Valeur et Discipline - a Napoleonic French army in miniature
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Valeur et Discipline Napoleonic French infantry
Valeur et Discipline Napoleonic French  cavalry
Valeur et Discipline Napoleonic French artillery
Valeur et Discipline Napoleonic French generals
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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!"

Site designed & owned by:
Roly Hermans
Paraparaumu
New Zealand.


My Napoleonic Army

'Valeur et Discipline' - valour and discipline. These words proudly emblazoned on their flags, the soldiers of Napoleon's Grande Armée marched and fought their way right across Europe in a series of bloody wars during the first decades of the nineteenth century.

A few years ago I commenced painting my own miniature Grande Armée for playing wargames. This website is designed to display my army as it is completed bit by bit.

My miniature 28mm soldiers are mainly manufactured by the British companies Front Rank and Foundry. I use Vallejo, Derivan and Games Workshop paints for the figures and artist's oils for the horses.

Are my figures completely accurate? Well, although my philosophy is to get them as close to accurate as possible, there are limits imposed by the actual castings and the small amount of reference material I have available. But bear in mind that an infantry battalion of only 24 men is not accurate in itself, so other small errors pale into insignificance in comparison!

I don't actually get to use these figures in many wargames, but when I do, the rules we use are either Piquet or General de Brigade. My figures have not been specifically based for either set of rules, but instead use base-sizes that I find visually pleasing: 35mm x 55mm for infantry, 50mm x 65mm for cavalry, and 55mm x 85mm for artillery.

One last point - it is notoriously difficult to photograph the colour blue accurately. The colour of the uniform coats in the photographs on this site varies from picture to picture, and often looks much lighter than on the actual figures themselves. So please do not rush to email me to tell me my shade of blue is wrong!

Roly Hermans
Paraparaumu, New Zealand

(Yes, that is me on the left, posing as one of my own miniatures, an ADC to Marshal Berthier! Click here to see the original photo that I converted to make this self-portrait)

 

 

 

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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