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Personal logo Il Granatiere Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 2:35 a.m. PST

I'm painting my first French brigade with Perry miniatures for the 1812-1813 period and to the usual figures in line I would also like to add some skirmishers.
The initial involved unit is the 3eme Regiment Suisse and for my idea I need your help.
According to my knowledge the light coy when out in skirmish order, in reality remained partly formed in front of the main line spreading a consistent part of his forces out, so in case of necessity was possible rapidly reform in a more consistent unit.
So I would like to show this fact on my wargame table, and having a company of four figures I was thinking to consider three figures out skirmishing and one as reserve between the main line and the skirmishers.
To identify correctly this figure I was thinking to a NCO with a light company fanion , so here I need your help. Anyone know about such kind of fanion for the 3rd Swiss?
Thanks in advance for your support.

Rod MacArthur04 Jan 2013 3:22 a.m. PST

Only indirectly. I have the book "Allied Swiss Troops in French Service 1785-1815" by Dider Davin and Andre Jouineau.

This has outstanding illustrations of all of the Swiss Regiments. There are no illustrations of company fanions or pennants nor any description of them for 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Swiss.

However there are illustrations of both a Voltigeur and Grenadier company pennant for the Neuchatel battalion, both carried by Sergeants or Sergeant Majors and sticking out of the top of their muskets. The Voltigeur one is yellow with a red buglehorn and the grenadier one red with a white grenade. I suspect the red buglehorn on a yellow pennant is a result of the Neuchatel red facings on their yellow uniforms.

If the 3rd Swiss did carry similar pennants then I would guess that a green buglehorn on a yellow pennant (or the reverse of that) would not be too far wrong.


Camcleod04 Jan 2013 11:42 p.m. PST

See the following TMP thread for a pic of the fanions of the 4th Swiss – facing colour with red or green emblems:
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Personal logo Il Granatiere Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2013 2:44 a.m. PST

Thanks all, I will follow your indications.

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