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Uniform Identification for figure

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by tock24, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. tock24 Active Member

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  2. fmenardi Active Member

    Could be any fusilier, fusilier-grenadier, fusilier-chasseurs or voltigeur, by the shako. Could be a grenadier if had a bearskin bonnet or a bicorne. Bit generic, but with some painting/representation possibilities.
    I like this piece.
    All the best,
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  3. winfield Active Member

    I don't claim to be an authority but my research has shown that the French army had no regimental distinctions as did the British. To me that means that the figure could be pretty much as Fabricio has said, that being any infantryman.
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  4. peedee A Fixture


    Ian the only identification possible, due to his unifiform so covered up in campaign dress would be if there is any No. or insignia on the base if the eagle wedged in his pack ?

    The figure being dated 1812 is on his way back to France in the ill fated retreat from Moscow, dressed for the appalling extreme winter weather.

    If you wish him to be a Young Garde infantryman his overcoat would be dark blue with dark blue trousers,
    or both Dark green for the Chasseurs with black shako cover.
    If you want him as Line infantry, it would be grey or faded brown grey with white trousers and a shako cover from he same colours, most often a No. was painted on the front.

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  5. Mat Lambert A Fixture

    Paul, Sometimes I wish I was more productive in my modelling just so I could get your notes and expertise on uniformology more regularly! Excellent info.
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  6. peedee A Fixture

    Just spotted something important here.
    in the torn opening of the shako is the tricolour rosette and brass button and just visible is the top of a crown.
    So he has an eagle plate below that on the shako front. Because he has both sabre briquet and bayonet and fringed epaulettes he can be either Grenadier or Voltiguer of Line infantry, or Garde infatry.

    So..Line Voltigeurs: Green epaulette fringes with either green or yellow crescent on top and the same colours on the fringe of his sword knot if it's there.
    Line Grenadiers red fringes and crescent and sword knot.
    Garde Chasseurs same alternatives on a green coat.
    (you could add a1/2 and 1/2 yellow over green worsted ball tuft to the front with a bit of putty).
    Garde Fusiliers Grenadiers red as above Blue coat
    Garde Tirailleurs Grenadiers red fringes white strap and crescent blue coat.
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  7. tock24 Active Member

    Thanks to all for their input - much appreciated!
    Peedee seems to have narrowed it down perfectly, so its off to my references for details of each! Garde Chasseur or tiralleur sounds a bit different.......
    Best regards
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  8. Helm A Fixture

    That or he's nicked somebody elses hat:shifty:
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  9. peedee A Fixture

    Stephen, Stephen, Stephen sigh

    This is a French Gentleman

    Who would wear his own uniform to the end of the earth taking pride in the esprit de corps of his regimental distinctions.


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  10. Helm A Fixture

    I am fairly sure the dress regs were relaxed somewhat during the Retreat from Moscow Paul old chap
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  11. peedee A Fixture

    How very dare you Stephanavic the very idea.....except
    some chaps wore stuff over the top.
    bearskins old coats, saddle cloth covers,
    (ladies dresses ha humph).

  12. mick3272 A Fixture

    Ladies dresses ????
    Not to sure they had any Scottish Regiments. may be wrong though
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  13. peedee A Fixture

    Mick you're a Dick.
    Never heard of Marechal McDonald?
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  14. mick3272 A Fixture

    Of course. Big Mac had the catering concession
    along with his mate Mc Muffin.
    They were rubbish then.
  15. jai A Fixture

    were wearing any fabric could keep them warm

    just read any of the diaries written by soldiers and officers to get an idea

    the same uniforms may not necessarily be correct.

    they took the dead (sometimes even by the living) shoes, boots, jackets and coats marshes.

    Among the many invitation to read "the memoirs of Captain Coignet" Jean Roch Coignet

    his life as a servant to the captain in all the Napoleonic Wars, very interesting.

    is also available in English in various formats luxury or cheap

    From the stories we know that they fed the horses blood and all this blood had stained his face and hands ...
  16. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture


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