Friday, 18 December 2020

Flanquers of the Young Guard - Perry 28mm

More French Guard, here we have Flanquers of the Young Guard. These existed from 1811-13 I believe, being disbanded thereafter with survivors being distributed to other units. They had a different uniform and I understand that they were originally intended as specialist skirmishers, but they became just another Young Guard formation in practice.

There were two regiments, Flanquer Chasseurs and Flanquer Grenadiers. The Chasseurs were created first. For most or all of their existence, these units did not have short swords, unlike other French Young Guard. Nor did they have epaulettes, so Perry French Light Infantry figures are a good match. Flags are from GMB.


Most senior officers were from the Middle Guard and still wore their blue uniforms, but I preferred the more uniform look of having everyone in green, so more junior officers leading these units.


Flanquer Chasseurs, a fair amount of unpleasant to paint yellow piping!







Flanquer Grenadiers have a very similiar uniform, but cuffs and bottom half of pompom are red rather than green. 






Thanks for looking! I still have two more Young Guard units to do at some point, which will bring the total to eight.

14 comments:

  1. Excellent work as usual Mark. Yellow piping though? Never pleasant to do.

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  2. Impressive work, Mark! The green jacket with yellow trim is a very handsome combination.

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    1. Thasnk Jonathan, yes bit of a change from the usual blue/white/red!

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  3. Great looking unit! How do you get the pants to look so white and clean? Always have a terible time with white.

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    1. Just looked at how you paint and I answered my own question!

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    2. Thanks Michael, yes I should update that! Much better blue I use now :)

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    3. Oh I have updated it already to include the new blue!!

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  4. Another two lovely units of Guard infantry Mark but I feel your pain re the yellow...I always have to undercoat those areas with white first, so the yellow pops.

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    1. Thanks Ross, yes that is exactly what I do, no way around it that I'm aware of! :)

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  5. Lovely looking pair of young guard units! Yellow, my least favourite colour to paint,you have my sympathies!
    Best Iain

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  6. They look super, marl. I hada unit of Flaquers in my original armies 30+ years ago; might think about adding these fellows again at some point. You're right, the yellow on green or blue, even red can be tough. Some paints with good coverage will do it, but even them you often wind up with a second coat, so painting white as you have done is probably the best way!

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    1. Thanks Peter, yes adds a bit more colour and variety to the Guard, and needed for 1813, so worth the effort to me! :)

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