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Saturday, May 26, 2018

17e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne

After the slogfest to get through the Russian Guard Cossacks, I thought I would try a good ole French line unit in their brand spanking new 1812 uniforms.  1st up, the French 17e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne.  I have just about finished up the elite companies and command, with 12 more fusiliers waiting in the wings.  Here are some WIP pictures:




I cheated and bought the flag from the Flag Dude at this year's Siege of Augusta.  It's actually one of his 15mm flags, but he intentionally makes them oversize, so I thought it worked quite well with the larger Der Kriegspielers figures.  Though I enjoy making and painting flags, I must admit I rather enjoyed not having to do so for this battalion.

9 comments:

  1. Nice job, I've always found French infantry tricky to paint. Not having a particularly showy uniform they demand a decent job on the belts and straps. However they do look good en masse - I shall keep a look out for the fusiliers.

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    1. Rob, absolutely agree and think I made a poor choice to outline the belts with an archival ink pen rather than undercoat with black. These were partially painted when I got them so made that decision. I may try the other method for the fusiliers, which only have the one crossbelt, so may be easier to cope with! Looking forward to seeing them in mass, though I do think the elites at least have a very appealing uniform design. The fusiliers not so much, but to really set them off you need all that white and red piping.

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  2. Lovely work, Dave. Are those DK 9s?

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    1. WM, they are indeed DK 9s. I was remiss and should have mentioned these actually came from you, and are the first viable French Battalion I was able to procure. Thanks for getting me started!

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  3. I believe you are correct Matt. I'll have to take another look once I get them off their sticks. I should really note that before the painting begins! Just got a battalion of middle guard cleaned of all their old paint, so I am very excited about diving into those. They are DK 16 I believe. I'll have a few conversions for command, but think they will fit in nicely.

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  4. David, I think you might’ve misunderstood. I wasn’t criticising the straps just bemoaning how critical they are on French infantry. I use a black pen for outlining with far less of an excuse - my figures are 30mm not 20mm. One trick I have used for white straps against a white uniform is to use a pencil. This appears grey and less harsh than a black line does when separating two areas of white. The varnish kills the graphite sheen completely so they look rubbish until varnished. I seal with a light spray of varnish before brushing on a heavier second coat to avoid the brush smearing the pencil.

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    1. Rob,
      I was with you the whole way, and was criticizing my own technique, as somewhat inadequate to the task. I love your idea of pencil, but may actually try a compromise with the fusiliers and paint a mid-grey undercoat instead of black. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. David, you may have misunderstood. I wasn't criticising your strapwork only bemoaning the the fact that the French have so many white cross belts on white lapels (I suppose it gives them something to wave in extremis). I struggle with cross belts and my figures are 30mm not 20mm, yet I still use pens to outline them. One thing I do for white on white is to use pencil as that gives a grey line that is less stark than black. The graphite sheen disappears when the figure is varnished leaving a nice grey. I do seal the pencil with a light spray of varnish first before applying a thicker coat with a brush as other wise I think brushing on varnish would smudge it. Good luck and keep those posts coming they are appreciated.
    (I did post earlier from my iPad but that often goes astray.)

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    1. Not this time. :) For some reason I am not getting notices in my email when people comment, so apologies for the slow replies.

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