There was a recent posting on the Napoleonic Discussion Forum on TMP (The Miniatures Page) about how wargamers distinguished between French Infantry Regiments . I thought that I would post a blog explaining how I do this.
I have based this on the French 92nd de la Ligne. Their 1st Battalion is shown here in a Column of Divisions.
I do tend to use “artistic licence” in the painting of my model soldiers (for example all my British Fusiliers are in Bearskin caps, although I know they only wore these for parades, and all of my figures are in parade uniforms).
All of my French Infantry have company coloured pom-poms, Grenadiers Red, 1st – 4th Fusilier Companies Dark Green, Sky Blue, Orange & Violet, Voltigeurs Yellow. The Command Stand is always the 1st Fusilier Company. The pom-poms are a bit oversized, but the only suitable items I could find to make them were glass-headed dressmaking pins, and that is the size they are. Here is the 1st Battalion 92nd de la Ligne in Line, to show this more clearly.
The Grenadier and Fusilier Companies are all in the same pose, the Voltigeurs are firing (as are all my Napoleonic Light Infantry, so as to distinguish them more easily).
I wanted to be able to distinguish between my French Infantry Regiments, so I painted them all with the pre-1812 diamond shaped shako plates, even although they are wearing post-1812 Bardin style uniforms. I then painted Regimental numbers on those shako plates.
Here is a close up of 2nd Fusilier Company of the 92nd de la Ligne.
The Command Stand comprises a Sapeur, an Eagle Bearer and a Drummer, as do all of my French 1st Battalion Command Stands.
The flag is hand painted, with the inscription “92 REGIMENT INFANTERIE DE LA LIGNE”.
The Drummer is in Imperial Livery.
The 2nd Battalion 92nd de la Ligne is in a different pose to the 1st Battalion. For Regiments with 3 or 4 battalions, each battalion would be in a different pose.
The 2nd Battalion pom-poms have a white centre with the battalion number on it, as would the 3rd or 4th Battalions.
Here you can see the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Company.
My 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions have Command Stands comprising a Fanion Bearer, Officer and Drummer.
The Fanions are 2nd Battalion – white, 3rd Battalion – red and 4th Battalion – Blue. I do not have any 5th of 6th Battalions, but the French did have colours for these if I need them.
The Fanion inscription says “92 REGT DE LA LIGNE 2 BN”.