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Posted by MikeRC97 on 25 Apr 2018, 01:03

Here is the first of my many planned 1/72 Napoleonic units for the period 1808 – 1812, Italeri 6015 French Dragoons. I painted them as the 23e Régiment de Dragons. This regiment was part of the Dragoon Division attached to III Corps at the battle of Wagram in 1809 and the 6th Heavy Cavalry Division of the III Cavalry Corps at the battle of Borodino in 1812.

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A work in progress thread can be found for this unit here

http://bennosfiguresforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=21427

The figures are organized on 4 bases for Lasalle. The Lasalle rules are very flexible when it comes to base size and the number of figures per base; I opted for 40mm square bases, two figures to a base.

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Each Dragoon regiment was organized as follows:

I Squadron: 1st and 5th company
II Squadron: 2nd and 6th company
III Squadron: 3rd and 7th company
IV Squadron: 4th and 8th company

The first company was considered elite and comprised of men selected from the other companies in the regiment. The first base includes a converted figure with a tall bearskin representing a member of the elite company; the head comes from a grenadier from the Zvezda Napoleonic HQ Staff.

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In the picture above you can see the guidon carried by Dragoons from 1804 to 1812. The Italeri guidon has an eagle in the center which is the version used by the Dragoons of the Guard. As I'm painting these as a line regiment I have just left it white (there should be an inscription in the center but I wasn't going to attempt to paint that in this scale).

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This set is one of Italeri’s best, the sculpting is excellent, the plastic is bendable but holds details very well, and the poses are very natural. Minor details have all been sculpted which make the figures a joy to paint. If you look closely at the picture above you can see that the trumpeter's checks are filled with air as he prepares to blow the trumpet.

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The figures were painted with Vallejo, Privateer Press, Wargames Foundry and Coat D’Arms paints. Details of the colors used can be found in the WIP thread.

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The helmets and swords were painted in non-metallic metal colors. I used this video of a NMM Games Workshop Stormcast Eternal as a tutorial for the helmets:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VepXVggrfiE

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As noted in the PSR review none of the figures are looking directly into the mold so that the horsehair mane on the Dragoon helmet could be sculpted accurately. I repositioned the head on the figure on the right in the picture above so that the head is looking forward as I thought it looked odd to have all of the figures in the unit looking to the side.

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I have a lot of 1/72 Napoleonic figures in my stash waiting to be painted so my plan is to keep adding to this thread as each unit is completed.

Any feedback or comments are appreciated
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Posted by MikeRC97 on 08 Jan 2019, 03:36

I’m back with a couple of updates to my 1/72 Napoleonic units for the period 1808 – 1812. First of all I rebased the French Dragoons from the original post to a mix of single and multi-based figures. The reason for this is that I want to be able to use these figures to play Sharp Practice 2. Most Napoleonic miniature wargames require over a hundred figures per side to play properly, but the Sharp Practice rules are skirmish level so a core force is around 40 to 60 figures, meaning I might actually complete some forces in my lifetime! The other reason I want to get into Sharp Practice is that there are some great light infantry figures in 1/72 scale. While the rules include profiles for line infantry, when I think of skirmishing in the Napoleonic Wars I think of French Infanterie Léger, British Light Infantry and Russian Jägers.

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I rebased the Dragoons because a unit in Sharp Practice only includes troopers, “leaders” (which represent NCOs and officers), musicians and color bearers are added separately (also casualties are removed individually). I’ll need to paint some additional troopers, a unit of Dragoons is 8 figures. Even better, Dragoons can dismount and fight as skirmishers so I’ll need to paint some dismounted figures. I just wish that the Waterloo 1815 foot Dragoons were not wearing infantry gaiters.

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The other update is that I completed a second unit, Italeri 6008 French Hussars. I painted them as the 7e Régiment de Hussards. This regiment was part of the Light Cavalry Division attached to III Corps at the battle of Wagram in 1809 and the 1st Light Cavalry Division of the I Cavalry Corps at the battle of Borodino in 1812.

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The Hussars were organized in four squadrons like the Dragoons, with the same company groupings and an elite first company. In battalion level wargame rules such as Lasalle, Black Powder or General d’Armee these figures would represent the first and second squadrons. I’ll need to paint a few more troopers for Sharp Practice - it was while I was painting these Hussars, with all the minute details of their uniforms, that I started thinking of skirmish wargaming with my 1/72 Napoleonic miniatures.

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Once again I converted a figure to represent the elite first company; in this case I swapped his shako with a colpack from Italeri 6080 French Light Cavalry. The blue plastic Italeri used in the Hussar set is a bit softer than the light tan plastic used in many Italeri sets such as the Dragoons and Light Cavalry. After removing the mould lines I was left with quite a few “fuzzies.” Despite this, most of the details are well defined and easy to paint.

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In the Hussars, squadron was indicated by the color of the pompon on the shako. Within each squadron the lower numbered company wore solid pompons while the higher numbered company wore a pompon with white on the top (as seen on the figure on the right) or in the center. My primary reference for this unit was Officers and Soldiers of the French Hussars, Vol. 2: From the 1st to the 8th Regiment, 1804-1812 by André Jouineau.

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The trumpeter’s solid blue pompon indicates that he belongs to the second squadron, second company. His shako is the older style with the tricolor cockade in the center. The officer’s mount is from Italeri 6080, the Hussar set does not include a horse with an officer’s saddle (while set 6080 includes too many as noted in the PSR review).

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The picture below gives a good view of the officer’s sabretache. The sabretaches on these figures is the early embroidered model with the Imperial eagle in the center. The embroidered sabretaches of the 7th regiment during this period featured a large number 7 in the center, so I just painted them all black to represent the leather protective cover.

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Third and fourth squadrons. Most of the figures in this set are wearing the 1810 model shako which was slightly taller than the 1806 model. The diamond shaped plate on the 1806 model was replaced by an Imperial eagle above a semi-circle.

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The trooper on the left is wearing riding trousers over his “Hungarian” breeches. There are several figures in the Italeri set wearing this item; the buttons on the sides of the trousers can be seen in the picture of the trumpeter above.

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I struggled painting the braids on the dolmans and pelisses – the real items had equally spaced rows of braids on the front but for some reason on the Italeri figures the rows of braids have been sculpted in pairs squeezed close together with wider spaces between the pairs. I could not get much paint into the tiny spaces between the paired rows (despite using a binocular headband magnifier); as a result the pairs look like thick single rows. There should be yellow lace lining the black fur edges of the pelisse however these are not sculpted and after the frustration I experienced painting the braids I lacked any enthusiasm for painting details freehand.

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As I was rebasing the Dragoon figures I noticed something, the horses are smaller than those of the Hussar figures. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the elite company figures on their black horses. In this case the difference isn’t so great, however keep in mind that in reality the French Light Cavalry rode smaller horses.

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This photo also gives a good comparison of the portmanteaus (the carrying cases behind the riders), which is cylindrical for the Hussar. The ends of the portmanteaus should have laced edges and the regiment number in the center. I painted the lace on the Dragoon’s square portmanteau but my efforts on that of the Hussars came out terrible so I just left the whole thing green (I did not even attempt the regiment numbers on either unit). I don’t stress about it – painting toy soldiers should be enjoyable.

Below is a comparison of the trumpeters on their white horses, the Dragoon’s horse looks like a pony in this picture. I think the Hussar’s horse is probably closer to 1/72 scale but does look a bit oversized. This picture also gives a good view of the Hungarian style harnessing on Hussar mounts.

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Side-by-side of the officers and their mounts, the horses in Italeri 6080 French Light Cavalry are huge, they are even larger that the horses in the Zvezda French Cuirassiers set, which were the largest mounts of all of the French cavalry.

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That’s all for now, I’m going to take a little break from Napoleonic figures to paint some nice easy fantasy miniatures (without any piping). Then it is time to get to work on some French light infantry, because even though it can be tedious to paint all the details on Napoleonic uniforms, it is also what makes them so fun to collect (and convert).

As always any feedback or comments are appreciated.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 08 Jan 2019, 06:10

Very nice work. I love how you dove into the details, but knew your own limitations enough to back off when it all got a bit much. It is nice to see the figure and horse comparisons from the various sets. If you do manage to play a wargame with these new units, I hope you will take some pics, type up an after action report, and post it here.
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Posted by Kekso on 08 Jan 2019, 14:22

I had no time to read text but I had enough time to enjoy nicely painted figures.
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Posted by Mr. Andrea on 08 Jan 2019, 17:53

Beautifully painted and based: great work! What flock have you used on the bases?
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Posted by MikeRC97 on 09 Jan 2019, 03:52

Thanks all for the comments.

Mr. Andrea I use two layers of Woodland Scenics fine turf. The first layer is the “green grass," on top of which I apply a second layer of “burnt grass” mixed with “earth” leaving the darker green grass visible in some spots.
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