|Note to self - bus clean up the front of the Ordonnance colour!|
Forgive me Father it has been three weeks since my last confession....
Rumours of my death being slightly exaggerated I am back with a post again having missed two weeks with the flu. Continuing with my ongoing slow progress with my SYW project I have another 8 members of the French Touraine Regiment.
|Three Crusader figures led by a Front Rank Officer|
The rank and file members are Crusader as are the drummer and one of the two standard bearers. I wasn't overly enamoured of the Crusader command pack so pick up some Front Rank figures to swell the ranks. The Front Rankers are the two Grenadiers and the two officers in the front rank (appropriately enough). The two figure companies worked better together than I had feared, with the Grenadiers looking suitably buff compared to the fusiliers without dwarfing them.
|I'm quite happy with the unit labels.|
During the Seven Years War French Battalions had 16 fusilier companies and one Grenadier company, so in a 24 man battalion that should be 1.4 grenadier figures, which I have of course rounded up to 2 beefy men in moustaches and spiffy bearskin hats. There were often piquet or chasseur companies detached for counting, raiding or other Kleine Krieg activities which I hope to add later. Unlike the Allied armies opposing them, the grenadiers were not detached into permanent composite battalions but typically remained with the parent regiment unless detached for a specific action.
|I really like those Front Rank grenadiers.|
Of course a big attraction of a French army of the period is the flags, the white Colonel's colour and the multicoloured Ordonnance colour. Normally my default for flags is the excellent Warflag site, but the examples for Turaine seemed a little garish and I ventured more widely on the web and found these examples on the Not By Appointment site. I downloaded the jpeg, resized the images and printed them off at home. Hopefully I've not violated any copyright in the process, but these are gorgeous flags.
|16 down, 8 more to go.|
Here's the 16 completed members of the Touraine Regiment in line. I've added unit labels at the back, including a small image of the Ordonance colour for added visual reference given that I'll have several French regiments in grey-white.
|From the rear. I quite like the Crusader drummer. Being a Provincial regiment, I've given him the King's livery.|