|TOPIC: FPW Chasseurs|
18th Feb 2016 01:07:42
Since im trying to model my army according to this list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franco-Prussian_War_order_of_battle (1 Base = 1 Regiment), i was wondering what Roles the Chasseur Infantry had.
Wikipedia says, that the Voltigeurs where the Skirmishers and Chasseurs were basically Sharpshooters who didnt skirmish too much. How can you represent this in the Rules ? Maybe making them Elite or Experienced with SK1, the Line Inf trained / raw sk 0 and the Voltigeurs Trained sk2.
Also, did the single Line Infantry Regiments had some distinct features to their uniforms, like the prussians have (facing color, buttons, ribbons etc)? I couldnt find any Information on that
Thank you !
18th Feb 2016 06:45:09
Wikipedia is great, but you need to be careful. What it is describing is the Napoleonics origins of these terms and, like many military terms, they change over time. In the British army the terms grenadier and fusilier once had distinct technical meanings, by the 19th century they were merely honorific names treasured by the regiments, sometimes reflected in uniform details, but with no practical significance as to how they fought or what they were equipped with. By 1870, the only Voltigeurs in the French army were the Guard Voltigeur Division, and to all intents and purposes they were good quality regular infantry. There were chasseur battalions, one per division, In the French army, and they were technically light infantry, exactly like the Prussian Jagers. So they prided themselves on their elite status, their ability to fight in rough terrain and loose formations, but they often fought like line troops as well.
On uniforms, no there were no regimental distinctions between French line regiments, other than the regimental number on the front of the kepi (not something you need to worry about in this scale!). It is worth noting that the greatcoat is a lighter blue than the tunic, as it contains 10% white wool.
Actually, it is largely true that there were no regimental distinctions for the Prussians as well. All Prussian line units have the same dark blue tunics with red collar and cuffs. Shoulder strap colours varied by corps, not regiment. A tiny number of regiments had white metal fittings and buttons, rather than the usual yellow metal. Peter has some useful painting guides on this site.
Hope this is helpful.
18th Feb 2016 07:29:46
You have a good painting guide in this site :
To follow up Mollinary's remarks on the French greatcoat, I have found using Vallejo Prussian Blue (NOT Dark Prussian Blue) mixed about 80:20 with Vallejo Grey Blue gives a good distinction from the darker blue of the tunic. I've also found the tunic looks good in this scale (on troops like dragoon cavalry and chasseur infantry) if painted with Vallejo Oxford Blue.
23rd Feb 2016 12:35:42
Thanks for your input ! So im gonna just treat them as regular infantry and paint them according to the baccus guide (almost all blue uniform)
Thanks guys !
Blue tunic but blue grey trousers with yellow stripe.