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HappyHiker05 May 2018 8:27 a.m. PST

Despite there already being 5000 different rule sets for napoleonics, I feel the need to convert kings of war (it's really so I can play with my 10yr old without him learning another rule set). This gives me the opportunity to have hero's in the battle. So Sharpe, Harper and maybe Hagman for the brits, but what about the frogs and prussians? Are there any french napoleonic hero's ? I'd add Voltaire, but he wasn't much use in a scrap. The 2 blokes from the dualists might do but we're they Russian? I can't think of any french (musketeers being a bit to early) . Worst case I'll have to use Captain Croissant and Major Moustache etc. But there must be some famous French soldiers ? Hugh Jackman maybe ?

Footslogger05 May 2018 8:30 a.m. PST

You could have the named main characters from Delderfield's "Seven Men of Gascony" – a bunch of French voltiguers.

setsuko05 May 2018 8:35 a.m. PST

Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was said to have herculean strength and was also a very cunning commander. He left the French army after the Egyptian campaign, but you can always include him as a "what-if" scenario later on.


Korvessa05 May 2018 8:43 a.m. PST

There is this book
A small town boy becomes a grenadier in the old guard.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 8:49 a.m. PST

It seems you are looking for fictional characters only, which dose limit you.

Real life heroes are very well documented for the British and French, if only by themselves, as diarists, of course. Anyone from 95th, Parquin/Marbot/Sgt Burgoyne/LaSalle etc etc for the French. Every discount bookshop has some account by a diarist from the Peninsula, right now.

Read up on the real history and you will enjoy it!

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 8:55 a.m. PST

Major Dulong of the 31st Light fits the bill nicely: link

holdit05 May 2018 9:34 a.m. PST

For the French, what about Brigadier Gerard?


HappyHiker05 May 2018 9:47 a.m. PST

Thanks, there's some interesting reading there, Gerard looks good, as does Delderfield. Doesn't have to be fictional, Sharpe was real, right? Right ? ;-)

All the real French heroes seem to be cavalry, glory hoggers.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 9:52 a.m. PST

Louis Lepic


Antoine de Lasalle


Pierre Cambronne


Pierre Lejeune (en francais but rose from Captain to Colonel of the 57th Infantry "Le Terrible"


For an infantrymen, Jean-Roch Coignet

And for a gunner, Antoine Drout



Artilleryman05 May 2018 10:02 a.m. PST

Go to any French novel and take out the names. Even British novels have Frenchmen; Duclos? Manette? LeFarge? Gerard? Rigaud? And who could resist Captain Neuville from the upcoming Napoleonic comedy 'The Return of the Hero'.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

The Sharpe books have plenty of evil French villains. Of course, Sharpe is the POV character. If the same episode was written from a French POV, who would then be the hero or villain?

Mike the Analyst05 May 2018 10:53 a.m. PST

Cantona ?

Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 11:21 a.m. PST

Interesting how real French 'heroes' got promoted. I don't know your rule-set but do they need to be separate from Command?

Le Breton05 May 2018 1:11 p.m. PST

If you want French heros, you might start with some selections from the 5 volumes of "Fastes de la Légion d'honneur".


The French had many real heros, in all arms of service.

Lilian06 May 2018 9:40 a.m. PST

Cantona? Ah this famous english-speaking intellectual of Great Britain, in the land of the blind the one-eyed is king…

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2018 11:57 a.m. PST

Our Colonial colleagues across the Pond must be baffled.

Cantona? Eric? Non, mais non.

It is what we call football and you call soccer. There are more important things in life, but, end of the season right now, on balance………….naw.

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