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Lord Hill28 Nov 2018 1:22 p.m. PST

I am currently painting the 25th Line French Infantry and have been using the excellent Cent Jours website.

I notice that this regiment has several differences from other line regiments.
Here is the 25th link
and here, for example, is the 1st link

If you compare the officers in the 2 regiment's fusilier companies you can see the 1st officer has red cuffs, but the 25th officer's are blue. The drummers are also different. Then, comparing the Grenadier companies, the pompoms of the 25th are not tufted.

Is Centjours just showing a random range of known variations? Or is there evidence that the 25th had some special distinctions?

Many thanks in advance for your thoughts.

madaxeman28 Nov 2018 1:23 p.m. PST

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Yes, after somewhat of a hiatus here are 5 match reports of yet another fairly randomly selected ADLG army fighting at a competition held in Northern Spain at Estella.

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DrsRob28 Nov 2018 3:08 p.m. PST

As far as the cuffs are concerned, the officer of the 25th wears the undress surtout.
The Drummers of the 1st regiment still wear the Royal Livery. The green coatees are the imperial livery.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2018 3:38 p.m. PST

I think DrsRob just shows how good that Cent Jours website can be. The two officers indeed wear a totally different style coat. One with the lapels, which we expect, one the less formal rig, but just as likely on a battlefield. The cuffs will always then differ, whether cavalry or infantry.

Even better, is when they try to show folk like drummers in the transition uniform between Royal and "Empire" (for 1815 he was no longer an Emperor….officially). See the heading about Premier Restauration….in other words Orson Welles, alias Louis XVIII, had come back and just as promptly decamped to Belgium. The poor French Army had limited time to dig out the old rig and no-one really knows how far they succeeded.

I would love to know more about the chap who puts so much work into this facility, free to all. He does get grief about minor errors, but they are few and far between and he does at least update regularly

Lord Hill28 Nov 2018 4:04 p.m. PST

Many thanks gents. And what are your thoughts on the grenadier pompoms/tufted pompoms?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2018 4:07 p.m. PST

Bit camp maybe?

Not sure what else to think. Did you want dirty great feathered plumes??????

OK seriously though, why not?

Durban Gamer29 Nov 2018 5:41 a.m. PST

Madaxeman thanks for posting some more of your uniquely described AARs. Very entertaining reading as always!

Lord Hill29 Nov 2018 2:49 p.m. PST

If you look at nearly all French line regiment Grenadiers on Cent Jours, they have red tufted pompoms like this link

But the 25th are shown with ordinary pompoms, the same as the fusilier companies. See here link

Does anyone know why? Many thanks

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP29 Nov 2018 3:01 p.m. PST

Wow, someone has an eye for detail, but he is right!

I looked three times to "spot the difference" , as in kids' comics!

It is not the pompom, it is the red tuft above it.


Is there some symbolism/significance to this?

Trajanus30 Nov 2018 11:14 a.m. PST

Um,impressive TMP Bug action!

What will we do for laughs if it ever gets fixed?

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