The latest regiment in my 18th century fictional army is a unit of light troops, the Volontaires Étrangers de Clermont Prince.
“Ah, but they’re not fictional,” I hear you say, “they’re a real French unit!” True. But my ‘imagi-nation’, the Barryat of Lyndonia, contracts real-life regiments from all over Europe to man its armies. This cunning subterfuge allows me to use any real-life units I like!
These wonderful 1/56 scale figures (i.e. about 28mm) are produced by Crann Tara Miniatures. The detail is beautifully sculpted – just look at the lace on the men’s pockets and the officer’s lapel.
The models are depicted wearing the conical red hat called a ‘pokalem’, with a chamois front flap decorated with the French fleur-de-lys, and a white plume.
The Volontaires wore a uniform based on the livery of the House of Bourbon-Condé: chamois with red cuffs, collar, turn-backs, left-side lapel and waistcoat.
I once again followed my new-found passion for using GW’s Contrast paints, which are perfect for painting such detailed figures. Every bit of shading on these models was done by the paint itself – I just slopped it on!
The way I have organised my unit is not based on real-life, but is of my own devising, though influenced by the 1967 book ‘Charge! Or, How to Play War Games’ by Brigadier P. Young & Lieutenant Colonel J. P. Lawford.
Here’s one of my two companies, with an officer on the left, twelve infantrymen on four bases, and a drummer on the right.
With the two companies grouped together, I have quite an impressively large unit.
You’ll see the men are arranged in a ragged firing line representative of light infantry, rather than the more regimented line-of-battle troops.
I guess this is the sight that I, as the player, will usually have of my unit on the wargames table (unless it retreats or routs, of course – which in my case is quite likely!).
PS: I did this posting using the new Gutenberg editor that WordPress have foisted upon us. My, what a non-intuitive application! An awful a lot of swearing and cursing went into getting this fairly simple posting formatted properly, I can tell you!
5 thoughts on “Volontaires Étrangers de Clermont Prince”
They look beautiful, love the photo background too. Thanks for taking the trouble to post them.
Yes, thank you for persisting. They look very good!
Beautiful figures, beautifully painted! Very impressive yellow on the coats. May I ask what colours and shading did you use for it? It’s not a main colour that I have done very often and I’ve some cavalry in mind (another imagi-nation) with yellow coats which I’m aiming to do.
I used the GW Contrast paint called Adrodos Dunes. The coats are supposed to be chamois, not yellow. This paint is more like a desert sand colour.
Interesting, thank you.