25 January 2014

My SYW FRENCH Infanterie

This is my Seven Years' War French infantry units. Only few are missing.
Its the 3 line regiments of d'Eu, Briqueville, and Condé, that are currently being re-done, and the light troups of Fischer and Clermont-prince.

I'm intending to arrange my French army in a way, that it will field most or nearly all regiments/brigades for the battle of Minden, as well as to be of the right size for the campaign of 1760. I plan to create a campaign game, or a series of fictional "would be" battles here. Minden has always been my most favorite battle to game, so I want my French troops to be most authentic for this battle. For the 1760 campaign, I have most detailed day-by-day records, and this will provide for a number of very interesting scenarios.
My lately painted regiments of Grenadiers Royaux.

Note their stylish cartridge pouches. They sure have been manufactured at the early Louis Vuitton work shops.

My Grenadiers Royaux based and ready for battle. Its the regiments de Narbonne and Modène.

My Grenadiers de France.
Picardie. The rearward stand includes some of my oldest figures, that I must have painted when I was a teenager.

The hard fighting regiment de Belzunce. A must have to any French army fielded for the campaigns in Germany.


Dufort and Bretagne. Dufort belongs to the Collection of my late friend Fred. His troops are mostly painted miniatures purchased at E-Bay.

La Couronne. I'm thinking of turning it into the more important regiment of Auvergne, to make my troops a better match for the ORBAT of Minden.


La Reine.

The German regiment Royal-Deux-Ponts. Seen with the uniform of 1760/61. Before that it was white. Not sure if I got the flags right.

The German regiments d'Anhalt and Prince Louis de Nassau

The German regiment Berg and the Volontaires de Flande light troops.

Voilà. Les Suisses: Regiment de Diesbach.

Lochmann, suisse.
Mon brigade Irlandoise. Its the regiments Berwick, Claire, and Bulkely.


  1. Gorgeous figures, genuine works of art - just a shame they are French.....8-)

    1. What's so wrong about French? Its a must have army of this period.

  2. Well done, Christian. I really like the way you've grouped the figures together in similar poses, but with each regiment doing something different. The variety must have eased the painting task, which must have taken quite a while given that you've painted them to a high standard (Claire also looks good in their own way, a different acquisition ?)

    Although I think it was done in jest here by DC, sneering at the French has never been my cup of tea either.


  3. Gentlemen,

    I'd never lower myself to sneer at anyone.....

    Given the performance of the French army during the SYW it's a shame that such beautiful miniatures are likely to get handed their hats more often that not. Then again, i expect Christian's Prussians and allies are equally splendid.

    Any chance of a few hints on you painting technique Christian?


    1. DC,
      I was thinking of doing an article on my painting techniques along with step by step images. I have a few Austrian general officers on my next to do list, or possibly a battalion of Saxons for my Minden project. Its intended to provide some guidance to anyone interested to give flats a try.

  4. Please do put together a guide. I have painted 6 figures sometime a go as a first attempt which can been seen here


    A guide will help inspire me to get the rest completed


  5. Love syw french. Iv loads of regiments painted. Not as nice as yors tho. Real works of art.

  6. I am thoroughly impressed. I know it sounds odd, but I think they look so much real than 3D miniatures. May be it´s because they are like "paintings", they are a kind of self-contained universe. And they prove that you can have realistic proportions and animation in 30mm. I am getting increasingly tired of dwarf-proportioned 28mm 3D figures. May be if there was an AB range in 28 mm... All in all, I am seriously reconsidering turning to flats, at least for some periods (18th Century). The variety of available figures is astounding, so huge that I am somewhat lost, and I fear ordering and getting old toy-style figures or second rate ones: I´m only in realistic looking and detailed flats. Could you especify what editors have you used for each regiment, as you did with your Prussian army?

  7. Thanks you like my miniatures.
    The ranges of existing figures is indeed vast. Also the number of foundries supplying figures is vast. Most have more then one period to offer.
    I am willing to point you to the best figures, but it depends what army and period you intend to aquire.
    As to My French SYW infantry, for example:
    Lochmann-suisse, Nassau & Royal Deux-Ponts, allemands are available at Berliner Zinnfiguren (www.zinnfigur.com/en/Flat-Figures/Blank-Figures/Military-History/18-Jahrhundert/Seven-Years-War/France/), among some French dragoons and Cavalerie as well which are good. The bulk of my French Cavalerie is from Grünewald foundry (pdf catalogue online available) link: www.zinnfiguren-gruenewald.de/pages/rug_katalogepag.html
    They supply loads of French English & Hannover troops as they did a big diorama on the battle of Minden. Also Kieler Zinnfiguren has very pretty figures, of which I have many - in fact most of my collection, but they also have very bad ones. Here it is better to ask me before doing orders.
    This should help for a start.