HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE

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COLONIAL PERIOD FRENCH ARMY  1775 - 1791

FRENCH INFANTRY & CAVALRY SUITABLE FOR THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR

 

FRENCH LINE INFANTRY 1779-1791

Credit for this image is Eugène Leliepvre, Historex Color Card 8208, Historex NCO.

Historex NCO 829 Series - French Infantry of the Line 1779-91 - is based on the uniform regulation of 1779 which replaced the unpopular Saint-Germain reforms of 1774 which introduced uniform articles that were considered "Prussian" and implemented sparingly beginning in May 1776.    In February 1779, a new uniform regulation re-introduced the "French" style which included revised facing colors.  Chartrand in The French Army in the American War of Independence (see references below), suggests that the French line regiments serving in the American colonies did not adopt the 1779 uniform until the Spring or Summer of 1781; so, they were uniformed in the 1776 uniform up until that time.  Consult your references and/or use the list at the bottom of the page.

CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms and legs 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION KIT PAINTED

829001

French Infantry of the Line 1779-1791 - Officer $24.50 $121.00

829002

French Infantry of the Line 1779-1791 - Standard Bearer $24.50 $171.00
829003 French Infantry of the Line 1779-1791 - NCO $24.50 $136.00
829004 French Infantry of the Line 1779-1791 - Soldier $24.50 $136.00
829005 French Infantry of the Line 1779-1791 - Drummer $24.50 $141.00
829022 French Infantry of the Line 1779-1791- Mounted Officer $37.25 $248.00

 

Kit 829022 French Infantry of the Line Mounted Officer

 

LAUZUN LEGION 1778-1785

Credit for this image is Eugène Leliepvre, Costume Militaire Ancien Régime, Plate 12, Hussard du Marais. 

Series 705 and 706 Series - The Lauzun Legion, Voluntaires étrangers de Lauzun, originated as the 2eme  Légion Voluntaires étrangers de la Marine, one of three raised at the beginning of the American Revolution.  This was a mixed corps of infantry and hussars.  The cavalry were dressed as hussars with light blue dolmans laced yellow and yellow breeches.  One half of cavalry contingent was armed with the sword and the other half with the lance formed into Compagnies Ordinaires.  The headquarters company, Compagnie Générale, of the legion contained a troop of hussars in red breeches.  The Lauzun Legion was maintained 1778-85.  The Eugène Leliepvre image above is taken from Planche No. 12, La Legion de Lauzun 1778-1785, Hussard du Marais, Paris.  It shows 3) Sous-Officier, 4) Lancier-Soldat, and 6) Hussard-Soldat all of the Compagnie Ordinaire and 5) Lancier-Soldat of the Compagnie Générale (HQ company).

ITEM

DESCRIPTION KIT PAINTED
705001 The Duke of Lauzun Mounted $37.25 $268.00
705002 The Duke of Lauzun on Foot $24.50 $136.00
706001 Lauzun Legion Hussar Mounted - Officer $37.25 $268.00
706004 Lauzun Legion Hussar Mounted - Trooper $37.25 $268.00
706005 Lauzun Legion Hussar Mounted - Trumpeter $37.25 $268.00

 

 

GARDES FRANÇAISES 1775-1789

Credit for this image is Eugène Leliepvre, Série Ancien Régime, Plate 8, Le Cimier. 

Historex NCO Series 898 - The French Guards, Gardes Françaises, 1775-1789.  This guard regiment of the King's Household (Maison du Roi) was originally raised in 1563 and by 1775 had as many as thirty-two 200-man companies.  During war, six battalions were formed and served with the field army.  Officers and men were native-born Frenchman.  At least three of the companies were grenadiers and wore the fur bonnet (shown at far left, above).  The rest were termed as fusiliers and wore the tricorne.  Distinctive features of the uniform were the blue coat with red lining, the heavily embroidered buttonhole lace, and white metal buttons (pewter for the men, silver for the officers).

ITEM

DESCRIPTION KIT PAINTED
898001 French Guard 1775-1789 - Officer $24.50 $131.00
898002 French Guard 1775-1789 - Standard Bearer $24.50 $171.00
898003 French Guard 1775-1789 - NCO $24.50 $146.00
898004 French Guard 1775-1789 - Soldier $24.50 $146.00
898005 French Guard 1775-1789 - Drummer $24.50 $151.00
898014 French Guard 1775-1789 - Fifer $24.50 $136.00

 

 

GARDES SUISSES 1775-1792

Gardes Suisses fusiliers from a plate by Eugène Leliepvre, Série Ancien Régime, Plate 8, Le Cimier. 

Historex NCO Series 899 - The Swiss Guards, Gardes Suisses, 1775-1792.  This regiment was introduced into the Maison du Roi Gardes in 1616 and numbered twelve 200-man companies by the 18th Century.  Their uniform distinctions were the red coat with blue facings and white lining, white lace buttonholes and piping, and white metal buttons (pewter for the men, silver for officers). 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION KIT PAINTED
899001 Swiss Guard 1775-1792 - Officer $24.50 $131.00
899002 Swiss Guard 1775-1792 - Standard Bearer $24.50 $171.00
899003 Swiss Guard 1775-1792 - NCO $24.50 $146.00
899004 Swiss Guard 1775-1792 - Soldier $24.50 $146.00
899005 Swiss Guard 1775-1792 - Drummer $24.50 $151.00
899014 Swiss Guard 1775-1792 - Fifer $24.50 $136.00

 

Swiss Garde painted by George Grasse

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ADDITIONAL HELPFUL PAINTING GUIDES

Chartrand, René.  The French Army in the American War of Independence.  Osprey Men-at-Arms Series No. 244.  London: Osprey, reprinted 1997.

Elting, John R. Napoleonic Uniforms, Volume 1.  New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1993.

Funcken, Liliane and Fred.  Arms and Uniforms: The Lace Wars, Part 1.  London: Ward Lock Limited, 1977.

Leliepvre, Eugène.  L'Armée de Louis XVI et La Guerre d'Amerique.  Série Ancien Regime, No. IX.  Paris: Éditions Le Cimier.

Leliepvre, Eugène.  Costume Militaire - Ancien Regime, No. 12 - La Légion de Lauzun.  Paris: Edition Hussard du Marais.

 

 

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