Friday, 6 August 2010

108th Ligne

This unit represents the 108th Line regiment at Waterloo and completes Campi's brigade in Bachelu's division of Reille's II Corps. I have been following the order of battle available on the General de Brigade website, but mixed up the 72nd and 108th Line regiments - I gave the former two battalions and the larger only one, when in fact it's the 108th that has the two battalions. Idiotically, I've just make the same mistake with the two regiments in Husson's brigade...Anyway, the orbat has the battalion at 30 figures. The brigade skirmishers number 12 figures and I have divided those equally between the 72nd and 108th (in fact I gave each battalion of the 72nd 4 skirmishers, to I have 2 left over). This means that the 108th does actually have 36 figures, a "full strength" French line battalion.

As I said a couple of posts ago, I had a sudden urge a couple of weeks ago to paint some more French infantry for 1815. I painted two 6-figure stands of the Perry metal French infantry years ago when the figures first came out, and it seemed sensible to add to those and make a full battalion. Those earlier figures were painted in a rather different style (the faces in particular) and I add to continue a couple of "mistakes" in the uniform to ensure consistency - so, for example, there are no "N"s on the cartridge case flaps. The command stand comprises the figures from the metal regimental command pack, save for the standard bearer which is from the plastic box. A problem I had not appreciated would arise is that the plastic eagle pole is too short to accommodate a GMB flag. The metal eagle in the metal command pack is fine, but for some reason the plastic one is shorter; I've no idea why this is the case and it's a bit annoying as it means you have to increase the pole if you want to use GMB flags (which are larger that the freebies that come in the Perry box). I foolishly tried to attach a bit of steel rod by cellotape and it looks rubbish, so I'll need to change that at some stage.

As I've said before, the Perry plastics are wonderful figures to paint - very easy to do, with excellent detail and good, natural poses. There are a couple of metals on the skirmish stands (the bases of which are from the Perry box). I'm just over half way through the next unit, the second battalion of the 61st Ligne. When that's finished I might paint Campi himself and an artillery crew and then return to the AWI or Carlists for a bit.

36 figures. Painted January 2007 and July 2010.


paulalba said...

Very nice,
It's good to see well painted napoleonics.

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi there Giles,

Might fine looking troops there. I like the pioneer figure in particular.

Best Regards,


Docsmith said...

Great stuff Giles - I also particularly like the pioneer - the face is ace! I've done my French regiments the same way, using the metal command and also the skirmish figures - 36 in all for a full strength and 24-8 for a 'campaign' strength which seems to fit the Black Powder rules.


Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Really great stuff Giles!Tempting me with yet another period,but I already have my hands full!


Sire Godefroy said...

Never ever tell me again, your painting speed is as low as every other mortal's. Do you even sleep? It's just another "wow!"-unit, nothing to add. So great; fortunately can't bring myself to like these most silly shakos. :-D


AJ (Allan) Wright said...

These are splendid. I really like the on campaign look of the grimy overcoats, breeches and boots. I have to say you make these new Perry plastics really shine Giles.

Well done.

Author said...

Great stuff!

Hey Giles... any chance you could drop me a quick email about your Perry Young guards sitting on packs?

grenadierguardscampaigns AT yahoo DOT com


Lord Ashram

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Nice work indeed - one of the first periods I ever got into - the first regiment I ever painted in fact was a Napoleonic one - Airfix Highland Infantry

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nigelb said...

fantastic stuff, your one unit putting my poor english division in the shade , i should have listened to my aunt quality not quantity.

as always your blog is an inspiration to paint


Nigel B

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legatus hedlius said...

I'm very jealous. I just don't seem to be able to paint Napoleonic French. I hope I do better on British as I have decided to have a go at the War of 1812 in Canada!