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Colbourne66 Inactive Member21 Mar 2017 2:09 p.m. PST

Another battalion (almost) done – pictures on the blog:



I don't think there were any greatcoat wearing battalions at Marengo…. but it's a good way of painting up troops quickly!

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 2:20 p.m. PST

From what I can recall, I don't think French infantry were issued greatcoats until at least 1804-05. But it is a really quick way of getting units painted, as you say.

Colbourne66 Inactive Member21 Mar 2017 2:28 p.m. PST

Yeah that's what I thought…. Oh well, I guess they can be used for Austerlitz as well.

von Winterfeldt21 Mar 2017 2:33 p.m. PST

not even at Austerlitze a lot of great coats were worn, the Guard got theirs after the battle.
Though great coats were not issued French units would obtain them when being on winter campaign, then of course of all colour and cut and would throw it away on summer.
I was in Marengo in June – very very hot.

dantheman Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 3:14 p.m. PST

Wrong season for greatcoats.

Colbourne66 Inactive Member21 Mar 2017 3:25 p.m. PST

Ah well, I guess they're going to be hot then….

Dr Jeckyll Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2017 5:40 a.m. PST

Greatlooking unit anyway;)

Bill Slavin Inactive Member22 Mar 2017 6:41 a.m. PST

Great coats! :0)

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

Great looking unit . I think great coats on the French are a double edged sword IMO. On one hand you can get units on the table quicker and very nice yours are as well. However one of the attractions of Naps for me is the nice pretty uniforms.
How I will be getting around this is placing a handful of none great coated models amongst the great coated models in the hope there will be just enough splash of colour. A bit of a compromise.

von Winterfeldt22 Mar 2017 12:44 p.m. PST

in case you like to show revolutionaries you have a lot of colour options – nothing uniform – everything goes for greatcoat colour.

Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 11:21 p.m. PST

I can't understand why people think entering into Napoleonic wargaming is so daunting.

Lonkka1Actual24 Mar 2017 3:10 a.m. PST

Looking nice!

Is the sand on the base purposedly so rough?
Fist sized rock bits are not that nice to walk upon…

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 5:29 a.m. PST

From a Newbies point of view in answering the Unlucky General's question , I think its because Naps has an unfair reputation of being filled with button counters. This claim I have found to be unfounded thankfully. Instead I have found on here are a lot of nice knowledgeable people on this forum.

archiduque26 Mar 2017 4:08 a.m. PST

Very nice work!

Eclipsing Binaries27 Mar 2017 3:56 a.m. PST

As Von Winterfield said, it's hot at Marengo in June. I was there the year before and it was too hot to walk about outside. I also did a great coat wearing unit, again just to get them on the table quicker, and I'll justify it by saying it was raining the night before and the unit was too surprised by the unexpected Austrian attack to get changed.

I can send you some flags if you are happy to pay the postage.

Von Winterfield, I have been busy on some really intensive design work and have not had a chance to look at the flags we were working on together. I'll get there at some point soon!

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