Copyright © 2020, Paul Scrivens-Smith

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Sunday, 21 June 2020

2e Bataillon, 45e Régiment de Ligne

Now that my order from GMB Designs has arrived I can start naming my units so instead of "Another battalion of French infantry" I can now say, "Here is another battalion of French infantry representing the 2nd Battalion of the 45th Regiment of line at the Battle of Waterloo."

As with the earlier units painted over the past few weeks, all the figures are from the  Perry Miniatures French Napoleonic Infantry set.

For a change this unit is in a mic of troops in veste and greatcoat, usually for me I do one or the other.

There was quite a lot of head swapping in this unit too, over half the figures had the snippers taken too them, although, I probably overdid the bare heads.

As the order of standards from GMB Designs has arrived I could add the fanion while I was painting these, the pole is just a bit of steel rod.

The greatcoats of these are mainly from a base-coat of Khaki, but a few were done from either Basalt Grey or French Horizon Blue, a colour likely more apt for their descendants a hundred years later. Most of the overalls are also painted with these colours with a few browns, whites and blues for variety.

I did note in this picture that the Grenadier right at the back has quite the streak of the Iraqi Sand that I use to dry-brush the bases all up the front of his greatcoat, I'll have to sort that out.

I've now got five battalions of French infantry done over the past few weeks, but for next week it's back to the cavalry with some Chevaux-léger on the painting table at the moment.

While I was doing the fanion for these I also added the banner for their first battalion, here is my pair of battalions from the 45th Regiment.

I'll add the standards and fanions for the other troops over the next week or so and then likely have another review.


  1. A most splendid array of troops there.

  2. I wouldn't worry too much about the drybrushing "streak" - coats get dirty. They look smashing, nice work!

    1. Thanks, I likely would if it had been the brown I use, but I think the light splat may grate a little too much.

  3. A great looking unit don’t to a high standard...

    All the best. Aly

  4. Lovely looking unit! They look like a right motley bunch which is as it should be!
    Best Iain

  5. Excellent looking regiment Paul!


  6. Great addition to your French force, Scrivs. They painting is very clean and crisp.