Sunday, 4 December 2016

85e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne

I feel slightly guilty that I hinted a few posts back that I would be slowing down a bit on this project because as a result The Archduke immediately offered to paint a unit for me. Now as you know I have units in my collection painted by various talented Hinton Hunt aficionados so I wasn’t going to pass up such a chance to swell the ranks. As I’m short of French troops I thought another unit of fusiliers would be just the ticket, so here they are.


This unit will represent the grizzled veterans of the 85e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne who have an impressive list of battle honours (Ulm 1805, Austerlitz 1805, Eylau 1807, Friedland 1807, Essling and Wagram 1809) and also took part in the battle of Waterloo. I quite like the irony that a unit painted by the Archduke's own hand had such a significant part in thrashing the Austrians.


All the figures used to make up this unit are vintage ones. The rank and file are FN/5 Fusilier (charging) and the command figures are FN/1 Officer (charging), FN/4 Colour bearer (charging), FN/6 Drummer (charging).


My thanks to Nigel for equipping these splendid reinforcements and for helping to reduce the lead pile by a further 24 figures.

13 comments:

Al said...

that's a nice unit of figures, classic

Stryker said...

Cheers Al!

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Lovely old figures! Enjoy them.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Stryker said...

No worries Stokes - I will!

lewisgunner said...

That!s what you get for marrying an Austrian Princess.
Lovely work Archduke

Stryker said...

Not tonight Josephine!

Wellington Man said...

Wow! As if by magic! Lovely to see more of the Archduke's top notch work.

He doesn't do dragoons does he, by any chance?......

Stryker said...

Yes for me it was magic but I think it may have been a bit more effort for the Archduke!

Anonymous said...

excellent job

Paul

Stryker said...

Paul - they are very nice. Nigel's style is quite different from my own 'toy soldier' style and these lads do look rather tough. It's nice seeing the different ways people approach painting the same figures!

'Lee. said...


Lovely unit Ian, It's good that you get that slight variation in painting style between some units of the same basic figures, all adds to the individuality. They look most impressive.

Stryker said...

Lee - When I have time I will hold a parade of my 3 fusilier units to show off the different painting styles.

Matt said...

Very smart looking fellows.