Sunday, March 25, 2018

La Gendarmerie!


These wonderful Paul Hicks sculpts of an unusual subject were released by Brigade Games a number of years ago. I had my eye on them at Historicon for several years in a row before pulling the trigger to buy enough of them for a full unit about 2 years ago. 


They came onto the painting queue this month, as they are needed to act as a counter to the Guerrillas infesting the Spanish countryside in our upcoming Campaign-in-a-Day.


There is a wonderful plate in the Funken books illustrating the Gendarmes. Their uniform is a dark blue jacket with scarlet lapels, cuff, and turnbacks. Some sources show the collar to be scarlet, others dark blue; I went with the blue. 


The cuff flaps were dark blue, buttons pewter, and red epaulettes, silver for officers, silver mixed with red for sergeants. All ranks had chamois waistcoats and breeches. The black bicornes trimmed white were  especially indicative of the Gendarmes. 


Insurgents and refractionaires beware!

26 comments:

  1. Wow Peter - I have never see this unit modelled and painted. Very nice indeed! Almost 1806 Prussian like.

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    1. Thanks, Carlo. I don't think I have seen anyone else paint them either, although they got a lot of attention at Historicon when they were first released. They are a bit reminiscent of 1806 Prussians, and... with the red plumes and the buff pants, the 1805 Spanish as well!

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    2. I painted a battalion of these fellows back in 2014!
      https://palousewargamingjournal.blogspot.com/2014/06/gendarmerie-pied-brigade-games.html

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    3. I knew that I could hardly be the only one, although it takes a strong collector streak to do so. I believe we both check THAT box pretty thoroughly, LOL!

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    4. And I see I commented upon them, even; must have been a month or two before I bought mine at Historicon!

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  2. They look wonderful and determined, security is assured...Great looking gendarmes!

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    1. Thanks, Phil. They do have that "No nonsense" attitude to them, don't they?

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  3. Very, very lovely unit. Nice to get to use them in a Peninsular game too.

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    1. Thanks, Dean. Yes it is good to have the excuse to use them in a game or two!

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  4. Nice work! I have one battalion painted and a second battalion awaiting some attention. Fine figures, indeed!

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    1. They are great figures - a SECOND battalion in waiting - Egads, man! :-)

      Seriously, I've always loved that Funken plate (along with many others of theirs). With my French army at well over 1,000 figures, they needed some Gendarmes to keep order in the ranks and prevent desertion!

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  5. Interesting unit, cheers Peter!

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    1. Thanks, Mark. Definitely a bit off the beaten track!

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  6. A interesting unit indeed and very colourful

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    1. They are pretty distinctive among French troops of the era!

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  7. Lovely job. I have heard of them but only very rarely seen them completed like this. I'm always a big fan of French in bicornes.

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    1. Thanks, Lawrence. As I said, the main illustration of them that I had seen was the circa 1970 Funken plate, although searching for images on line I found quite a few more.

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  8. Top stuff Peter, they look great!

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  9. Lovely looking gendarmes! I still really like the Funken books!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain! I agree re: those books. Not perfect, but what is?

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