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Two-wheeled French supply wagons

Posted by Bill Slavin on 05 Aug 2019, 21:54

I was inspired to tackle this two-wheeled wagon build last week. I had two extra draft horses from the Italeri Supply Convoy set that I had built last year along with a couple of seated figures in greatcoats left over from the same set, and had wanted to take a shot at scratch-building some more wagons for my French.
Full disclosure here - I honestly have no evidence wagons like these were ever used by the French in the Napoleonic Wars! It was just that I only had large wheels, and most French supply wagons I have seen have smaller wheels at the front.

I've included a step by step of the build along with a few more photos in my blog if anyone is interested.

https://tinywarsplayedindoors.blogspot.com/2019/08/two-wheeled-french-supply-wagons.html

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Posted by Wiking on 06 Aug 2019, 00:14

Nice build, paint. And with a wooden structure.
:yeah:

Supply is now on the way.
Ammo, food, young girls ( :oops: ) ...
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 06 Aug 2019, 00:56

Wiking wrote:Supply is now on the way.
Ammo, food, young girls ( :oops: ) ...


I will have to leave it up to you to tell that story, Wiking! ;-)
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 06 Aug 2019, 04:48

Sorry, I am sure they are very nice wagons, but I can't stop looking at the horses! They are flat-out lifelike.
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Posted by Susofrick on 06 Aug 2019, 07:24

Agree with Erik and Aaron! .... Wait now ... not the young girls!
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Posted by sberry on 06 Aug 2019, 07:28

I'm not seeing any girls in this scene; perhaps because I'm too focused on the very well painted figures and waggons. And we shouldn't forget the ruined church in the background - it also looks really good!
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Posted by Paul on 06 Aug 2019, 09:32

Bill Slavin wrote:Full disclosure here - I honestly have no evidence wagons like these were ever used by the French in the Napoleonic Wars!

And no one can give any evidence they never used them so it´s perfectly fine for you to do so :yeah:
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Posted by C M Dodson on 06 Aug 2019, 09:36

Hi Bill.

Very nice as always.

Presumably once the advance got going an army would requisition any useful vehicle and stock it came across.

They certainly look the period.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Bill Slavin on 06 Aug 2019, 14:00

C M Dodson wrote:Presumably once the advance got going an army would requisition any useful vehicle and stock it came across.
Chris


My thoughts exactly, Chris. I mean, we're not talking about anything as well documented or important as the colour of the piping on the drummer's coat in the second regiment of the Loyal Royal Grenadiers of Abyssinia here.
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Posted by Kostis Ornerakis on 06 Aug 2019, 18:12

Wonderful job! :thumbup: :-D
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Posted by Graeme on 06 Aug 2019, 19:15

Various types of two wheeled carts were common in Portugal at least. Why wouldn't the French requisition some and perhaps adapt them to their needs? Very nice scratch builds.
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Posted by MikeRC97 on 07 Aug 2019, 12:11

Historically accurate or not, those are wonderful scratch builds, great stuff Bill.
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Posted by Peter on 13 Aug 2019, 20:35

Excellent work Bill! :thumbup:

I've been looking for two wheels wagons and I found something:

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And here is someone who made some Austrian scratch build wagons with two wheels:
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Seems to me that there where various two wheeled wagons in the Napoleonic period. ;-)
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Posted by FredG on 13 Aug 2019, 20:57

Isn't Bill's cart the same type the Viviandieres used?
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Posted by Peter on 13 Aug 2019, 21:31

FredG wrote:Isn't Bill's cart the same type the Viviandieres used?

Bingo! Three cheers for Fred! :thumbup:

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on the road on the right side!

And from our friend Francesco (Franznap)

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Posted by Paul on 13 Aug 2019, 21:51

FredG wrote:Isn't Bill's cart the same type the Viviandieres used?

Napoleonic, ACW or norwegian blue?
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Posted by FredG on 13 Aug 2019, 22:07

Paul wrote:Napoleonic, ACW or norwegian blue?


As the subject period is Napoleonic, naturally it's a Norwegian blue (Ex or otherwise)
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 15 Aug 2019, 21:12

You guys are the best! I need to edit my blog now with all of this new support material...
Build it and the evidence will come.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 16 Aug 2019, 02:13

https://youtu.be/6SeZe1CKRv8

Lovely Conversions and Presentation. Well Done BB
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 16 Aug 2019, 14:37



Yeehaw! Git along little doggies. :-D
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