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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jul 2017 20:04 pm 
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I'm trying to reorganise my Grande (or, rather, Petite) Armee into companies, or at least sections, and allot the correct number of officers, flags and drummers etc to each, but am stumped as to what to do with Airfix's trumpeter. I can't find any mention of the French infantry using trumpets for signalling (although the light infantry did use hunting horns) - and he isn't dressed as a bandsman, so what is he for? Sounding reveille in camp? Why did Airfix include him, and what source were they using, I wonder? Anyone here able to enlighten me? :scratch:

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As you said, the Voltigeurs/Chasseurs had cornets but line infantry ?
As far as I know only cavalry had trumpets.
What source Airfix used ??

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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jul 2017 19:05 pm 
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I've searched through my library of Napoleonic uniform books and fairly extensively online but can't find any reference to infantry trumpeters, not even a picture of one, so I suspect it was a flight of mistaken fancy on Airfix's part... odd, though!

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As the Airfix French infantry are inaccurate anyway (they're all fusilier company NCOs), I wouldn't let it bother me...

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PostPosted: Tue 11 Jul 2017 23:50 pm 
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I'm going with Plastic Soldier Review, which sees them best as line infantry grenadiers - but am open to better suggestions! Still wondering about uses for the trumpeter, though, as I've got three of them painted from way back. Maybe a Napoleonic jazz band?

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Good thinking, Ratch - I might assign them to the general staff, though I'm still in the dark about what prompted Airfix to include such a figure in the first place...!

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Found the best solution so far, which is a trumpeter with the horse artillery. They wore shakos like the Airfix figure, though will need repainting in standard imperial green and yellow livery.

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They don't really work as grenadiers, TBH. Grenadiers had plumes and epaulettes, which the Airfix blokes lack. Some of the figures are wearing knee-length gaiters, which disappeared in about 1808 or 1809.

They look OK at tabletop distances but are probably best painted as Austrian line infantry, which is the uniform they most closely resemble:
http://www.napolun.com/mirror/web2.airm ... ssling.jpg
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0782/ ... 1476871478

Alternatively, they would pass for Nassau or East Indies brigade infantry of the Waterloo era.

Nassau:
http://centjours.mont-saint-jean.com/Un ... (fusiliers).png
http://centjours.mont-saint-jean.com/Un ... sau(centre).png

East Indies:
http://centjours.mont-saint-jean.com/Un ... des(centre).png

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I agree that they have various flaws, but sentiment demands they play their role as French infantry... the plumes were often discarded in battle, I believe, and epaulettes can be painted on - not a perfect solution, I know, and the gaiters are a nuisance, but that's kind of where I am now, and approaching company strength so it's a bit late to change tack completely... (though I'll be employing the trumpeters elsewhere!).

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul 2017 11:15 am 
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I feel your pain. I have recently been reacquiring Airfix British and French Waterloo figures, having chucked in 1/32 because there are no accurate British line infantry out there (they're all flank companies) and because the best French line (Call To Arms) are tiny alongside the best British (also Call To Arms).

I just rationalise the inaccurate uniforms as alt-history. In 1812, Napoleon invaded Britain rather than Russia and re-uniformed his army accordingly...

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Well, here he is, transferred to duty with the Horse Artillery!

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