Spain since my 28mm Napoleonic project is centered in that theatre.

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  2. Great looking regiment, got to love Napoleonic's

    Ian

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    1. Thanks, Ian and thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Beautiful, love the pants colors !

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    1. Phil, I like the straw waistcoat and pants too. I was surprised at first seeing uniform plates of these fellows in the straw small clothes and pants but I like the look. These are what all the fashionable gendarmes are wearing these days!

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  4. Great looking unit - have you seen the ones from Capitan Miniatures? Theirs are mostly character types, but could work with these IMO. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you, Dean! No, I have not seen Capitan Miniatures figures. I better take a look! Appreciate your suggestion.

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  5. Lovely unit! Really like your choice of tinted yellow on the trousers, works very well with the dark blue.

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    1. Thanks, Soren! See my reply to Phil above. I like them too!

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  6. Lovely and bright, you can't miss them on the battlefield!

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    1. Thanks, Monty! Perhaps they will make too easy of a target for Spanish guerrillas. I hope not!

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  7. Great to see some bicornes getting the love. These are wonderful mate.

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    1. Who doesn't like a bicorne (or tricorn for that matter)?

      Thanks, Michael!

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  8. Lovely figures and lovely painting, Jonathon!

    As to your intention of using them as Consular Guard, I was of the impression that they wore bearskins, just like the Old Guard of the Empire period. http://www.apeuropeanlahs.org/art/napoleon/napoleonatmarengo1.jpg

    Perhaps they wore the bicorne as undress uniform and could conceivably be mixed in with bearskin wearing troops

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    1. Thank you, Johnny!

      Thanks for the reference and your kind comment. I thought I saw some in bicorne once. Oh well, I will look for a suitable use for these figures. If you have suggestions for appropriate usage, you have my attention and appreciation.

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    1. Thanks, Andrew! Good to see the return of your Loki avatar.

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  10. now these really look stunning and great colors!
    nice Jonathan

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    1. Thank you, Phil! Really appreciate your kind comments.

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