My commander-in-chief "mini-diorama" depicts two
generals discussing an obviously important stage of the battle.
In painting the officer holding out the baton, I've loosely
based him on the Marquis de Montcalm, the general who lost
the Battle of Quebec in 1759.
Both generals seem blithely unconcerned about the dead French
soldier lying at their feet.
Charles de Rohan, the Prince of Soubise, was the rather timid
and indecisive general who lost the Battle of Rossbach in
1757. It was said he only owed his appointment to the influence
of Madame de Pompadour.
This picture doesn't do justice to this lovely Front Rank
model - the head doesn't look oversized as it does here!
Soubise is portrayed wearing his elaborate red coat and carrying
a marshall's baton.
Lieutenant-General Francis de Chevert, famous for his part
in the Battle of Hastenbeck, was a much tougher proposition
than General Soubise.
This model shows him wearing his regulation French general
It was fun painting the white wig, which gives a real eighteenth
century feel to this miniature.
This determined-looking mounted officer serves
as my third general.
He hasn't got an official name, so I've called him the Comte
de Camembert - a bit cheesy, I know!
staff officer, the Duc de Brie (continuing the cheese theme!)
is painted as a French commissioner.
The model portrays him holding his hat out in salute.
||Here is the latest
officer to join the General Staff. In keeping with the cheesy
names of my brigade officers, he has been dubbed the Chevalier de Port Salut.