54mm SCALE PLASTIC KITS
COLONIAL PERIOD FRENCH INFANTRY 1750 - 1760
FRENCH INFANTRY SUITABLE FOR THE SEVEN YEARS WAR AND THE FRENCH & INDIAN WAR
The Historex 862 Series - French Infantry of the Line 1750-60 - is based on the uniform regulation of 1736 and modifications in 1747 with minor changes up to 1760. In general, the uniform did not have lapels which appeared around 1760. These models represent French infantry as they appeared during the Seven Years War and its cousin, the French and Indian War, roughly 1754-1760. By 1750, the number of French line infantry regiments stood at 84 regiments composed of 172 battalions and by 1762, there were 88 regiments composed of 187 battalions. Most regiments during the 1750-60 period had two battalions, a few had three. All infantry regiments of the line , that is infanterie françaises (composed of native Frenchmen) wore the grey-white uniform except Du Perche, Grenadiers de France, and the Regiment de Fusiliers d'Artillerie, all of whom wore dark blue.
Added to the French line infantry were the foreign regiments, régiments de infanterie étrangers, formed of German, Italian, Irish, Saxon, Scot, and Swiss nationalities most of whom were mercenaries. They wore red or dark blue jackets with variations in blue-grey or white to denote them on the battlefield. Good sources for the foreign regiments are Funcken The Lace Wars Part 1, pages 60-63, and Chartrand Louis XV's Army (3): Foreign Infantry. Of note in the Funcken reference are colored representations of the flags of all of the infantry on pages 48-51 and 63-65.
These models can be used to make the Royal Guard Infantry of the period but would require the addition of extensive button hole loops to the jacket. The Guard regiments were: Gardes de la Porte (Guards of the Gate - strictly palace guards), Gardes-Françaises (French Guards), Gardes Suisses (Swiss Guards), and two special companies to serve as bodyguards to the grandsons of King Louis XV: Gardes de la Porte de Monsieur and Gardes de la Porte de Monsieur le Comte de Provence).
CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms and legs
|French Infantry of the Line 1750-1760 - Officer||$24.50||$121.00|
|French Infantry of the Line 1750-1760 - Standard Bearer||$24.50||$171.00|
|862003||French Infantry of the Line 1750-1760 - NCO||$24.50||$136.00|
|862004||French Infantry of the Line 1750-1760 - Soldier||$24.50||$136.00|
|862005||French Infantry of the Line 1750-1760 - Drummer||$24.50||$141.00|
|The vignette above entitled "Barter at Fort Carillon" includes a French Infantry Sergeant and Drummer bargaining with an American Indian Squaw at Fort Carillon during the French & Indian War|
|863000||"Barter at Fort Carillon" - French & Indian War Vignette||$43.25||POR|
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ADDITIONAL HELPFUL PAINTING GUIDES
Chartrand, René. Louis XV's Army (2): French Infantry. Osprey Men-at-Arms Series No. 302. London: Osprey, 1996.
Chartrand, René. Louis XV's Army (3): Foreign Infantry. Osprey Men-at-Arms Series No. 304. London: Osprey, 1997.
Funcken, Liliane and Fred. Arms and Uniforms: The Lace Wars, Part 1. London: Ward Lock Limited, 1977.
Leliepvre, Eugène. Infantry 1750-60, Cavalry 1730-40. Série Ancien Regime, No. II Paris: Éditions Le Cimier.
Leliepvre, Eugène. Infantry 1750-60, Cavalry 1730-40. Série Ancien Regime, No. III. Paris: Éditions Le Cimier.
Leliepvre, Eugène. Costume Militaire - Ancien Regime, No. 13 - Regiments Étrangers 1735-1778. Paris: Edition Hussard du Marais.
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