a bulk lot of Front Rank figures that I bought recently were these
cavalry figures on galloping horses. All my other mounted units are
on standing or walking horses, so it was a change to paint up these
more animated figures, and I was very pleased with the result.
This regiment was owned by the powerful Condé family, and
so its musicians wore the family's colours instead of the regular
French royal livery. The picture of the mounted drummer (left),
from the Osprey book Louis XV's Cavalry, shows the yellow-buff
and red Condé livery, with which I have painted the trumpetter
in my unit.
Observant readers might have noticed that some of the swords are
longer than others - this is because these figures are a mix of
older and newer Front Rank castings.
had to interpret a written description to design the flag in CorelPaint.
The cross-hatched design on the yellow-buff side of the flag is
a symbolic funeral pyre.
wasn't too far off in my intepretation of the Condé flag.
After I had done my flag, I came across this 1771 print which shows
the flags of the French infantry and cavalry regiments of that time.
You can see the funeral pyre on the Condé flag quite clearly.
The original print has faded considerably, so the yellow-buff colour
has changed to white.