Friday, 6 April 2018

Le 67e Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne

I'm off on my travels again in just a few days, so I've been going all out to complete my latest regiment. I couldn't bear the thought of it sitting about unfinished until I came back.





The 67th are my first Hinton Hunt French infantry regiment. For those who like to know these things, the figures used were:

Hinton Hunt, French Infantry of the Line 1807-12 :

FN 241: Officer, charging x1
FN 244:  Fusilier, charging x 9
FN 234: Grenadier in Bearskin, charging x 6; and
FN 254: Voltigeur, charging x 6

Filling out the command group are also two recasts: FN 4a: French Colour Bearer without sword; and FN 6a: French drummer 1807.

The thing I really wanted to know, however, is how well they'd work with my DK and Garrison early French imperial battalions. The answer is shown below.


I've cheated a bit with the Garrisons. It's hard to spot in the picture, but if you look really carefully it's just possible to make out that I've mounted them on 1.5mm plasticard rather than 2mm!

I should be back in about 6 weeks or so.

Till then...

WM

33 comments :

  1. Absolutely marvellous! Enjoy your break away.

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    1. You are very much to blame for all of this, Matt!

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  2. Fan–dabi–dozi! They all go together terribly well - if you hadn't mentioned the different thickness bases I wouldn't have noticed.
    I feel a bit sorry for the poor old fusiliers, it's bad enough they get muscled out of all the uniform plates by their elite brethren but now they are not getting a fair shake on the table-top. No doubt the 50% elite component is a cunning plot to to claim an up-rated morale status for the units? ;o)

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    1. Lack of fusiliers was the cause - but I'm not complaining. One is restricted to what one can get one's mits on. My theory is that Hinton Hunt collectors will end up with what ever was popular with the wargaming public back in the earlies. They obviously preferred those flash flankers.

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  3. Magnificent as ever Matt.

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    1. Cheers 'Lee. It's just occurred to me that the last unit I painted that was anything like this was the Young Guard Voltigeurs, which was ages ago.

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  4. Lovely. Very attractive, and beautifully executed.

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    1. Thank you, Foy. Rob has a point though, and all those flankers make for a slightly messy looking line up. This was not helped by Marcus's eccentric poses!

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    2. Zut alors, messieurs, eccentricity, messy line ups, air guitar players, is this not the very essence of old school battalions? I reckon if you could produce a chart showing the elite-ness of HH figures on ebay and the price realised per figure, you would have a neat inverse proportion. Guardsmen? Can't give them away. Landwehr? Treasure beyond count. Travel safely mon brave.

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    3. Isn't that so, Archduke. Tracking down ordinary line troops is next to impossible. The 67th you see above came from seven different sources. My special thanks to Ian for four out of the six voltigeurs, by the way.

      I shall be conducting my travels in easy stages, Archduke. It's shaping up to be another grand tour of the British Isles. A brigade of Prussian infantry and a brigade of Prussian cavalry have been sent ahead as an advance guard.

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  5. A stunning looking unit old boy...
    And as for the brigade... it makes the already dour looking Prussians look positively dull.

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thank you Aly. They've been short of victories lately so I thought they needed a bit of cheering up.

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  6. Beautiful, they all complement each other very well.

    Paul

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    1. Cheers Paul, although looking at the photo I realise I've enhanced the illusion by lining them up from the shortest to the tallest from left to right. Still, it's the hat size that matters, isn't it?

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  7. Yes, an absolutely splendid unit and brigade!

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. You can't beat early imperials for downright ostentation, HUB.

      I've yet to really tackle the concept of operational units. At what point does a brigade become a division? I think I'll need to add another close order battalion and a skirmishing unit to this lot. What's really needed at this point, however, is more cavalry.

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  8. Handsome units, well done!

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  9. A wonderful addition and what a fantastic brigade! Clever idea using thinner plasticard.

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    1. You are even more to blame for this, Ian.

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  10. Another top notch unit.

    Make sure you pack a good book, or two, for travels. Chandlers Campaigns of Napoleon should keep you going perhaps.

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    1. One day, Mark, I'll do the grand tour properly, Chandler in hand. This trip is probably going to be too hectic for much in the way of reading. There'll be a lot of fighting though.

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  11. Your timing is impeccable and as you tend to do, provides inspiration to tackle my next old school unit of French in the 1812 uniform, fresh and ready for the Russian front.

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  12. There is nothing like seeing other people's soldiers to make one press on and do few more of one's own, David. I'm very glad to have been of some assistance. I certainly need all the help I can get.

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  13. Hopefully the Cossacks I just finished will serve in that role. I am very pleased with them. If tomorrow is a nice day I'll try and post some photos.

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    1. Yes please! I can't wait to see them.

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    2. David, what’s your blog called? I’d very much like to see your Cossacks.

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    3. I can't leave you in suspense, Rob. It's called Miniature Minions and it's absolutely great.

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  14. Thanks Matt. Rob made some crack about having to wade through a sea of little yellow minions to find it so here is the direct link: http://miniatureminions.blogspot.com/
    Just need to point out that my blog predates the minion movies. Those little yellow guys are a tough lot to hold at bay!

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  15. Looking grand Matt. Those Garrison and Dk figs fit in perfectly.

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    1. Thanks Jim. I figured the DKs would, given their provenance, but it was more of a punt with the Garrisons. I'm thinking about Lammings now.....

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  16. Absolutely wonderful. Nice job.

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