A discursive look at Napoleonic & ECW wargaming, plus a load of old Hooptedoodle on this & that

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

New Celebrity Look-alike at Chateau Foy

Surely it can't be.... Lasalle?

Correct, it isn't. Since it is forever 1812 here, Lasalle has been dead for 3 years or so. Nice find on eBay - one of Jorg Schmaeling's little masterpieces for Art Miniaturen. In an ideal world, this would, in fact, be Lasalle, but I have tweaked him a bit, retouched the paint job to help disguise the handiwork of a pro painter and rebased to the house standard - in short, I've sort of coarsened the figure so he will fit in!

This is now an all-purpose flash French cavalry commander - in the current campaign he will be Montbrun, but he would also work as an over-the-top colonel of Chasseurs a Cheval looking after a brigade. Because the figure is to have a multi-purpose role, I've waived the usual coloured border round the base to denote rank.

This is as near as my collection gets to class...    Now - into The Cupboard with him.


  1. That may be the first time I have heard of the coursening strategy but it does make sense and shows who's boss on that wargame field.

    1. It's kind of a vague concept, but isolated figures with their own hearthrug of flock and cat-litter look odd on an otherwise plain table, and figures painted in the mostly-black-with-occasional-blobs-of-colour style - however well done - look like pandas among their more traditionally painted fellows.

      It's a two edged thing - I want new additions to be up to scratch, but I don't want them to make the rest of the armies look silly either!

  2. French generals of brigade and division wore respectively blue and red rank distinctives so you must make a choice!

    1. Not when they are dressed up as hussars or fairy godmothers - you will not find a general's sash on this figure...

      Cheers - MSF

  3. Lasalle dead? Why did nobody tell me! Almost looks as nice as the Hinton Hunt one...

    1. Dead as a dodo, dear boy. I'll keep his memory alive by having other cavalry leaders dress up as him.

      I'd forgotten there was a HH Lasalle - I must check out what he looks like...

      Cheers - Tony


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