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Fritz II Inactive Member25 Nov 2012 9:07 a.m. PST


as I need diversity during painting Im hardly able to paint up a complete unit at once. Therefore I often paint up two different units at the same time.

Parallel to my already shown Grenzers Im also painting the French Dragoon Regiment Apchon at the moment.

Here is a little picture.

As it is a pity to take the models from the vitrine only for gaming I sometimes build up small displays on my gaming table just for fun and to see how the armies are growing. I also put the unfinished units onto the table just for motivating me to finish the regiments. It is always a great feeling to see how the units are steadily growing.

Here is a view upon my "battlefield".

If you are interested there are some more pictures on my blog though they are not of high quality.
I should have learned to handle cameras. ;)


timurilank25 Nov 2012 9:30 a.m. PST

Very nice layout. I like diverstiy as well, but I think I would not be able to handle different painting projects at the same time. Terrain and painting yes.

More pictures please, when the dragoons are done.

Fritz II Inactive Member25 Nov 2012 9:34 a.m. PST

Thank you, Robert.

I will post more pictures of this unit as soon as they are finished. ;)


Gonsalvo25 Nov 2012 10:23 a.m. PST

Both the dragoons and the table set up are great eye candy!

Fritz II Inactive Member25 Nov 2012 11:43 a.m. PST

Thank you very much :)

Marcus Maximus Inactive Member26 Nov 2012 12:44 a.m. PST

Beautiful figures and great terrain table, and I see 24 figure battalions (just like mine), I would love to do the 60 figure btn but I do not have the space of a football pitch to play them on…

I like the ploughed fields, how did you make them?

Guy Barlow 5 Inactive Member26 Nov 2012 5:04 a.m. PST

I am painting exactly the same unit at the momemnt using Minden figures! I have however been chewing over what to paint the musicians as the web site gives no indication except to say that the colours of the de Apchon family were used. I was wondering whether to use the colours from the hatching on the saddles. It would be more interesting than a red coat. I can't find anything about the family on the web except some reference some hundreds of years earlier.

Fritz II Inactive Member26 Nov 2012 6:07 a.m. PST

Thank you all.
@MarcusMacimus: I've bought a sheet of ploughed fields (about DinA4) and cut it into 4 pieces. I don't really remember the manufacturer but it could have been Faller or Noch. After cutting I just glued the pieces on a greater plasticard, did some sanding on the edges and painted it up.

@GuyBarlow5: so we do have the same problem. I don't know how to paint the trumpeter either. I haven't found a hint for the colors yet though I've also searched in different sources (Osprey, Funcken, Kronoskaf, the Web)

Guy Barlow 5 Inactive Member28 Nov 2012 4:19 a.m. PST


Yes tried those books to no avail. I can only hope that the colour on the saddle hatching must have had some sort of relevance to the de Apchon family. Regards, Guy

Marcus Maximus Inactive Member01 Dec 2012 11:59 p.m. PST

Many thanks Mike for getting back with the answer to the ploughed fields. I'm going to borrow that idea, it's simple but effective, thanks for sharing and i've made your blog a favourite too.

archiduque02 Dec 2012 4:29 a.m. PST


Musketier Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2012 5:48 a.m. PST

The regimental lace of blue and golden yellow would indeed appear to echo the Apchon coat of arms (gold strewn with blue fleur-de-lys), so yellow coats with blue facings (and perhaps blue lace along the seams as well) would seem quite plausible.

Did French dragoons have trumpeters at this early stage?

Guy Barlow 5 Inactive Member18 Dec 2012 3:43 a.m. PST

The minden dragoon musician has a drum. Following the advice above I will definately go with the golden yellow coat option with blue cuffs etc.

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