This was the first unit of Front Rank 25mm figurines that I painted,
but I was surprised at how easy the job was made by the fine sculpting
of the models.
Gardes Françaises were part of the King's Royal Household.
Their uniform was quite ornate, compared to normal infantry uniforms.
For instance, the belt slung over the soldiers' left shoulders was
lined with lace.
I have always admired Phillipotteaux's painting of the Gardes Françaises
at the Battle of Fontenoy (shown above), so I determined to paint
my soldiers as shown in the painting, rather than from other sources
which differ somewhat.
Below is another painting of the same incident at Fontenoy by Edouard
Detaille. Once again, the uniforms of the Gardes Françaises
are clear to make out, as are their flags.
flags for my minature regiment are made by GMB Designs. These exquisitely
reproduced flags have replaced earlier ones which I had made on
my computer from images on the Nec
Pluribus Impar website (see left).
I have added white cravattes made from paper. All French regiments
had these tied to the top of their flag staffs.
On some occasions my Gardes Françaises regiment changes identity! If there is no call for guards in a game, then I change the flags to those of the Ecossais Royal (Royal Scots). The uniforms of these two units were vaguely similar, so they can pass as one another near enough. You can see the Ecossais Royal flags, complete with traditional Scottish thistles, in the photo below.