"As fierce and terrible fellows as I ever saw", remarked a British
eye-witness about the Grenadiers de France at the Battle of Minden
four brigades of Grenadiers de France were composed of the former
elite companies from several disbanded regiments. Their blue and
red uniforms with the black bearskin hats (as shown in the Cimier
postcard on the left) gave them an imposing appearance.
I obtained quite a few miscellaneous Front Rank grenadier figures in a bulk second-hand deal, so it was only natural to paint them up as this very distinctive unit.
first version of the Grenadiers de France flags was scanned from
Terry Wise's excellent Military Flags of the World 1618-1900
(see right). I added the silk texturing myself, and also made
up the conjectural white colonel's flag.
Since making these flags, however, I have produced new ones based
on the GMB Designs flags used by most of my other units. These later
flags are portrayed in the photos above.