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Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2021 9:22 a.m. PST

What's the consensus on how to paint these?

I've seen these depicted, in both modern and contemporary sources, as black leather with brass fittings but also as steel with (usually) rather fewer brass fittings.

The figures I am painting are dragoons, cuirassiers and carabiniers i.e. for now I'm mainly about the heavy cavalry. However, I'll probably get to the same question re the lights eventually and the same question will arise.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2021 10:09 a.m. PST

There were a number of variations from all steel to brass and leather. Then on top of that you have variations for the officers as well. The best bet is to research each unit you want to paint and take it from there.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2021 1:58 p.m. PST

I agree.
Pretty 'uniform' mostly. Within corps.
'Straight' swords- leather; 'curved' sabes- metal. More so as later designs issued.
Officers- plain to fanciful!

Widowson21 Jan 2021 4:05 p.m. PST

I think almost all French scabbards were steel, the lights with various portions of the metal cut away to reveal black leather beneath.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2021 8:15 p.m. PST

Errr, some of those cutouts were actually fish skin (cured), like many officers, sharkskin handles wrapped on metal tangs, retained by wrapped 'wire' strands around them. Very sexy stuff when you get into it ;-)

Zephyr122 Jan 2021 8:38 p.m. PST

I just paint them black, with gold fittings…

Prince of Essling23 Jan 2021 9:40 a.m. PST

I would go with Rousselot:






Chevauleger lancers






Chasseurs a Cheval


Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2021 2:58 p.m. PST

@ Prince of Essling

Wow, thanks!

He does seem reasonably consistent, apart from the two cuirassier plates.

Prince of Essling25 Jan 2021 12:09 a.m. PST

First plate is for troopers, second is for officers.

Robert le Diable31 Jan 2021 2:30 p.m. PST

Most interesting; in addition to the principal matter, I see from the fourth plate that Trumpeters of the 17th Dragoons had colpacks at a time, as well as reversed colours. There's a use for an extra BH trompette for French Chasseurs a Cheval (as long as the rank-and-file are all wearing overalls).

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