Tuesday, January 9, 2018

French Infantry for the 1799 Project

After a heavy dose of painting 25mm figures in 2017, the new year begins with figures of the smaller variety.  That is, 18mm Napoleonics for the 1799 project.  Since one of my 2018 goals included getting more 15s across the painting desk, I start the year off on the right foot.  
Off the painting desk are two, 13 figure battalions of early French infantry.  The figures are from Campaign Game Miniatures out of Spain with the exception of the mounted officers who are from AB Miniatures.  The grenadiers are wearing bearskins while all others are in bicorne.  I really like the look of French in bicorne!
Among other items in work at the painting desk, two more battalions of French are winding their through the production line.  It will be a week before the second group of two battalions emerges.  Several units for other projects are in line at the photo booth first.

31 comments:

  1. They look excellent, and nice to see an earlier French army too!

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    1. Thanks, Mark! I like the early period with French in bicorne very much!

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  2. That is a fine looking couple of units Jonathan. I really like that mounted officer in the full coat.

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    1. Thank you, Mark! That AB mounted colonel is a smart looking guy!

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  3. Are you basing by the battalion throughout? In your rules do the bases act independently as battalions, or are they grouped into regiments / brigades? They are fine figures, though more demanding on the painters eye and brush i imagine.

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    1. Yes, each stand (BMU) is one battalion and operate independently. Battalions are grouped into higher formations by means of separate command stands.

      As my eyes age, I find painting 28s easier on the eyes than the 15s. I can still see the 15s, though!

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  4. Some well painted and enthusiastic looking figures - or should that verve?

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    1. Thanks, Peter! The Campaign Games Miniatures' figures are more animated than AB. I like the CGM style.

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  5. Great looking troops, and fantastic officer!

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  6. Excellent looking units. I've only done a few Campaign Miniature figures, but I was pleased with them.

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    1. Thank you! CGM are solid figures to my eye. I like them! I would enjoy seeing the owner, Dermot, make Austrians in the early casquet. That would be cool!

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  7. This in from Iain...why it did not appear on the blog is a mystery.

    caveadsum1471 has left a new comment on your post "French Infantry for the 1799 Project":

    Lovely looking bicorne (and bearskin)wearers!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain! Your post found its way into gmail but not onto the blog. Very curious...

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  8. They look great, Jon. I too have a soft spot for French in bicorne.

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    1. Thanks, Scott. How is your FRW project in 28mm coming along?

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    2. No progress. Maybe after the commission. I am pulling out all the stops right now to get everything done in time for Glenn's April game.

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  9. Very nice looking French, Jonathan. I too like the bicorne, and the above the knee gaiters as well.

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    1. Much appreciated, Dean. I guess everyone likes a bicorne!

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  10. Yep, French in the bicorne absolutely. I love the Revolutionary Italian campaigns.

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    1. Me too! I have a couple of the battles under consideration for later in 2018.

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  11. Excellent as always. I am looking forward to seeing these on the table for "Castiglione 1796 or Rivoli 1797 or Trebbia 1799" this year.

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    1. Thanks! Rivoli provides and interesting tactical situation for both the French and Austrians. I think you would enjoy the challenges in that.

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  12. Great looking late Republican infantry, Jon. I had never done any French in Bicorne until last year, and that was triggered by a "price you can't refuse" from freddy in the HCon fl;ea Market followed by the Austerlitz game. Now I have about 6 more battalions to paint up, plus another 2 -3 of early Legere in the side plumed shakos. They will have to wait their turn until after the Spanish are done, though!

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    1. Thanks, Peter!

      I look forward to seeing your early French take to the field. Of course, after all of your Spanish have been mustered. Spanish? That reminds me. I have a bunch of Spanish to paint too!

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  13. Off to a good start with the 15s! They came out very nice. 😀

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