Exclusive: Calpe French Infantry
Posted by Martin on April 17, 2011
Later in the week, I’ll write up my Salute 2011 report more fully but there’s one outcome from the day that I absolute have to rush to report now. And it’s something I guarantee you won’t see in any other Salute report. Yep, I’ve got some sample castings of the new Calpe French line infantry. Despite being unwell and unable to attend Salute, Peter F. found a way to get the goods delivered to me. Both our thanks go to Paul of Alban Miniatures for doing the mercy dash!
So here they are (apologies for the quality of the pictures – but speed was of the essence in this instance):
So what are we looking at here? These are 12 fusiliers from the first set (which will also include grenadiers, voltigeurs and command figures). They are campaign-style figures wearing greatcoats and these particular figures all wear covered shakos though there are also other head variants in the complete set. Even within the covered shakos there are three variations: one with the neck cover down and two others with it tied up in different ways. All these figures sport the lentille style of company pom-pom. The greatcoats come in single- and double-breasted versions and are typically buttoned back in the style that makes marching easier.
The pose of each figure you see here is different and there are myriad other detail differences between the figures like cartridge boxes with and without covers plus a variety of acoutrements strapped to the backpacks, differing forms of legwear, a variety of waterbottle types and some figures wearing neckerchiefs. Where regulation items are worn, they follow the Bardin regulations – a good example being the cartridge box strap with the attached bayonet scabbard.
As ever, Peter’s research has been extensive and he’s typically opted to sculpt figures as they would really have appeared on campaign in 1813. Once, when asked about doing figures in full dress uniforms, Peter joked that he would do some figures with plumes but that the plumes would be strapped to the sabre-briquets of the elite company figures! So, if you’re familiar with the Rousselot plates of 1813 French line infantry in greatcoats or the Knötel plate of 1813-14 French line infantry (Band XII, Plate 24), those sources will give you a good flavour of what to expect.
I think the best thing I can do now to show off how good these figures really are is to get one on the painting desk ASAP. My parting shot this afternoon is to reproduce the Knötel plate that I mentioned above because it’ll form a big part of the inspiration for my chosen paint scheme: