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Last Hussar30 Dec 2021 10:53 a.m. PST

How would you paint Imperial Guard? These are 8mm ish wooden (semi) flats.

Apart from the plumes etc, how do I distinguish them, mostly for aesthetic purposes?

Last Hussar30 Dec 2021 10:53 a.m. PST

How would you paint Imperial Guard? These are 8mm ish wooden (semi) flats.

Apart from the plumes etc, how do I distinguish them, mostly for aesthetic purposes?

nsolomon9930 Dec 2021 6:09 p.m. PST

Ummm …. is this a trick question?!

I'll bite.

Why wouldn't you paint them in their actual uniform colours? They are a pretty distinctive formation in their actual, original uniforms.

Last Hussar30 Dec 2021 6:24 p.m. PST

Not a trick question. They appear really close to standard line. What am I missing.

mpanko30 Dec 2021 8:34 p.m. PST

Best overall source on the net for 1815 forces is the Mont Saint Jean uniform site. It is in French but it has a clear break out of uniforms by organization. Link below for Guard Grenadiers


For comparison the French line infantry are depicted below with the 2/54th infantry


Good luck with the painting!

Murvihill31 Dec 2021 7:44 a.m. PST

Bearskins are probably the biggest difference. The guard had blue collars vice red of line, red turnbacks vice white of line, old-fashioned lapels, taller for the most part, more uniform in appearance when on campaign. Might be hard to tell with 8mm semi-flats. The plume is on the side vice the front, that might stand out. And they carried the old diamond-centered standards after the line went to three bands.

Cerdic31 Dec 2021 10:24 a.m. PST

Not a "trick question".

In 8mm the guard and line uniforms look identical. Most of the Guard even had the same shape hats…

Speculus01 Jan 2022 12:50 p.m. PST

If one can't tell the difference in 8mm between Guard and Line, that sounds like a good reason to me to play in a bigger scale 🙄

La Belle Ruffian03 Jan 2022 4:06 a.m. PST

Are these the Commission Miniatures ones? I have Walt's ACW.

As suggested, more bearskins for the Old Guard and less variety in shako plumes for Young and Middle Guard might be the way to go. I'm not sure which rules you're using for them, but when I saw a demo he'd set up, it used different formations on bases to help distinguish nationalities across the table. Prussians were echeloned, British in line, columns for the French, etc. Perhaps you could look at different set-ups for Guard. If Line are represented by 6 distinct companies, then make sure you have four for Young/Middle in shakos and 8 for Old Guard.

Last Hussar04 Jan 2022 10:29 a.m. PST

Yes they are Walt's, they don't punish my painting like 28s do, and more to the point they are fast and cheap!


I just couldn't to this many metal.

I'm considering the winter blue trousers, just for the variation from line.

They are based 2 lines of 7, with the 2 cut off the strip behind, on 40mm x 20mm bases.

La Belle Ruffian04 Jan 2022 11:33 a.m. PST

Those are lovely Last Hussar. I like the arrangements of them too. They look old school but also have the convenience of movement trays. I ordered a stack of the Really Useful Box inserts from Walt recently as well. Excellent service.

I seem to recall someone using fine point paint pens to paint the wooden figures, I just need to find some useful ones in the UK.

Last Hussar04 Jan 2022 11:51 a.m. PST

I've used paint pens. Try Hobby Craft.

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