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MiniPigs In the TMP Dawghouse06 Sep 2019 6:28 p.m. PST

Do Napoleonic Francophile gamers really like the white uniform the French infantry wore for a bit in the early period?

Also, do you put your money where your mouth is and own a unit like this among your French forces (Photos a plus)?

I ask because I wonder if it doesn't water down the effect of having an all blue French army on tabletop?

Mike Petro07 Sep 2019 4:05 a.m. PST

If we lived to 700 years old, I think I would paint the 15th with Soult(1809). That would be the only regiment for me.

von Winterfeldt07 Sep 2019 4:13 a.m. PST

For my French Revolutionary Army, for sure there will be some old regiments with white coats, one already completed – still have to convert a Royal colour into a Republican, which is not easy.

nugrim07 Sep 2019 4:29 a.m. PST

As a francophobe I hate white uniforms

Sho Boki Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Sep 2019 5:08 a.m. PST

Definitely I like them. As I like them in later period.
The same uniform, different colors.

Duc de Brouilly07 Sep 2019 8:12 a.m. PST

The 15th in their white uniform is on my 'to do' list as well.

Garde de Paris07 Sep 2019 12:21 p.m. PST

Back in the 1970's, I had the 33eme de ligne painted for me – white faced "violette," after Stadden (conversions, 30mm). I also did the Paris Guard in green uniforms.

Then I decided to focus on the Peninsular War, and found (to my horror)that the 33eme never served in Spain!

Eventually I did battalion of he 2eme Leger; the 15eme de ligne (white faced black); used the 33eme as the 36eme de ligne; and have since done a large unit of Victrix French Line in bicorns with a drummer faced violette (imaginations-style) as another battalion of the 36eme, and use them as the 1st Brigade of my IInd Corps "Division."

2nd Brigade is a battalion of the (Stadden) 17eme Leger (Drum Major in yellow with Polish Czapka); (Victrix) 27eme de ligne; (Victrix) 65eme de ligne; and (Stadden) 88eme de ligne.

3rd Brigade will be (?) Legion du Midi; (stadden) 26eme de ligne; (Stadden) 3rd Swiss; and (Stadden) Paris Guard in Green.

My "Rainbow" Division.


Garde de Paris07 Sep 2019 12:23 p.m. PST

You asked for photos, and I have not learned how to post them to this site. As a note, I discovered "" today, only to learn that they are shutting down this Monday, September 9.


setsuko09 Sep 2019 11:02 p.m. PST

Not really, but I'm considering doing Joseph Bonapart's regiment at some point and they used white uniforms with green facings.

Lambert10 Sep 2019 1:34 p.m. PST

GdeP – it took me a long time to figure out how to post photos here, but I managed it using Dropbox.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2019 3:06 p.m. PST

>>As a francophobe I hate white uniforms

A totally ridiculous take on things, given half the Continent at least, and Russia, explicitly saw white as the 'Royal' colour de rigeur and clothed themselves accordingly!
Et toi, mon cher… d

von Winterfeldt11 Sep 2019 10:51 p.m. PST

here white coated French Republican infantry

mort aus tyrans !!


WarEmblem22 Sep 2019 9:51 p.m. PST

No. I fulfill my Old World dynastic urges by painting Austrians. Various shades of white, especially hues like antique and ivory really do give it the feel of ancient, royal conservative monarchy. I enjoy my French looking like brigands and swashbucklers.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2019 4:58 p.m. PST

von Winterfeldt 11 Sep 2019 11:51

here white coated French Republican infantry

Very nice gold star and these would be the only 'white' frenchies in my future je crois for a slightly backdated view of the Revolutionary period since a friend has raised an early Austrian force;
save a few selectly placed 'Guide-Interprete' chaps for my petit Grande Armée 1805 (good ol' Minifigs 25s.

As for WarEmblem comment- I also have built up an 'enemy' corps based upon the Austrians @ Austerlitz (W.Foundry 28s).

I'd go as far as saying painting this smaller discrete force of mixed types was more enjoyable than the mass of French in blue, but I am no heretic! Certainly Keinmeyers Avant-Garde which fought so well (but strategically badly following their 'directed' orders) is a well mixed bunch. The only white OTTOMH being O'Reillys Cheavaux-Leger and some Grenz.

And no, the 'line in white' are definitely not yet completed.

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