All quiet on the western front.
The Russians are due out in the the next couple of months, and that should complete the 'close order' infantry for the eastern theater. PA have always planned to get the troops done for the eastern conflict before moving on to the west, however recent discussions, and looking at what troops are already in the moulds has made me wonder what is actually needed for the west?
Certainly the British uniforms were distinctive, particularly the highlanders, so these warrant quite a few new moulds, so quite a major undertaking.
But what about the French, who operated without the British as opponents alongside the Imperial Army as at Rossbach, is much needed to release these?
Is there actually any need for French infantry moulds?
As far as I can see the French uniforms were very similar to the Russians (and to some extent Austrians and Prussians), the main difference being that many, but by no means all, illustrations show the waist belt still worn on the outside; so the Russians would probably be fine provided you are happy with the belts on the inside. (Also, I already have 100's of Karoliners painted up as French, and I suspect so do many others), so is there really a place for French moulds??
The answer is no..........and yes, I don't think they are really needed, however PA want this SYW range to be a stand alone, so yes it is worth doing something.
What to put in?
For the bodies
I think stick with the old formula:
- Infantry advancing - waist belt outside
- Infantry march attack - waist belt outside
- (Or possibly a drummer without turnbacks?)
- Two French tricorns
- A grenadier bearskin
I could do with a bit of help here as I find the information confusing:
- Would the French tricorns be different from the Russians?
- Did the French wear mustaches (just grenadiers)?
- Was the French bearskin different to the Austrian - any pictures welcome (particularly the back)?
As I have said these are only initial thoughts, however it does look as if the French infantry can be covered quite well with a single mould - any thoughts?