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Ratch's 1/72 (1/76) Napoleonics


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French command figures for the last years of the Napoleonic Wars have become an increasingly popular subject, and there are several sets already available to meet that demand. 
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Pose #1 is a sapper. Every Regiment had a squad of Sappers dressed as grenadiers in bearskins but with a long leather apron, white gauntlets, axe with brass mounted handle. It was customary for Sappers to grow beards. Each battalion had 1 corporal sapper and 4 privates sappers. They were equipped with axes. The sappers were picked from the strongest grenadiers. They wore grenadier uniform with crossed axes and grenade badges on the sleeves. Their fur cap was without front plate. Beards were mandatory. The sappers usually marched together with regimental band or near the Eagle/flag.
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Pose #2 is a grenadier who is marching and has a knapsack.
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Pose #3 is a drummer with a rather small drum (in two haves). Drummers wore a dark green, single-breasted Spencer with red collar and cuffs. All parts were edged with a dark green lace having yellow discs along the length. On each sleeve were seven chevrons (point up) of this lace.
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Pose #4 is bearing a flagpole mounted with an eagle. I added the flag, hand painted on foil,¬†The eagle-bearer wore the same shako as the other men in the battalion but had a similar coat to that of the officer, which included gold epaulets and a completely dark blue jacket with dark cuffs around the wrist and neck.¬†The rest of the uniform was the same as that of a Fusilier but included the ‚Äúsabre briquet‚ÄĚ and an extra strap for resting the pole in when holding the eagle up.
Officers wore the same uniform as their men, but it was of better quality. Their brass buttons were gilt, they had epaulettes according to their rank, and, on duty, they had a gilt gorget with a silver badge, generally a crowned eagle. Their turnback ornaments were identical to those of other ranks but in gold, while the battalion staff had grenades. Instead of gaiters, they wore black boots. Officers' bicornes had gold cockade loops and sometimes gold tassels at the end. Bearskin caps had gold cords, and a plate and cross on the back patch. Shakos had gilt plates and chin scales, gold bands and sometimes chevrons. Plumes and pompons were colored in the company's color or white if on regimental staff. 
The officer uniform could be altered depending on the regiment. By 1812 The standard was to have a dark blue jacket with gold epaulets and a shako with gold banding and a white pom-pom. Often officers would also have a bicorne hat to change into as these were much lighter and less of a burden than the shako.
The trousers were often white but could be dark blue as well, especially on campaign where the trousers could be muddied or stained. By 1812 officers were moving away from the turned down boots with yellowish leather and towards shorter all black boots.
Officers during this period were armed with swords and often wore white gloves.

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Before I went on holiday (July) someone asked to see all my Waterloo figures together. Well my kitchen table cannot carry them all now, but here's what I've spent this afternoon doing...
Here are the Prussians

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Back working on these Italeri 6016 French Imperial General Staff. I've repainted figures from an old set too.
Pose #1 is a general dressed in dragoon uniform. 


These are based on Marshal Soult


Two Captain aide-de-camps


Pose#4 is based on Marshal Massena


Pose #6 is the Emperor. Napoleon is mounted on his horse and wearing his familiar grey greatcoat over the undress uniform of the Guard Chasseurs à cheval. 


Pose #7 is another Marshal


Pose #8 is an Adjutant Commandant in blue coat with long tails, blue collar, bicorn. There were many variations.


Pose #9 are Mamelukes


Pose #10 are officers, Trumpeter 11th Chasseurs, Lieutenant of Chasseurs, 4th Light Infantry and Officer, 1st Croatian Infantry Regiment

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A mixed bag of Esci British Infantry, all in fact flankers, some painted (incorrectly) and some fresh. I shall paint all but the facings, which can be added when they're allocated to their regiments

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On 08/01/2021 at 18:38, Ratch said:

A mixed bag of Esci British Infantry, all in fact flankers, some painted (incorrectly) and some fresh. I shall paint all but the facings, which can be added when they're allocated to their regiments

Your are the master  - the builder of speed and quantity  - I am lucky if I can build/paint Six of my 28mm  at the same time.



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Its a bit like Production Line working. Yesterday I painted the boots black, then leather for their soles. Next the gaiters then the overalls. 

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I have competed the Esci 215 set. Judging by the number of individual poses I must have had three sets of these, but I'm down to the last drummer (there should be two in a set), so the others must've been reassigned to other regiments.



The Highlanders are painted as Grenadiers and Light Company men of the 42nd Regiment, the Black Watch.
The Infantry are 33rd Regiment, 1st Yorkshire West Riding's Grenadier and Light Company.

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