Saturday, October 6, 2018

French 2nd Empire Zouaves - WIP

Couldn't pass up an inexpensive box of Perry ACW Zouaves on ebay as I've always fancied painting some up. Admittedly, I've never had an interest in ACW, but figure they could be painted as French 2nd Empire troops as well.
Wanting some firing poses, I used some spare Perry British Napoleonic arms. Some Green Stuff was used to replicate the rings around the barrels. Also used Green Stuff for the little banner under the bugle - the arm being a spare from the French Chasseurs a Cheval set.
Some images from the internet for painting guides. I think the uniform is pretty much the same up through the Franco Prussian War. Some sources show the turban not being worn.
If I ever get around to acquiring Prussians to oppose the French, I may try them out using Bolt Action. I don't intend to collect a lot of figures for this, but do like the look of the troops - French in red pants and Prussian in spiked helmets! Thanks for dropping by and best wishes to you all.

20 comments:

  1. Gorgeous uniform, I'll look forward to seeing these Dean! You not tempted by ACW? Rebels and Traitors by Dan Mersey and Michael Leck is being released early next year...

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    1. Thanks, Mike. Although there is a good following of ACW here, in fact, some of them play every month at Fort Steilacoo, I've yet to be bitten by the bug. Kind regards, Dean

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  2. Great find on ebay, and a great idea for kit bashing.

    Cheers
    Kevin

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    1. Thank you, Kevin. I hope to make a unit of Tirailleurs also. Warm regards, Dean

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  3. A famous unit and a great post!

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    1. Thank you very much, Phil! Kind regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks, Michal. I'm looking forward to working on them. Best regards, Dean

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  5. Even when I did ACW I couldn't bring myself to take on the colourful beauties!

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    1. Thanks, Fran! I may even paint up a small unit as Tiger Zouaves - just because! Lol! Kind regards, Dean

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  6. Cool looking minis. Look forward to seeing them with a splash of paint on!

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    1. Thanks, Simon. I've been eyeing these since they've been out. Best regards, Dean

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  7. Iconic unit,Im sure you'll do them justice!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain. The one style of uniform missing from the 1st Empire - okay, I suppose Mameluke's are close :) Best, Dean

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  8. Looking forward to seeing these guys completed Dean.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thanks for the encouraging words, Ross! Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan! Warm regards, Dean

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  10. A nice change of pace, and I like the idea of doing them as French!

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    1. Thanks, Peter. Yes, still Napoleonics - just 2nd Empire! :) Kind regards, Dean

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