|Paris mounted police, from Funcken|
|Close-up of one mounted policeman|
The Austrian cuirassier uses the same bicorne head as many of the French. As “toy soldiers” I compromised and painted the backplate cast on the figure, although the Austrians historically only wore breastplates. My general goal has been to save metal file work for when it is really needed.
|Austrian Cuirassier, from Haythornthwaite|
The French chasseur a cheval uses one of the two standard helmet heads included in the various molds, and the hussar body without modification.
|French Chasseur a Cheval, from Funcken|
The marching band turned out to be more difficult than expected. The marching band mold has a figure with his arms extended, which would require various levels of re-posing to hold the instruments included. He turns out to be incredibly difficult to cast, and I could barely get enough to do the drum section. Fortunately there is a fifer mold, which casts very reliably, so the band was filled out with fifers, plus a standard bearer and a regular officer “armed” with the conductor’s baton from the band mold.
|French Marching Band|
The French National Guards were the most fun to paint. I did some light conversions with file work and putty to give most of them non-uniform trousers, and then painted them with patches, faded coats, and so forth. I used a mix of bicornes, some with plumes lost, both sideways and fore-and-aft, plus one bare head pulled in from the civilian mold. As I expand, I am probably going to do a second equally ragged unit, painting a couple of figures at a time between regular units as a treat for making progress.
|French Garde National|
The old French regular infantry wear something close enough to one of the helmets included in the mold set that I just used them as is.
|Old French regular army|
The Austrians were a pain. The Austrian casket hat from the 1793 period is not included in the molds, so I attempted to file something down from Seven Years War grenadier mitres. As my tolerance for filing diminished, I finished them up with a couple of bare heads.
|Civilians, some rather militant|
|A Representative on Mission|
That, then, is where the expansion starts, with five reasonable combat units (National Guards, regulars, and light cavalry for the French, infantry and cuirassiers for the Austrians) for AGW, a number of cameo roles, and some left-over cavalry to expand into six man units.
via The Sharp End of the Brush http://sharpbrush.blogspot.com/2019/06/expanding-french-revolution-project.html
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