HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE

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NAPOLEONIC WARS - FRANCE - ARTILLERIE DE LIGNE

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ARTILLERIE DE LIGNE TROUPES

Image credit is Historex NCO Color Card 653 - 656 - 657

Note:  Artillerie a pied (foot) are shown above , left foreground.  Their kits are listed in the 657 series.  Artillerie a cheval (horse) are  shown above, right foreground on foot and in the right rear, mounted.  Their kits are listed in the 656 series.  Train d'Artillerie are shown above in the background and their kits (series 653) are listed in the next section.  The Horse Artillery of the Line did not wear the pelisse, an honor given only to the Horse Artillery of the Imperial Guard.

CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms and legs.  The Artillerie a pied are on foot with one exception and the Artillerie a cheval are mounted.

ITEM

DESCRIPTION - ARTILLERIE A PIED DE LIGNE KIT PAINTED

657001

Artillerie a pied, Full Dress, on Foot - Officer $24.50 $121.00

657002

Artillerie a pied, Full Dress, on Foot - Standard Bearer $24.50 $161.00

657003

Artillerie a pied, Full Dress, on Foot - NCO Gunner $24.50 $136.00

657004

Artillerie a pied, Full Dress, on Foot - Soldier Gunner $24.50 $136.00

657005

Artillerie a pied, Full Dress, on Foot - Drummer $24.50 $141.00

657022

Artillerie a pied, Full Dress, Mounted - Officer $37.25 $248.00

ITEM

DESCRIPTION - ARTILLERIE A CHEVAL DE LIGNE KIT PAINTED

656001

Artillerie a cheval, Full Dress, Mounted - Officer $37.25 $248.00

656002

Artillerie a cheval, Full Dress, Mounted - Standard Bearer $37.25 $288.00

656003

Artillerie a cheval, Full Dress, Mounted - NCO Gunner $37.25 $248.00

656004

Artillerie a cheval, Full Dress, Mounted - Soldier Gunner $37.25 $248.00

656005

Artillerie a cheval, Full Dress, Mounted - Trumpeter $37.25 $248.00

 

TRAIN D'ARTILLERIE DE LIGNE

Image credit is Historex NCO Color Card 653 - 654 - 655

Note:  Train d'Artillerie is shown above in the left background.  These were the troops assigned to haul a battery's equipment including guns, caissons, forges, and wagons.  There are two periods of uniforms represented below: 1804-08 (wearing high boots) and 1809-12 (wearing Hussar-style boots).  They can be used as Guard or Line troops with the difference in the shade of the jacket being the most distinguishing uniform feature.

CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms.   All figures are mounted. 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION TRAIN D'ARTILLERIE : 1804-1808 KIT PAINTED

653301

Train d'Artillerie Officer 1804-08, Mounted $34.25 $248.00

653304

Train d'Artillerie Driver (Conducteur) 1804-08, Mounted* $34.25 $248.00

653304a

Train d'Artillerie NCO Outrider 1804-08, Mounted* $39.05 $254.00

653305

Train d'Artillerie Trumpeter 1804-08, Mounted $34.25 $248.00

ITEM

DESCRIPTION TRAIN D'ARTILLERIE : 1809-1812 KIT PAINTED

653401

Train d'Artillerie Officer 1809-12, Mounted $34.25 $248.00

653404

Train d'Artillerie Driver (Conducteur) 1809-12, Mounted* $34.25 $248.00

653404a

Train d'Artillerie NCO Outrider 1809-12, Mounted* $34.25 $248.00

653405

Train d'Artillerie Trumpeter 1809-12, Mounted $34.25 $248.00

 

* The "Soldier" kits (653304 and 653404) and the "NCO" (653304a and 653404a) kits are intended to be either a driver (conducteur) who rides the left-hand horse in a team or an NCO outrider.  The kit is not properly furnished for either one!  Gun team kits, four-horse team kits, and two-horse team kits include drivers (conducteurs) and horses with proper saddles and harnessing equipment.  To make an "outrider" of the Train d'Artillerie, the two "soldier" kits above have to be supplemented with spare parts, e.g., the proper saddle or saddlecloth, portmanteau, etc.  The Train d'Artillerie officer and trumpeter kits are OK.

 

MORE ABOUT OUTRIDERS

The artillery of all countries was pulled by a train company, separate from the artillerists who manned the cannons and howitzers.  An example is the French Train d'Artillerie of the Guard and Line.  Cannons and ammunition wagons were pulled by a minimum of four horses, six horses over difficult terrain.  In general, a company of the Train d'Artillerie was assigned to each infantry division's artillery, usually two batteries, sometimes more. 

Each team of four or six horses was led by the first "conducteur" or driver who rode the lead team horse.  A group of two or more teams, usually a cannon team and an ammunition team, was commanded by the equivalent of a Train d'Artillerie corporal who rode a separate horse and was known, in English, as an "outrider" because he rode outside or beside the teams.  Two cannons comprising a minimum of two gun teams and two ammunition teams, in addition to the two corporal outriders, was commanded by a sergeant outrider.  The two guns formed a section of the artillery battery commanded by a lieutenant of the artillery who generally rode so as to direct the section into position.

The only Train d'Artillerie "outriders" were, therefore, the officers, trumpeters, and NCO's of the Train d'Artillerie company assigned to transport the batteries.  The "soldier" kit above should have been kitted with the correct saddle and rank insignia of an NCO.  Again, individual soldiers were the conduteurs and rode the team horses.

 

 

HX3323

TRAIN D'ARTILLERY DE LIGNE IN GREATCOATS,  FOUR-HORSE TEAM, TWO DRIVERS, ONE LIMBER, ONE 8-PDR CANNON
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FRIEDLAND ARTILLERY VIGNETTE

HX3301 (HISTOREX 30301)

The vignette represents an 8-Pounder cannon of the Artillerie de Ligne in action and consists of one 8-Pounder cannon, six artillery crewmen, one mounted artillery officer, a two-horse team with conducteur and limber.

KIT $125.00 / PAINTED PRICE ON REQUEST

 



French Gribeauval 8-Pounder Cannon pulled by a six-horse team of the Train d'Artillerie assembled and painted by George Grasse

 

NEED EXTRA HORSES? 

HOW TO ORDER HORSE COMPONENTS

All mounted kits contain a horse head set (center column above) and two horse halves (left and right columns above).  The kits are pre-packaged generally with random horse parts but usually the most popular.  Note that the left horse half is an odd number and the right horse half is an even number.  All components are completely interchangeable.

YOU CAN SPECIFY HORSE COMPONENTS IN KITS OR ORDER AS SPARES

***  Horse Head Sets are numbers 1 thru 9 (part numbers are HXHD01 thru HXHD09)

PRICE PER HEAD SET IS $3.25

*** Horse Left Halves are odd numbers 1 thru 19 (HXLH01 thru HXLH19)

*** Horse Right Halves are even numbers 2 thru 20 (HXLH02 thru HXLH20)

PRICE PER HORSE HALF IS $4.45

A single horse would be ordered as, for example, HXHD05 (head set), HXLH03 (left horse half), and HXRH08 (right horse half)

PRICE PER COMPLETE HORSE (2 HALVES & HEAD SET) IS $11.75

 

 

 

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