The row of 'Franco-Spanish' units continues with the Jager regiment:
The second display shows men from the 2nd light infantry regiment of the Kingdom of Holland.
Although the Kingdom of Holland only existed for a small time until it was annexed by the French Empire, the uniforms of it's regiments changed various times and were often a wild mixture of different uniform patterns. These here are early uniforms, painted according to the Suhr pictures of 'Dutch troops in Hamburg'.
Even there, you can see light infantrymen of the two regiments wearing merely a dozend of different uniform mixtures - really embarassing. But according to the carabinier pictures and the main analogies of the other plates, this should be what the uniforms should have looked like 'by the book'.
As there was no picture of a drummer for this unit whatsoever, I had to go without it.
The final display for today shows the Bataillon Septinsulaire:
This unit was raised in 1807 and mainly consisted of Greeks and Albanians. In fact, the different descriptions of this unit leave a lot of place for speculation regarding some details of the uniform.
The uniform of the fusilier is painted in accordance to a Knoetel page and - due to the one-buttonrow-jacket - seems to represent the 'petit tenue' (simple uniform) although it goes together with white gaiters. The gaiters are the next problem - looking at all pictures available for this unit, you find all possible combinations. There are white gaiters, grey gaiters, with or without tassels - and even Hessian boots. Regarding the jackets, you find light blue vests, dark blue vests with or without light blue trims. Even for cuffs&collars there is no such thing as a 'real McCoy', especially because many pictures do not define an exact date for a specific uniform combination. So in this case, 100% accuracy cannot be granted - I can only say that these uniforms were worn according to my sources, but there's no guarantee that they were worn in this exact combination at the same time.
So who said that painting Napoleonics is soooo simple because you have all the uniforms exactly documented, eh?
So that was 2014
In regard to my blog, it was pretty lame, wasn't it? Only 13 postings, which is half of what I posted the year before. In regard to productivity, I have done far more then in 2013 - I have finished 131 figures this year, made three vignettes and a diorama. Which was, altogether, pretty much work. And although I have enjoyed it very much, I will certainly not make that much diorama stuff in 2014 for sure.
In regard to private circumstances, 2014 was interesting, fascinating and sometimes fun. On the other hand, it was a year of much trouble in all the wrong places, with many failures and hassles. But I'm pretty sure that 2015 will be a better year for me - that's damn sure. ;-)
Plans for 2015
A day ago, I got an Email from Francesco who published a lot of new figures, including the Baden infantry for which I have waited sooooooooo long. I'll order it today.
So my project list for 2015 looks more or less like this:
- Baden infantry and command (Franznap)
- Completing my vignette for Heiden competition
- Completing my single figure for Heiden competition
- Completing the 7 Franco-Spanish line infantry fusiliers
- Completing the 33rd French line inf. rgt. (white uniforms)
- Kingdom of Italy guard infantry
- Kingdom of Italy velites
- Guards of Milano and Venice
- Kingdom of Italy colonial troops and coast guards
- Regiment Illyrien
- Kingdom of Naples light infantry voltigeurs, carabiniers and command
- Baden guard grenadiers
Which means - if I don't get too distracted. ;-)