French Regular InfantryDecember 6, 2016
I recently completed my first French Regular Infantry figure for Muskets & Tomahawks. My complete force will consist of Canadian Militia and Huron Indians as well.
The French Regular Infantry figures are produced by Conquest Miniatures and sold in a box set by Warlord Games. I picked mine up off the shelf at the Brooklyn Strategist. However, if I had a chance to do it again (or buy more – which is more probable), I’d buy directly from Conquest Games as the box set has a drummer and a couple of standard bearers that I don’t need.
This is the first time I painted a figure with a uniform of this nature. In the past, my uniformed figures have been Confederates or World War II U.S. Airborne – or, to put it another way, butternut and olive drab.
To help get things right, I referred to Osprey Publishing’s British Redcoat vs French Fusilier: North America 1755-63. There’s an excellent spread on pages tk-tk that shows both the front and back view of a French Fusilier along with a legend describing his gear.
Here’s a bit more context from Osprey:
Providing a unique glimpse into the experiences of regular British and French infantry during the French and Indian War, Stuart Reid reveals what it was like to fight in three battles at the height of the struggle for Canada: La Belle-Famille, the Plains of Abraham and Sainte-Foy. In 1755, Britain and France both decided to escalate a low intensity frontier war that had started the previous year by dispatching regular troops to their respective colonies in North America. Far from home, both sides’ equipment and tactics were initially more suited to the European theatre. As the war ground on, however, combat doctrine evolved as both armies learned lessons that would be utilized by succeeding generations of soldiers. Packed with first-hand accounts, dramatic illustrations and a technical analysis of the changing nature of warfare on the American continent, this book puts readers in the shoes of the combatants who played a pivotal role in shaping the future of North America.
I haven’t had a chance to read much of the book. But, I do have a lot of French Regulars to paint, so I’m sure I’ll read the whole thing before it’s over.