Sunday, 28 December 2008

Régiment de Gâtinois

My next project was a unit of French infantry.

I chose the régiment de Gâtinois (or Gâtinais) that had so distinguished themselves in storming redoubt 9 at Yorktown that they were given the name "Royal Auvergne" in 1783. A proper elite regiment they must have been.

As the regiment had about 1000 men, it was quite some job painting them (1:20).

The chef du régiment on horseback originally was a Hessian general (by Perry), the other figures are Front Rank.

The colours were painted on thin lead sheet from old bottle caps (it is good never to throw anything away you might find useful some day (but please don't have a look at my cellar).

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