Valeur et Discipline - a Napoleonic French army in miniature
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What's New

23 January 2006 - A new Vistula Legion lancer unit on the Cavalry page, and some new staff figures on the Generals page. Don't forget to check out the photos of of my opposing British, Portuguese and Spanish armies in the Kapiti Fusiliers website galleries.

31 July 2005 - Last month I had the opportunity to find out what it feels like to be one of my model soldiers! Well, almost ... it was actually a reeenactment of the Battle of Waterloo, involving some 2,300 uniformed reeenactors, including yours truly. Here's an illustrated article about my experiences at Waterloo 2005.

30 July 2004 - 'Valeur et Discipline' makes it into print! Several photos of the miniatures on this site feature on the front cover of the latest edition of Piquet's Les Grognards rules!

Cover of Piquet's Les Grognards 2.

30 August 2003 - miniature troops need terrain to fight over. I have just completed a whole village of 25mm Peninsular War houses, which you can see on the Kapiti Fusiliers Historic Gaming Club.

27 July 2003 - some more photos of my British Napoleonics (to oppose the French on this site!) have been added to the gallery pages of the Kapiti Fusiliers Historic Gaming Club.

20 November 2002 - a few months ago I was commissioned to paint a Napoleonic Portuguese army for the Miniature Service Center in California. You can now see pictures of the figures I have finished so far on the MSC website.

14 September - Everyone knows Theodore Gericault's famous painting of an Imperial Guard mounted officer. But if you click on the picture below, you'll find an interesting variation of the picture.

"Sacre bleu - watch out what you're doing with that sabre!"

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Paraparaumu
New Zealand.


Horse artillery

artillery

The artillery contingent of my Napoleonic French army consists of two batteries, each with two artillery pieces. Like most of the army, these are Front Rank models, and delightful they are too!

 

Horse Artillery (added 23 October 2004)

The latest unit in my army is the Horse Artillery of the Line. Front Rank make a wonderful set of these gunners in full dress, complete with huge red plumes and lots of braid. These lavish uniforms are fun to paint, and certainly look dramatic on the table.

Horse Artillery

One of my only criticisms of the Front Rank gunners, however, is that they are very hard to arrange on their bases, as they are not all sculpted performing the same part of the firing sequence. Thus you have the gun being loaded, but meanwhile one gunner is just about to touch the linstock to the vent! Ah well, with only four figures per model, I was never going to be able to depict a full crew in a realisitc pose anyway!

So far I haven't bought any limbers for my artillery, but that is certainly something I would like to do one day in the future. The Horse Arillery would look particualrly spectacular with a couple of galloping teams to drag their guns in to action..

 

Foot Artillery

These figures are painted in the blue uniforms of the Foot Artillery, though I have given a couple of the gunners different coloured trousers to indicate campaign conditions.

French artillery

I found the best way of representing the bronze gun barrels was to leave them unpainted metal, but rub on and immediately wipe off several coats of brown ink. This eventually stains the metal a bronze colour, as well as picking out the cast-on detailling.

The gun carriages are painted dark green, with the metal work done in black and then dry-brushed with gun-metal silver.

I had a few spare rammers and other tools, so I've glued them lying on the base underneath the guns. But if anyone has got some spare 25mm buckets, sacks, barrels or other artillery accessories they can spare, I'd be pleased to hear from you. I need something to dress up my artillery bases a bit more!

French artillery

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Napoleonic Confederation of the Rhine website 18th century French army website 18th century Bavarians at the Battle of Leuthen
American Civil War Battle of Gettysburg
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