28MM FRENCH NAPOLEONIC IMPERIAL GUARD CHASSEURS A PIED
These were painted a few years ago and sold on Ebay. They are the 1st Chasseues a Pied of the Imperial Guard, Perry Miniatures and obviously from the period 1812-15. Lovely figures as always with Perry's. I think maybe a darker blue should have been used, not sure what shade of blue would have been seen in the field, probably faded with the apocalyptic storm before Waterloo. Would all of the French soldiers have had French blue? I remember reading that Davout had complained to Napoleon in 1815 that he couldn't find/produce enough coats in the right blue colour. Napoleon's reply was basically who cares - make them dark blue, light blue, grey - it didn't matter as long as each regiment had the same colour/shade to aid the feeling of unity and morale within each unit. Typical Napoleon - as long as there were guns, boots and plenty of ammo and men willing and able to fight all would be ok.