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1815Guy11 Dec 2020 9:36 a.m. PST

I like these figures a lot, and have decided on these for my Middle Guard units for 1813/1814 Campaigns.

Being in Campaign dress makes painting easy.

So now I'm just wondering what I would have to do to use the same figures for 1813/14 Young Guard

I'm finding it very hard to find YG uniform info for this specific period, and those I can find are depicted in Full dress, with huge plumes The Victrix figures come with greatcoats worn, shako covers and tiddly-tiny plumes.

Any advice would be welcome, thanks


Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2020 10:40 a.m. PST

The main difference would be that quite a few Young Guard units wore the single bayonet/giberne strap rather than the two cross straps and sabre briquet portrayed on these figures. You would have to research the individual units but line infantry fusiliers would be a good start point.

Widowson11 Dec 2020 4:56 p.m. PST

For the life of me, I cannot comprehend how, attracted to the era mainly because of its spectacular uniforms, people paint even Imperial Guard units in campaign dress.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2020 1:55 a.m. PST

First- stop using academic fudge names.
Call the units [you want] what they are actually named.

Find a units basic uniform, determine what their 'campaign dress' would include- problem solved.
REgardless of the equipment regulated, anything will do.
If Tirailleurs, red pompoms; if voltigeur- green.

All other features remain the sameas full dress. Various shades of blue greatcoats, maybe a couple in brownish/ beige to show lesser status; ditto variety of shades of legwear.

Such simple dress I'd have them done to 90% complete within 48 hours of starting.

1813 saw two 'seasons' campaigns- Spring and early Autumn (fall). Using the figures you suggest, you are doing latter.


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