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Saint Raymond 33rd line infantry colonel 1806

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by ivopreda, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. ivopreda A Fixture

    I stopped to paint the chasseur trumpeter but I don’t stopped to paint…
    I don’t remember if I post this figure before but I hope you like also the unpainted version.
    The figure represent colonel Saint Raymond in 1806. he was the commander of the 33rd line infantry regiment and he just changed his old blue uniform in the new white and violet laced gold!
    In 1906 Napoleon decides to make money saving avoiding to buy indigo from the colony… the French army was completely in blue ( colour heritage from the revolution). Some regiment was designed to change immediately clothes and the 33rd were one of them.
    Saint Raymond was old ( was killed at the end of the year)



    a solution that I adopted for this figure is to paint the horse in a violet grey… I added some alizarine crimson in the base colour to give to the horse a very close dominant from the violet and white uniform and the grey (highlighted pure white ) horse

    also for this figure comments are welcome,

    Ivo Preda

    Marcelin why don’t you make some historical notes on this uniform and subjects? I think that our privat chat should be interesting also from Planet readers.
  2. Major_Goose Well-Known Member

    Beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Very nicely done! I really like the compliment of the gold and purple together.

    Jay H.
  4. Joe Hudson Well-Known Member


    That is a beautiful figure! I love the color of the horse and I would like to paint the figure myself. Can you give me any info on the figure so that I can try to convert one myself?

  5. ivopreda A Fixture

    thanks for the compliments. The figure is derivate from Metal Modeles mounted guard grenadier. The biggest conversion to do is to eliminate the cartridge belt. That give problems because you need to resculpt a big part of the frontal part. Second thing to do is to modify the vertical pouch into horizontal
    The horse was taken from the Eisembach range of spare parts.

    if you send me your private e-mail I can send you some picture more detailed

  6. marcellin de marbot New Member

    Hello Ivo,
    What a nice colonel, with his violet distinctive... Well, I try to say something about our man, but I don't know if the fellows of PF are really interested in these notices:
    Jean de Saint Raymond was born in Saint Frajou on 21 june 1762. Engaged volunteer under French army on january 1789, lieutenant on 17 march 1792, captain 12 february 1793, chef de bataillon 29 july 1794. He takes part to the campaigns after Revolution in German country, imprisoned by Austrian on september 1799 and released three months later. He achieved the grade of colonel and the command of 33rd regiment on 5 october 1803, fought in the campaigns of 1805 (Austerlitz) and 1806. Died on 11 december 1806 in Maremberg (Prusse), while other sources say Varsovie. Awarded with the "legion d'Honneur" as cavalier 11 december 1803, and commander of LH on 25 decembre 1805 (Christmas gift?). But all these informations you too have, Ivo, in the "red" book you know
    Best wishes
  7. megroot A Fixture


    That whas my cheekbone on the keyboard. So i picked up the pieces and type again..
    AWESOME painting.

  8. petermh Active Member

    very nice I particularly like the painting of the horse's head
    Just one point Ithought the reason the French army went over to white uniforms was not because of napoleon's parsimony but because the couldn't get the indigo dye because of the Royal Navy's blockcade of french ports.Either way the white uniform makes for a very attractive figure
  9. Joe Hudson Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Ivo. I have sent you a pm.

  10. marcellin de marbot New Member

    Hi Peter,
    I think both Ivo and you have reason. Napoleon decided on 25 April 1806 to dress his Infantry in white to economize the supply of the whole French Army.
    But on november of the same year Great Britain decided at Berlin the Continental blockade, reinforcing the decision of the Emperor, cause the difficulties in order to take blue indigo from Colonies.
    But after the campaign of 1807 (Friedland and Eylau above all) Napoleon became totally irritated against the white cloth because it made quickly dirty and most of all emphasized blood and wounds, keeping low the troops'morale.
    Then he ordered to get away the white cloth and to turn on blue, but the change was completed only in 1809, owing to the costs of this operation.
    Despite of the Army's cash and the English blockade.
    Best regards
  11. vergilius New Member

    A very classic and beautiful figure !
  12. MAB Well-Known Member

    Anche questo è un bel Lavoro
    interessante la scelta del Reggimento
    per l'acccoppiata dei colori ..... devo ricordarala .....LOL
    Saluti MAB :)
  13. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Not a fan of Napoleonics, but....

    I can certainly admire superb conversion and painting! Outasite!

    All the best,
  14. periklis_sale Member

    Fantastic mate!!!!! Love the horse. Do you have any SBS about it?

  15. blaster A Fixture

    Fantastic work

    Dear Ivo,
    I am an admirer of yr figurines which I see in magazines. Yr painting skills are unsurpassed.

    Rgds Victor
  16. vergilius New Member

    I do love the additional info Marcello !
    By the way did you airbrush the horse, Ivo ?

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