Saturday, February 14, 2015

4th Swiss Regiment

Napoleonic troops in  28mm continue rolling off from the production line for service in the peninsula.  Mustering out today is the second battalion of the 4th Swiss Regiment of 16 figures.
The figures in the 2/4 Swiss are a mix of two manufacturers' figures.  The command figures are Front Rank while the fusiliers and elites are Sash & Saber.  Sash & Saber are a little smaller than the Front Rank but on the table top they look all right to me.
Below, the 2/4 Swiss deploys with its sister battalion the 1/4 Swiss having skirmishers thrown out ahead of the main battle line.  From the photo, it appears the 1/4 needs a bit of an upgrade.  A dip treatment and additional foliage on the base is needed to bring it up to specs with the 2/4.
In battle, would it not be quite easy to mistake these Swiss for British?  I think so!

19 comments:

  1. Love the Swiss units, beautiful colors! A very productive February you've had - are we nearing a personal productivity record?

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    1. Thank you, Soren. Not out for any productivity record; just wanting to take a good swipe at the 28mm Napoleonic lead pile.

      Checked my records. Biggest monthly output was 748 painting points. I am at about 400 now. That total may be too elusive.

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  2. The look great but you are right that the 1st Bn needs a dip. It's amazing how much better the 2nd looks. Having said that, beautiful paint jobs all around.

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    1. The dip really does bring out the clothing folds, does it not? That photo is a good demonstration although there might be more flash reflection on the 1/4 Swiss.

      With that, the 1/4 Swiss is going in for a dip! The other Sash & Saber Frenchies that have not received the treatment will get it too.

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  3. You don't sleep Jonathan, have you got a secret? Beautiful Swiss regiment!

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    1. Phil! I have often thought the same about you! No matter the time I post, you almost immediately respond!

      Thanks for your ever-present support.

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  4. Nice color scheme on those regiments!

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    1. The red, white, and (cornflower) blue is a good combination. Somewhat patriotic!

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  5. Beautiful Swiss - the light blue facings are less likely to be mistaken for Brits than some other colors.The contrast between the 1/4 without the dip and the 2/4 with the dip is interesting and revealing!

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    1. Thanks Peter!

      I will be addressing the contrast between the two battalions. 1/4 Swiss...into the dip!

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  6. Nicely done Jonathan, keep em coming

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    1. Thank you, Jonathan! More Napoleonics continue to see action on the workbench.

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  7. Lovely work, Jonathan. The 4th Swiss is a favorite with their light blue facings off-setting the red. Don't think any British regiments used light blue as facings.

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    1. Thank you, Dean.

      For my comment regarding misidentification, I was thinking at a distance and in the smoke shrouded battlefield the facing color would likely not be discernible. Up close the facing as well as the uniform cut would eliminate all indecision. I wonder if recruits were drilled on unit identification in the field?

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    2. Speaking of mis-IDing troops, I've never heard of issues between Prussians and French in blue. Maybe certain formations/movements were particular to each nation. Not really up on this detailed stuff though.

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  8. Very nice Jonathan, seems there are a few Swiss battalions coming off the painting tables at the moment!

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    1. Thank you, Paul! Only the 2/4 is a new battalion. The 1/4 was painted quite some time ago hence no dip. I am correctlng that and the 1/4 Swiss will soon have the update as its sister battalion the 2/4.

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