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
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French Old Guard
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Imperial Guard

For a long time I resisted the temptation to add some units of the Imperial Guard to my miniature army. After all, the guard would not have been present with such a small force. But, in the end, the glamour and colour of the 'grognards' of the Imperial Guard has won me over!

 

Foot Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard

Old Guard - click to enlarge
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And if I was going to do the Guard, why not start at the very top - the Foot Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard. These are the soldiers everyone thinks of when you mention the words 'Old Guard" - big bearskins, red epaulettes and plumes, long blue coats with white lapels.

I selected Front Rank figures for my unit of Foot Grenadiers. These miniatures seem to be based on the famous Detaille painting of a grenadier on guard duty, as they are in an identical pose.

The command figures for my unit include two drummers, a sapper wearing a white apron, a standard bearer holding a GMB Design flag, and a mounted officer.

Grenadier (a la Detaille!)

Old Guard - click on picture to enlarge
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2nd Regiment of Light Horse Lancers of the Imperial Guard

I have also painted a cavalry unit for my Imperial Guard contingent. Being of Dutch heritage, it was impossible for me to choose anything other than the famous Dutch Lancers, often known as the Red Lancers, but correctly titled the 2nd Regiment of Light Horse Lancers of the Imperial Guard.

Red Lancers
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Again, these figures are made by Front Rank. I chose to model my lancers at rest, rather than my more traditional charging cavalry pose - this was because I feel the lances look better upright than thrust forward. The pennons are by GMB Design, who also produced the flag.

By the way, the Parisian buildings in the background of the above photos are not wargames terrain. They are in fact rather expensive collectible miniature buildings from a range called Gault. My wife and I bought them as souvenirs during our honeymoon in Paris, many years ago! They are low-relief buildings, and far too small in scale, but still make nice photo backdrops, don't you think?

Red Lancers

I have arranged the lancers into two ranks for some of these photos. Strictly speaking, the second rank would have carried swords instead of lances. But as my figures are normally arranged in my display cabinet in just one line, I've given them all lances.

Dutch Lancers

Most French light cavalry units didn't carry their eagles into battle. But my philosophy is that I want all my units to have an attractive flag and eagle. As my figures spend most of their time in the display cabinet anyway, they could be said to be depicting the regiment on parade at their home depot, rather than on campaign!

Visit some of my other wargaming and military history websites:
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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