Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Languedoc? No, the Marines have landed!

Okay, so they're not really marines. They are European regulars recruited by the Ministére de la Marine to serve in the colonies and organized as independent companies known as the Compagnies Franches de la Marine. The officers and drummer are requisitioned Languedoc soldiers. I repainted the standard having read that if the Compagnies carried a flag it might be the Bourbon white cross on a white ground. There are other theories regarding other possible designs, but I quite like the look of this flag, so there it is.

Here are the two companies deployed on the Plains.

Like the La Sarre companies, I needed NCOs for the Compagnies, so I painted on their rank insignia. Sergeants now have lace on the edges of the coat cuffs and pocket flaps;  the Corporals have three rank stripes on the coat cuffs.

Last up is a company of Marines in "campaign attire," veterans with perhaps years of experience in frontier warfare. This is the second of two companies that will defend the fortress city of Quebec at Recruits.

So the French forces are done! I have 25 British soldiers of the 28th Regiment left to varnish and both armies for the Battle of Quebec will be complete.

See ya at Recruits.

Monday, August 20, 2012

"Apres Vous, Messieurs Les Anglais!"

Regiment La Sarre has arrived on schedule. Lt. Col. de Senezergues sends his regards.

2 companies of Regulars and a company of Grenadiers (in the red waistcoats below) will represent La Sarre at the Battle of Quebec.

La Sarre needed only minor repaints. Mr. Jenkins has not provided his French regulars with NCOs, so I painted a Sergeant and Corporal for each of the two Regular companies. The Sergeants have lace trim on the edges of their coat cuffs and the Corporals three stripes on each cuff.

About 60 soldiers left to varnish for Recruits!

See ya.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Languedoc? No, La Sarre!

I needed a company of La Sarre Grenadiers, and these Languedoc regulars stepped up. They exchanged their blue waistcoats for the red of La Sarre, and being true Continental Grenadiers, agreed to grow the requisite mustaches.

Here are the La Sarre Grenadiers marching onto the Plain of Abraham. Note the red and blue forage caps, too.


If I stay on schedule, the two companies of Regulars will join the Grenadiers this weekend.

Time for a reality check; to complete all the soldiers needed for the Battle of Quebec at Recruits in September, I have to varnish 30 figures a week for the next 3 weeks. With the major repaints complete now, it might just happen : )

Stay tuned!