French fusiliers toy soldiers 54mm 1/32 War Austrian Succession SYW FIW
Painted French Fusiliers
11 Dec 2020 / Nino /

The general appearance of the French fusiliers of the 1740s was regulated by a King’s ordinance of 1736, which replaced the one issued in 1729. The subsequent ordinance of 1747 was issued only a few months before the end of the War of the Austrian Succession, but probably sanctioned changes that had already been informally taking place for some time.

The ordinance of 1736 enforced both uniformity and economy of dress. Almost without exception, the coats of all regiments were to have no lapels, and only a few had reversed collars. The coat, waistcoat, and breeches of the national (French) regiments were all to be gray-white in color, that is, made of undyed cloth. Only the cuffs of the coat were to be in the distinctive color of the regiment, the prevailing colors being blue, red, and white. . In addition, the color and pattern of the coat’s buttons, and a variety of pocket designs, were used as regimental distinctions. However, the many foreign regiments in the French establishment (Swiss, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish) wore more elaborated and colorful uniforms.

I have chosen to sculpt my French Fusiliers in the cuff and pocket pattern common to the majority of French regiments: en-botte cuffs with three buttons, and horizontal pockets with three buttons (see masters here). The same pattern can also be used for a number of foreign regiments, including the Irish and Italian regiments, but also many of the German and some of the Swiss.

I painted my fusiliers as belonging to one of the many “blue” regiments with  en-botte cuffs and horizontal pockets with brass buttons, including Eu, La Sarre, Périgord, Saintonge, Bigorre, Ile-de-France, Dauphiné, Bassigny, and Santerre.