Friday, June 14, 2019

Franco-Prussian War Project - A Humble Beginning

Sorry for being away so long, but I finally have something to post. The start of a new project in well over a year. This time a new venture - into the short in duration, but deadly, Franco-Prussian War. Not sure how it'll play out, but I hope to use Bolt Action for squad-sized skirmish games. Adding to some Perry Zouaves already painted up will be another squad of Zoauves and a couple of squads of Algerian Tirailleurs. For opponents, I plan to order some Prussians and Bavarians from Eagles of Empires - once the Bavarians are back in stock. Anyway, here's the Perry figs in the initial painting stages.
Some images from the French Colonial Army of Africa uniform book I picked up last fall at Fix Bayonets' bring and buy.
Love them red baggies!
Both Zoauves and Algerian Tirailleurs fought with distinction at the Battle of Woerth - where the French were outnumbered 2 to 1.
So much for now - thank you for your patience and continued visits! Until next time, happy painting and good gaming!

37 comments:

  1. Best wishes on your new project! A fascinating period with colorful uniforms. I will be following your progress closely.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and your encouraging words, Jonathan! Warm regards , Dean

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    1. Thank you very much, Michal! Kindest regards, Dean

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  3. Looking good Dean.
    A cracking start.
    Cheers
    Stu

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  4. Very nice job Dean, wish you all the best for the project!

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  5. An interesting and very manageable project, with wonderful colour. I can see this inspiring others to follow in your lead on this.

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    1. Thanks, Norm. Keeping units squad-sized will hopefully keep me on track! Kindest regards, Dean

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  6. I do not think the Tirailleur Algerians had the light blue uniform for the FPW.

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    1. Oh they might have done in Africa, but there are images of darker jackets in France. The Officers uniforms look the same though.

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    2. Thanks, Simon. I must go with the light blue - they look too cool! :) Regards, Dean

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  7. Your troops are looking good already Dean! It is a fascinating period for sure. The uniforms are just amazing, a combination of the practical and decorative and some of the most interesting firearms ever made (in my opinion). I really enjoy painting FPW troops. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished units.
    Best wishes,
    Jason

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  8. ps. Hopefully the link below shows. Interestingly there is a group of Turco Prisoners- the uniforms do look of the lighter shade to me: http://18edelignesecondempire.clicforum.fr/t1116-Tirailleurs-Alg-riens.htm

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    1. Thanks for the link, Jason. I will go with light blue regardless - it's a nice way to distinguish them from the Zoauaves. BTW, that Cantinière has quite a manly looking face! :)

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  9. All great projects have to start somewhere Dean. Lovely work Sir.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Michael! Warmest regards, Dean

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  10. It is an interesting era including the Crimean War, the first and 2nd Schleswig-Holstein Wars, the Austro-Sardinian and Franco-Austrian Wars, The Austro-Prussian War, and finally the Franco Prussian War. If wars were won by style points, the French would surely have been the victors! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Peter. Yes, the era of "Hyphenated Wars"! :) Best, Dean

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  11. Nice start to a great sounding project! It's very tempting and if you like light blue, paint them in light blue!
    Best Iain

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    1. I do, and in light blue! Thanks, Iain. Warm regards, Dean

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  12. Very glad to see you've found a new inspiration. I am developing a 15mm French army for FPW over a long time and in no hurry. I think they are fascinating and one day I'll tackle the Prussians. Here's an idea - try finding a locomotive and train for the period. It's a way to dress up the table top which screams age-of-steam. I'm having the devil of a time finding trains for the period in 15mm.

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    1. A train, oh yes, that would be very cool on the table. Thanks for the tip. Warmest regards, Dean

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  13. They're already looking rather nicely. The FPW is a highly interesting period and I'm looking forward to see how this project develops.

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    1. Thank you very much! I've always liked the look of mid-to-late 19th C. European armies. Just never got around to researching the conflicts enough. Figure a 6-month war is a good gateway. Kindest regards, Dean

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  14. A brilliant looking project. Looking forward to more. The French certainly seem to have had a thing about red trousers! :-)

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  15. Looking good so far Dean and one must always start somewhere! Enjoy!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks, Christopher! Yes, indeed. Best, Dean

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  16. My congrats on the new project, Dean! Figures look nice in early stage already, can't wait to see the final.

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    1. Thank you very much, Dmitry! Warm regards, Dean

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  17. Great start to your new project Dean.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thanks so much, Ross! Best regards, Dean

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  18. Just started and already looking good. Thumbs up!

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  19. One of the reasons we love this hobby so much is all that research we get to do ^_^ Seriously, if a job ever needed research skills, all the interviewer has to do is ask "are you a figurine painter?" :)

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