Hello folks, Just finished this little vignette of the Bombardiers during the seven year's war. The 3 figures are from Triguard miniatures ( AWI series) one french fusilier and 2 colonial gunners, all converted to resemble the uniform worn by these naval troops in the 1750's. Origin and History Two companies were formed in 1682 to serve aboard the newly created bomb-ketches; one company at Brest and another one at Toulon. In 1694, a third company was formed in Rochefort. The bombardiers de la Marine were elite troops and were not submitted to military exercices. They did not consider themselves as soldiers but rather as experts of naval artillery in general and mortars in particular. In 1761, the unit was disbanded. In January 1762, a few companies of the Corps Royal de l'Artillerie were appointed to the service of the French Navy. They were desiganted as the Bombardiers du Corps Royal de l'Artillerie. In 1774, Choiseul reinstated the unit of Bombardiers de la Marine. These new companies had blue uniforms. In 1786, the three companies of Bombardiers de la Marine were disbanded for good and replaced by the Canonniers-matelots (sailors-gunners Cheers!