maandag 27 december 2010

Snow and ice

the french attack Bommel over the ice
 In this period of snow and ice, some winter picture of this period.
1794; the French attack accross the frozen rivers

Charles Rochussen : French cross a frozen river in the Netherlands

French plate about conquering the ice bound Dutch fleet

zondag 26 december 2010

Information dutch infantry in the revolutionary period

On our website, we are trying to publish information about the Dutch army in the French revolutionary and Napoleonic period.
Of course we started with the 1792-1795 period. Infantry and auxiliary troops are ready and cavalry is started.
Go to -> historical info en please let us know what you think of it. Of course it is project which will take some time to finish.

zaterdag 18 december 2010

25mm (10) Eureka cossacks

Eureka ( ) has added the 1799 cossacks to their website/catalogue. The painted figures look great. It's the start of their 1799 Russian range.

zondag 12 december 2010

25mm (9) Alain Touller and Trent

Although I have mentioned the figures of Alain Touller under the headings of 15mm, I haven't noted the 25mm Vendee figure range of this French manufacturer ( ).

Some 20 different figures with the well known personalities of the Vendean war are presented.
Some pictures of their website I am presenting here.

The Trent range has some additions, now in the form of Russians for the 1799 campaigns in Italy and Netherlands. 6packs are out (three musketeer, 2 grenadier and a mounted officer).

Go to
  which is the website of "North Star figures" who sell them.

zaterdag 11 december 2010


A film fragment about Marengo

Napoleon at Toulon

In 1793 Napoleon made name for himself for the first time.

vrijdag 10 december 2010

Books (4) About German armies

Some books about the participating German countries in the French Revolution. Most of these fought in the 1792-1795 period as part of the Coalition armies.  Colourful uniforms reminding of the Seven Years War. Starting with the Hanoverian army. Both books together gives a good overview  of the army.

The Hessen were also part of the Armies of the Coalition.

The Mecklenburger were a kind of subsidy troops for the Dutch Republic. I have two books, one Dutch and one German about this small corps.
 Of the Baden troops I have sadly only one of two books. Still searching for the second in which the infantry is described.

dinsdag 7 december 2010

Figures 25mm (8)

Let's look at some new figures or (in the case of Foundry) looking at an old range which appears again ( well, I saw them some days ago, didn't know they were at the market again).

French, Austrian and Prussian figures for the FR are listed again although the ranges concist mostly of infantry. Only the French have cavalry (chasseurs) although hussars in mirliton are available and almost universally usable. Maybe the recent Prussian cavalry additions for the 1800-1807 period could be used for earlier FR.Artillery for all three mentioned countries are available although limbers etc are not.
Foundry has also a Vendean range of figures and civilian characters. Although not complete I like the range but the figures, as they are older, are somwhat smaller then the newer ranges by Elite, Eureka and Trent.

Elite has added some Hungarian infantry to their range of FR figures in firing line poses and some artillery crews. Although I have still don't seen them in the "flesh" they have their charme (and for the Christmas period they have some offers).  

Some photos appear on the web of their expected generals and as usual, they look great. The picures show Russian, Austrian and French generals. Also Eureka announced that the FR Cossacks will appear soon.

Books (3) Tactics/organisation

Starting with Paddy Griffith book about the Art of War of Revolutionary France. Folowed by the Ospreys about French infantry
The French royal emigré were formed into various corps in British or Dutch pay. Two ospreys have this theme. I like the two volumes.

maandag 23 augustus 2010

Books (2) Vendee and landings in France

I have the following books about the 1795 landings in France. Banners of the king shows the first inside page.

donderdag 12 augustus 2010

Books (1)

After looking at figures (although figures will be added when available) let's take a look at some books for the French Revolution. The following books are the ones I have.

Starting with Funcken, Les Soldats de la revolution Francaise. I don't know if there is an English version, but even in French it is great. And You can see this also on line:  goto
The 18th century Funcken (2 volumes, I have them in French) only has some plates of revolutionary troops esp the early 1790 ones.
The Blandford: Uniforms of the French Revolutionary Wars by Philip Haythornthwaite was the first real FR book I owned; I loved the period immidiately. Sadly the cover is gone missing, so the first, title page, is shown.

Some books which describes the French Revolution are:

Some books about the early campaigns (some in French). I myself like the Corporal's Brown book as it shows how many marching and counter marching was done in this period. Also it describes how the troops experienced very strong winter conditions as if it happens in Russia but it is in the eastern part of the Netherlands.  

Some other readily available books about early campaings in Germany and Southern France

vrijdag 6 augustus 2010

25mm (7)

Some smaller ranges to close the survey of 25mm French Revolution figures are:

Magister Militum
Another manufacturer who makes 25mm French Revolution figures is Magister Militum. See .
 Although maybe better known for their 15mm figures, they also have a small 25mm figure range consisting of some 20 French figures and one (1) Austrian figure for this period.

The old Hinchcliffe range (  ) also has some French  Revolution figures in the seperate NFR range. I must say that I haven't seen them in the flesh but there are some pictures presented on the site.
Hinhcliffe is the only range who has the Hanoverian 14th light infantry (but no officer etc) and Bavarian 1790 line infantry (both see under). But, the range is not complete.