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Crucible Orc02 Dec 2019 6:34 p.m. PST

I've finally snapped some new pics of my french Infantry and vehicles.



skipper John02 Dec 2019 7:06 p.m. PST

Really nice!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2019 7:33 p.m. PST

Great looking collection.

Brownand03 Dec 2019 2:52 a.m. PST

very nice. 1940 French are a great army tot do

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2019 2:53 a.m. PST

The blue outfit is really striking and not something I had encountered before. I imagined thye were something like Chasseur Alpines, pure guesswork but I now know better. Great work

Personal logo foxbat Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2019 3:46 a.m. PST

Beautiful job, what scale are they?

deadhead, the chasseurs alpins are -to this present day – the French mountain troops while the chasseurs portÚs were the mechanized unfantry of the DCRs during the 2nd World War wink

Crucible Orc03 Dec 2019 4:41 a.m. PST

Foxbat – they are 28mm Crusader miniatures.

Deadhead – both the Chasseurs a Pied and the Chasseur portes had blue pants. I chose them because its far more striking then the average world war 2 uniform. it adds a little bit of colour to the otherwise olive drab/brown/grey sea of ww2 uniforms.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2019 5:12 a.m. PST

Oh brilliant. I was nearly right then! Bothe had blue pants. Remember this is way out of my "comfort Zone" for the period. Chasseurs Portes are new to me, but do make for a very unusual and striking look. Combined with such a variety of armour they are superb

15mm and 28mm Fanatik03 Dec 2019 9:04 a.m. PST

They look too good to surrender.

Grelber03 Dec 2019 11:09 a.m. PST

Really great! I hadn't realized the chasseurs porte wore blue trousers, either--they look very dashing! I may have to look into doing some French--I did 20 mm Airfix back in the '70s, and was very happy to find Heller S-35 tanks to go with them. Clearly, there are a lot more tanks and vehicles available now!


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2019 4:29 p.m. PST

All very nice. The Chasseurs are especially striking. Do you have pictures of the motorcycle troops?

Crucible Orc03 Dec 2019 5:55 p.m. PST

the motorcycle troops are just a 5 man team of the same figures. they are in the support photo(3rd one). they are just left over figures from the Chasseur platoons.

Mark 1 Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2019 7:21 p.m. PST

WW2 French are such a treat. You can read and study for an entire life, and still find things you didn't know (or can no longer remember).

Chassuers Portes -- the troops that role with the tanks … IF you are in a DCR.

Dragons Portes -- the troops that role with the tanks … IF you are in a DLM.

Now keep that straight, OK? Don't mix them up with Chassuers Alpins, Chasseurs d'Afrique, and Chassuers Parachutistes.

And please do not confuse Chasseur (Portes or not) units with Infanterie or Tirailleur units. Or Dragons (non-Portes) with Hussards, Cuirassiers and Spahis.

For a guy who is plagued by spelling errors even in English, it's a cornucopia of spellcheck fails.

They are beautiful though, aren't they. I applaud not only the color of the pants, but the selection of the figures and models, and all the other details. Really such a treat to examine.

Although, um, I do feel compelled to ask about the officer in the soixante-quinze gun crew in pics 4, 5 and 6. He is pretty clearly pointing his pistol at the head of gun-layer. So … is there a back-story to this choice of poses?

(See I really DO look at all the pretty pictures not just for the panoramic effect, but for every nuance, as if I am on a treasure hunt, looking for every hidden gem throughout your work.)

(aka: Mk 1)

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2019 10:47 a.m. PST

What a great spot. Surely part of this "pour encourager les autres" thing. The chap at least has stuck to serving his gun.

WWII French get even better at the war moves on, through the many Vichy and Colonial units, but then to the Free French and above all 2eDB in Paris and beyond.

Crucible Orc11 Dec 2019 5:38 p.m. PST

Mark 1:

Cheers Mate!

That officer was done on purpose:D

when I first use the gun team, it was based differently, and had a habit of getting overrun. when i re-based it, I decided to "motivate" the gun team to either hold the gun at all costs, or to stop going so far forward.

Also, french officers in Word War 2 were kind of notorious for thinking very little of their soldiers.

French Wargame Holidays19 Dec 2019 2:08 p.m. PST

Great project Stephen, some lovely brushwork too

French Wargame Holidays
"Walk the battlefield in the morning, Wargame it in the afternoon"

Arteis0220 Dec 2019 2:35 a.m. PST

Very nicely done. Magnifique!

I spotted your post a second after I posted myself about the French too (but colonial French in my case). Great minds must think alike!

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