Saturday, 12 October 2013

RP No 145 NYW French Firmacon Dragoons


Here we go again, and there was me thinking I'd finished my NYW project! Damn you Mr E!!!

So here's my first unit of French that I've painted, two squadrons of French Dragoons for the regt Firmacon. And a colourful bunch they are too, this is the uniform the regt wore in 1685 and possibly up until 1692, when it was noted they changed their uniform to green faced green, that sounded a tad boring to me so even though the French army is based on units that fought at either the battles of Steenkirke in 1692 and Landen/Neerwinden in 1693. I thought it would look better in the earlier uniform.
These were made up of some of the unpainted lead that were part of the deal, when I bought the painted French. You'll note that only the 1st squadron has a drummer and the 2nd squadron has a leader in a floppy hat and the 2nd squadron standard bearer is actually a  normal dragoon with the carbine cut away and a flagpole replacing it,  ok I run out of figures, but that'll be sorted tomorrow at SELWG!
The flags are not by me this time, they're from the quite excellent Maverick Models, if you haven't already, check them out. I'll be using a few of their French Cavalry flags for the period, as its quite difficult finding any info on them.



 1st Squadron



2nd Squadron



Two squadrons of dismounted Dragoons





62 comments:

  1. As always an excellent unit. I agree green on Green might not have looked quite as good as yellow and green. But which ever you had done I know it would have looked good.

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    1. Cheers Clint! The yellow and green do work very well.

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  2. Green lined yellow is an aesthetic choice. I like it!

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  3. Excellent painting - it's a period I don't know much about but the units look interesting.

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    1. It's one of them interim periods, just in the middle of two massive wars.

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  4. Very nice looking unit, yellow and green are really good together. I really like the basing...great nation too, but that's another story...oups! Long live to these beautiful dragons!
    Cheers,

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    1. I thought you'd like them, actually I got the idea of the green and yellow from your blog Phil!

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  5. They're eye catchers alright. Nice job.

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  6. Nice work Ray. Sometimes you just have to say "to heck with the actual colours, the slightly earlier/later colours look better".

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    1. They do, I'm usually quite a stickler, but the rules just had to be bent for this unit.

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  7. As always a great looking unit

    Ian

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    1. Cheers Ian, its Brushgate in about 45 minutes, I'll have my camera handy!

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  8. you know I love them green!

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  9. Nice! They look dapper in green.
    You still paint great flags, Ray.

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  10. Very sharp looking paint job Ray!

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  11. IMO, green and yellow are definitely not as easy to see and hit as RED! Nice work, Sir Ray of the Gnarly Brush.

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    1. Could be considered early camo I suppose???

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  12. Another fantastic unit. Very nice Regiment!

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  13. Very nice unit - love the green uniforms as well as the unique headgear. Best, Dean

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  14. Great work, Ray! These Dragoons are very stylish.

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  15. Very nice work as always mate.

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  16. Great look as always Ray .
    Cheers

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  17. And some green, in addition to the reds, browns and blues... nice work Ray! :)

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    1. Yep, I've not used much green in the armies so far.

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  18. Squadrons of goodness Ray. Great work.

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  19. Very eye-catching unit, good colour combo choice.

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  20. They look just really nice Ray!

    Christopher

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  21. Yeah those flags don't look much like yours. They're nice and all, but yours have got little extra something, usually. Nice set!

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  22. Some great looking Units, Ray!

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  23. As always nicely done sir:-)

    Jason.

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  24. I think you choice of the earlier uniform is a good one. The yellow facings really tart them up. Well done!

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  25. They are colourful indeed; top stuff Ray!

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