The Regiment de la Reine marks a new direction for my French army.
Unlike the remainder of all my units, this regiment is not made
up of my beloved Front Rank figurines, but instead uses the
products of a French company, Capitulation. These are the
first figurines in their new range of 30mm figures sculpted in anatomically-correct
Capitulation have set their new range during the War of
the Austrian Succession, which is a little earlier than the era
depicted by the remainder of my army. But I have chosen to paint
them in the later uniforms of the Seven Years War. I selected the
Regiment de la Reine because of its colourful combination of red
cuffs and blue waistcoats, and also the flag with the interesting
crowns in the white cross.
These figures are markedly bigger than those of Front Rank,
so there is no way that this regiment will ever be able to fight
alongside the rest of my army. However, I have a friend who is building
up a collection of 'Last of the Mohicans' figures made by Redoubt,
which my Capitulation figures don't dwarf quite so much.
Thus my Regiment de la Reine is destined to fight in skirmish games
set in New France.
The real regiment was issued with a slightly different uniform
when it served in America. But as these figures are equipped for
the European theatre of war, rather than America (swords instead
of tomahawks, and the officers with spontoons instead of fusils),
I have depicted them as perhaps they might have looked just as they
first landed from France.
brigadier comes free with each two packets of figures you buy from
Capitulation, so I got two of them - one I painted as the
colonel of the regiment, whilst the other is wearing the blue coat
and red breeches of a general officer (shown in the picture on the
I love the character of the command figures. The officers look
like real 18th century dandies. I've emphasized this by painting
them with lavish white wigs, faces with make-up, and even a beauty
spot or two!
And if you look closely at the photographs, you'll see that each
fusilier is different. They are in various poses, and have quite
individual faces. This makes the whole regiment look very lfelike.
These figures are very authentically equipped, right down to details
such as the musket sling on the side rather than beneath.
The flags are from the Nec
Pluribus Impar website. I will be replacing them in due course
with the exquisite flags produced by GMB Design, but these
will do in the meantime. The finials on the flagpoles are by Front
If you would like to know more about Capitulation's new figures,
review I wrote for the Kapiti Fusiliers website.