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Dining Room Battles31 Jan 2021 9:05 a.m. PST


My Compagnies de la Marine will be used as Light Infantry and I plan on doing another company to go along with them. The figures are from North Star and their packs come with 6 figures so two packs make a unit for Rebels and Patriots. The coats ended a little lighter and brighter than I wanted, but I figured 18th century clothing dye created the effect. I may also go back and add some more detail to the faces. All in all great figures that represent mostly experienced, native Canadians in practical uniforms that are used to fighting on the frontier.



marco56 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2021 10:31 a.m. PST

The Compagnie Franches De La Marine were colonial regulars which the enlisted men were mostly from France but by the FIW the majority of officers were Canadien. Most Canadiens were in the Milice (Militia).

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2021 10:39 a.m. PST

Nice job.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2021 12:16 p.m. PST

Very nice looking figures! My understanding is that these troops supported exploration, trading, and missionary expeditions as far west as Kansas and south along the Mississippi, so they might be used in small scenarios outside western Pennsylvania and upstate New York.


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2021 1:50 p.m. PST

Very nice! These troops are often called Marines, which is not exactly what they were – they were infantry and while organized and operated by the French Navy they were intended for operations inland

While there were some Canadian recruits to the Troopes de la Marine, as noted by Mark most of the troopers were recruited from France, notably port towns like Rochefort, Le Havre, Bordeaux, Bayonne, and Nantes; I think most of the ones sent to Canada were from Rochefort

John the OFM31 Jan 2021 6:55 p.m. PST

I have always interpreted, with my High School French, "Compagnie Franche de la Marine" to mean "Freikorps under the jurisdiction of the Colonial Department".
Meaning they aren't Marines as we know them.

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