First of all, thanks to everyone for the kind comments. I prefer to paint on the dip as it gives better control and stops Norma hitting me over the head when I shake the excess onto the walls, ceiling and assorted items of furniture. Actually the white uniforms lasted quite a while with some regiments in Spain still wearing them in 1812. Also, not many people realise that the majority of the soldiers of La Grande Armée who fought at Austerlitz and Jena were clad in bicornes.
Barry and Dave,
Thanks guys, but I was thinking more along the lines of Russian blood when old Maréchal de France, Jaques St. Merde* et ses soldats à la crème
get the chance to have a go at General of Opolcheniye, Pyotr David Buggeration and his peasants
I bought the "Elite" print for the white uniforms and it shows exactly which regiments were converted and their facings. So I will have four regiments of two battalions of 36 figures each along with separate skirmishers, pioneers, artillery and odd officers so that I can demolish any building that Aide has taken the trouble to construct (I've got to admit that the FIBUA rules are my favourite part of the proceedings - Colonel Imrie, remember the Guards at Les Quatre Bras? I'm sure I have their King's Colour somewhere if you are still looking for it)
. The second battalions will not have a flag, but rather a mounted officer and the cunning plan is to combine them into 72-model battalions just in case a suitable set of rules appear
Obviously I will have some cavalry - after all Ray, it was you who taught me that the sole purpose of cavalry on a battlefield was to add tone to what would otherwise be considered a vulgar brawl
And the 33rd are still up for the challenge - I can taste that pint now.
*Roughly translates as "Holy Sh**!"
That's Пётр Ива́нович Багратио́н
for those of you who can't speak English.