Generic French Ligne battalion

31 Jul

Well, so I finally managed to finish these after all.

What can I say about these. Well first of all I plan to use these as a stand in for a marine artillery battalion at Möckern. As I said before, there is very little use for these men (marine artillery that is) outside this battle. So the three battalions already painted will be the maximum for me and the other six battalions will be served by stand ins.
Which is just as well. With the standardisation of the French uniforms during the later parts of the Napoleonic wars, the only difference between one unit and he other are the inscriptions on their flags. So having a generic battalion of Frenchmen comes in handy.
These Calpe minis here are just perfect for a generic unit. First of all their greatcoats swollow up what little difference there might be in uniform. The other thing is, that they come with flags and fannions covered up in oilskin. This easily masks the last destinguishing mark of the unit. Usually I would have removed these and replaced them with proper GMB flags (after all Napoleonics are about splendor, right!), but in this case I was just fine with that and kept them this way.
What else is there to say about these? Well as usual I loved to paint these. The detail of the Calpe minis is just great, as is the quality which makes the a joy to paint. While I keep repeating myself in this regard, I really mean it and I have to say with the Calpe French range expanding, I already regret having so many I unpainted Perrys lying around. (Face it… The animation on the Perrys is great and they are almost as detailed, but the casting quality is abysmal.)

Anyway, on to the paintjob itself. As usual I went for a muddied “on campaign” look, with greatcoats and trousers of different colours to represent men that had been everywhere for Napoleon and had to take what they could get, to replace lost items.
I painted stands for the Voltigeurs, Grenadiers and first to third companies. Right now I only need small 400 men battalions as stand ins, so this is enough. When done with the Möckern preparations, I shall return to these and paint them another stand for the 4th company to bring them to the average strength for the period I am playing, but this is the existence they will need to lead right now. So on to the minis themselves:

Generic French Battalion (frontal view)

Generic French Battalion (frontal view)



Command - 1st Company

Command – 1st Company

2nd Company

2nd Company

3rd Company

3rd Company

Before anyone mentions it. Yes, I know the Pom Pom colour for 3rd Companies should be rather a pinkish red. Not sure why I went for yellow here. I will change that soon.



Generic French Battalion (march collumn)

Generic French Battalion (march collumn)

Now those remembering my last post will ask “what will we see next and when?”.
Well in recent days I felt like I have gotten over my painters block. But you will not see anything new from me till late August at the earliest. We will be off to a three week hiking and festival trip to Scotland and Wales soon. After all the stress of recent months, I really feel I can use it! So if you see someone who looks like a Wargamers happy to unwind on a Ben or Munro in Scotland, up on Mount Snowdon or at the 40th anniversary concert of one of my favourite bands (Runrig)… say hi! 😉 When I return, there will hopefully be pictures of the next French unit, those riverboards I have bee working on or even better… another game report!

Take care!


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22 responses to “Generic French Ligne battalion

  1. Ian

    August 1, 2013 at 18:30

    Again, another good looking unit,I really like the campaign look you achive


    • Burkhard

      August 2, 2013 at 12:23

      Thank you Ian! These days I could kick myself for not doing the same on my modern and WWII minis, but I am not going back to repaint a couple hundred minis, so I will have to live with it!

  2. dragoonregt

    August 1, 2013 at 22:10

    Great work!

  3. cstoesen

    August 1, 2013 at 22:40

    These are very nice.

    • Burkhard

      August 2, 2013 at 12:25

      Thanks… always glad to please!

  4. mikeland82

    August 2, 2013 at 13:38

    Lovely painting, very characterful. You have brought out the best in these minis. Really love the mud splatter.

    • Burkhard

      August 9, 2013 at 16:08

      THX Mike,

      Really appreciated!

  5. Tom Halpin

    August 3, 2013 at 10:18

    These are fantastic as always, Burkhard. If I had the cash and a smaller Ben/Mynydd of metal & plastic, I would be seriously tempted by Calpe’s French Napoleonics…..

    Remember, I live just outside Aberystwyth and, being “between jobs”, plenty of time at the moment, if you’re in the vicinity and fancy meeting up. No real “mountains” here in Mid- Wales but still some good walking….

    • Burkhard

      August 9, 2013 at 16:24

      Regarding the money… I am beginning to wonder if that can really be a factor. Do not get me wrong… I am no snobbish enough to think that money does not matter. In recent years I have often noticed though, that sub par minis give me less joy than a real good one does. And I have often wondered if it is not better to have one great mini instead of two or three average ones. Not an easy decision and I have more than my share of Perry plastics to prove that I have not come to a final decision yet either! 😉

      • Tom Halpin

        August 9, 2013 at 17:30

        I have to agree with you there, my friend, and I may yet replace my Perry Prussians with Calpe. I should be starting my new job in about 8 weeks so I might be able to start thinking about a battalion/squadron/battery per month again. Of course there are also driving lessons, household stuff and new scuba gear to think about too …

        • Burkhard

          August 9, 2013 at 18:06

          I still have some unpainted Perry plastic Prussians around. Could not convince myself to paint them up for this Möckern project. I shall eventually paint them, but they will most likely be used for one of those late war formations that will only be useful for the 100 days.

          The worst mistake I ever made was the Warlord Landwehr… Life simply is too short to paint such poor minis!

          Are you starting scuba diving anew or just updating your equipment? If it is the former, feel free to drop me a line… I am a three star diver. Although you know… adivise from divers is a bit like opinions. There are always two of them and some of them stink! 😉

          • Tom Halpin

            August 9, 2013 at 18:32

            Yes, Burkhard, I think I mentioned in a previous response that I too had bought several packs of the Warlord Landwehr, before I did the maths and decided I could afford Calpe, as well as some of their metal packs. As you have already said, painting Peter’s minis is actually an enjoyable experience – if beginners knew to start with good quality figures such as these,our hobby would attract much larger numbers, I believe!!!

            I am a PADI Divemaster but ain’t dived for over 2 years now. The guy who owned the diveshop in Port Erin, Isle of Man, with whom I did Advanced through to DM, had to sell his business when his wife wanted a divorce and I had minor surgery, for which I was over-anaesthetised, about the same time, so I was out of diving for several months back then. He had promised me a tank but I never got it 😦 Therefore my priorities are to buy at least 1 tank and get my BCD and regs checked, then just get back in the water to refresh my skills. Once that’s done I shall find some buddies with whom to dive locally. 2 years ago I was hoping to get to Malta to do my Instructor’s Course but now, at 52, I’m not sure – I shall do the EFR Instructor’s course because that’s easy for a critical care nurse like me and might help me move into a formal role, working as a Resuscitation Training Officer – Monday – Friday, office hours, no night shifts, weekends and bank holidays off – ah, something to hope for ….

  6. vonpeterhimself

    August 3, 2013 at 13:28

    Another great battalion Burkhard. I like those figures … but I think you know that already! 8O)

    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      August 9, 2013 at 16:28

      THX vP! And who would have guessed you would like these! 😉

  7. Robert

    August 4, 2013 at 02:00

    Okay, I’ve just got to get myself a battalion of these once Peter has the march attack poses ready.

    I love the mud ‘n grime effect you have achieved here, Burkhard.

    • Burkhard

      August 9, 2013 at 16:45

      Well Robert, mention it when you order from Peter… maybe I will get royalties one day! 😛 Glad you liked them!

  8. Engel

    August 4, 2013 at 07:14

    Great looking unit. Love the muddy look you achieved on them.

  9. Curt

    August 8, 2013 at 03:09

    Wow, that is a wonderful looking unit. I always have had a soft spot for seeing troops in campaign uniform and these do not disappoint. Well done, Burkhard.

    • Burkhard

      August 9, 2013 at 17:18

      Thank you Curt, maybe it is because they look like real soldiers!

  10. Jim Duncan

    October 15, 2013 at 15:13

    Great figure painting, as good as anything I’ve seen in the last 40 years.

    Well done.

    • Burkhard

      October 15, 2013 at 15:17

      Thank you Jim!

      Looking at your post on TMP… looking forward to seeing you at Crisis!


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