Valeur et Discipline - a Napoleonic French army in miniature
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Valeur et Discipline Napoleonic French infantry
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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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Roly Hermans
Paraparaumu
New Zealand.


French campsite


Besides my wargames units, I also like to make little "vignettes" for my armies. These are mini-dioramas, intended to add visual interest to the miniature battlefield, rather than to take part in the actual gameplay.

The French campsite scene depicted above, for instance, will look great placed somewhere behind the lines. The figures in this scene all come from one Wargames Foundry set, whilst the tents are cutouts from an old Games Workshop magazine (I have filled them with plaster-of-paris to make them stronger).

An army marches on its stomach, as they say. And here to provide some of the sustenance (though the French generally had to live off the land) is a Foundry cantiniere of the 15th Light Infantry, depicted giving a drink to a chasseur. Her donkey cart is a New Zealand-made product from a company called Wildly Inspired, though I have changed the medieval wheels for Hinchcliffe limber wheels.

 

Cantiniere

Some more light infantry figures: a gaudily-uniformed musician and a carabinier of the 17th Light Infantry give directions to a mounted ADC (all Foundry figures). The musician wears a yellow czapska hat instead of the more traditional shako or busby.

 

Musician, carabinier and ADC group

The New Zealand company Wildly Inspired make a nice line of pack horses and donkeys. In this vignette you can see a very nicely posed Foundry infantryman with two pack donkeys. One of the donkeys is carrying a body in a bag (obscured in this picture).

 

 

Donkey team

Some more Wildly Inspired pack horses, this time led by a Redoubt recruit, known as a 'Marie-Louise'. Het wears an over-large greatcoat with a rope belt, patched trousers, fatigue cap, and wooden clogs. His musket strap is made out of string.

Marie-Louise and pack horses

Here is the same 'Marie-Louise' again, depicted at the fore-front of this French column, which is about to be ambushed by a party of Spanish guerillas (these latter are Front Rank figures). By the way, you'll find more photos of this scene on my club's website: the Kapiti Fusiliers Historic Gaming Club.

Ambish by Guerillas

Rather than using unsightly plastic markers to indicate losses, I have begun using casualty figures, such as these ones by Foundry. The grey dots on the side of the bases indicate how many casualties that unit has suffered. There are differing amounts of dots on the four faces of the base, so one merely has to turn the casualty figure to show the correct amount of casualties. One day perhaps I'll paint enough casualty figures to use them one-for-one, but at the moment this dot system suffices.

Casualty figures

 

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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