Sunday, April 05, 2009

Painted: Régiment de Carignan-Salières 1665

Well, I have actually finished another figure: my second in five weeks!

This is one of the new Copplestone Louis XIV range which depict figures from 1665-1680. French troops of this time had only just started being issued with uniforms and Régiment de Carignan-Salières was one of the very first we know about to have received them. Typically the coat would be one colour and the linings, which were turned back on the sleeves, would be a contrasting colour. It was about this time that many French regiments were being issued grey uniforms with coloured linings although this process took some time to complete and even by the late 1670s not every unit had uniforms.

Next I think I will do a couple of figures from a more traditionally uniformed unit. I've still no idea what to actually use these figures for and am contemplating something I don't usually do which is having a non-historical historical approach. These means the uniforms are right but the units I paint may never have engaged each other.


  1. Very nice! I think that's some of the best paint work I've seen you do....

  2. Thanks. Just really, really enjoyed painting this figure. I used four or five colour rather than three colour shading. Latterly my three colour shading has been getting too contrasty and I dialled it back a lot here to get a more subtle effect.

  3. I agree with Steve, lovely work! The subtlety of the shading really does the brown uniform and the white sleeves justice. I'm sure the quality of the sculpt helped, but great brushwork.