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Supply Train Cuirassiers du Roi
supply cart

supply train on the march An army marches on its stomach, so they say. Thus no army is complete without its supply train. My French army's supply train consists of these three carts.

The supply wagon shown above is actually advertised in the Front Rank catalogue as a medieval cart. But I thought it would be totally suitable for the eighteenth century. I've added some sacks as cargo. The driver is also by Front Rank, but I understand is quite an early product in their range (thus the rather large Thunderbirds-style head!).

In the picture below you'll see an ammunition wagon. Front Rank offer this with two different types of top - the wooden one I've chosen, or a rounded wicker lid.

My biggest problem with both these carts was making the traces for the horses to pull the wagons. Front Rank supplied some bendable wire for this purpose, but in the end I used embroidery cotton.

You'll note that I've made the bases look like roads - grass verges, dirt tracks on either side of a shingle centreline. This was all done with real sand and crushed shell, along with Games Workshop static grass.

ammunition cart

And here (below) is a smaller ammunition cart drawn by one horse. It has a wicker lid. The soldier walking alongside is in his red waistcoat, having removed his white coat. He is actually a French and Indian Wars miniature (note the hatchet in his belt).

small supply cart

 

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