I had hoped to go with these lads once they were finished, but real life kind of got in my way. There fore I'll go with what's currently on the workbench. This is a mostly finished unit of Volontaires de l'armée, French Light Infantry for my Seven Years War project.
The French army of the period formed a lot of irregular light infantry units, like the Chasseurs de Fischer, some being very god and others not so much. They also formed ad-hoc groups of Voluntaires to perform similar tasks, the units being formed by detachments of soldiers "volontaired" from parent regiments. The officers certainly did volunteer for these units as they gave ambitious young men lacking social standing a chance to shine, I suspect they just hand picked the men from their own companies. Typically the ad hoc units were named after the commanding officer. later in the SYW, several regiments formed more permanent chasseur companies to perform similar roles, which would eventually lead to the Voltigeur companies familiar to Napoleonic gamers.
I've painted this lot of 18 as members of the Orleans regiment, although they could be from any one of several regiments with the identical regimentals. The figures are Front Rank from their FIW range, and are depicted in campaign dress. They have removed their coats and operated in sleeved red waistcoats and have modified their kit to suit an independent role. I figure that they will do very well as a unit of light infantry on table.
Still to be finished are touch ups and details on the face and hands, adding brass buttons and basework.