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Leadjunky18 Jun 2018 7:37 p.m. PST

Any examples of uniformed militia during F&I War?

Spoercken18 Jun 2018 8:22 p.m. PST

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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2018 8:28 p.m. PST

For 28mm, Redoubt has nice figures of the Corps de Cavalerie mounted and on foot. The Osprey Order Of Battle book for Québec mentions them fighting dismounted on the Plains of Abraham.

Otherwise the rank and file Milice were never issued fancy uniforms, but did have a somewhat uniform look: at the start of each campaign they were issued a capot, shirt, breeches, mitasses, mocassins, and a blanket.

Glengarry518 Jun 2018 11:51 p.m. PST

The Quebec militia was for the most part in civilian dress (which had a pretty uniform appearance) and there was a legend that they wore different coloured toques by district but that has been disputed. The Cities of Quebec and Montreal did have one uniformed reserve militia company of wealthier citizens each (red with white facings) and there was a company of 35 students from the Quebec City Seminary who "probably" wore their school uniform of a blue capote piped white, white sash and tricorn. You can find the details in Vol 5 of the MAA series on Louis 15th's Army: Colonial and naval troops.

Leadjunky19 Jun 2018 5:15 p.m. PST

I have a few 25 mm Royal Ecossais from Old Glory in bonnets and was hoping to re-purpose them for Canada, Thanks.

Glengarry520 Jun 2018 12:03 a.m. PST

Hmmm, unfortunately the only ones wearing Scots bonnets would've been American rangers and those laced coats just won't do!

Leadjunky20 Jun 2018 8:02 p.m. PST

But I could claim them as berets…


spontoon06 Jul 2018 10:42 a.m. PST

I think the Touque had replaced the beret as the commoners headgear in New France.

Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2018 2:43 p.m. PST

The color of the torque identified the brigade: red for Quebec, white for Trois-Rivieres, & blue for Montreal per Bruce McFarlane's text.

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