Sunday, 7 June 2015

The 13th Légère Line Up

Der Kriegspielers French Light Infantry 1812
The 13e Légère march out.
It's a cold winter's night here in Wellington, but  I'm warmed by the fact that the 13th Légère are finally ready to take the field.

Joining the DK 8 chasseur companies featured in my last post are six DK 8E: French Line Infantry Elites 1812, Charging, painted as carabiniers; and two  DK 8E and four DK 11E painted as volitgeurs.

That I was able to find only eight DK 8E suggests that the typical ratio of elite to centre company figures in DK French line infantry sets was 8 to 16, organised into six, 4-figure companies. If this is so, mustering the 6-figure elite companies needed for my organisation is likely to become a problem.

Although there are more French infantry in the painting queue, these are going to have to wait a bit as it's high time I did some cavalry. Anyone would think I've been avoiding them...

Der Kriegspielers French Light Infantry 1812
March Past for the Emperor
The truth is that this is almost certainly what I've been doing. When I was a teenager I hated painting cavalry units as they seemed to take three times as long as the infantry, and I really wasn't very good at them.

Der Kriegspielers French Light Infantry 1812
The 13th looking spiffy in their all-blue uniforms!
As the best way round this aversion would be to start with something simple, expect to see some Prussian cavalry in the next post!


Manoeuvring in style!.
Der Kriegspielers French Light Infantry 1812
A classic vintage line up.


  1. Very nice! I agree with you- cavalry seem to take so much longer than they should and mine never look quite they way I want them to.

    1. Thanks Man. I'm hoping the Prussians won't be too onerous!

  2. Good stuff Matt. Generally DK are rather poor on detail , yet you have made these look very good indeed. Its a pity you are so far away!

  3. Thanks Roy. The French 1812 infantry aren't too bad on the detail, as it happens. I have a few 1809 examples, on the other hand, that may be a bit more of a challenge!

    As for living at the back of beyond, it has its compensations, but it makes the postage rather expensive!

  4. A lovely unit, the French seem to be gathering pace.


  5. Cheers Paul. At 4-6 weeks per unit, I wouldn't exactly call it 'pace', but it's progress I guess!

  6. I agree with Roy that you have brought out the best in these figures - and 4-6 weeks is a pretty good pace as far as I'm concerned!

  7. The 13th Légère is looking good, I can hear drums from France, nice job!