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#Roger Taking the middle road seems indeed to be the best approach. I finally found one eyewitness account (by ensign Macready of the 30th Foot) describing the attack of the Middle Guard "with their red epaulettes and cross belts put on over their blue great coats ...". Most authors agree that the 3./4. Grenadiers and Chasseurs being newly formed, didn't have regulation uniform. Not so sure about the Old Guard proper. The 1st and 2nd regiments were all veterans including the Elba troops who never discarded their guard uniforms.
Thank you chaps for the compliments. I painted these as a welcome change from the desert lads and anyway I like to do the odd Napoleonic set. As you can well imagine I didn't envisage the overcoat controversy. In my defence I was only looking towards putting the marching figures in some kind of setting, perhaps marching towards the sound of the guns. I may have got a little carried away when raiding the toy box for casualties.
On the whole I felt that that they were nice figures to paint with the exception of the officer who I felt wouldn't have looked out of place in a Monty Python sketch.
#Paul I certainly didn't intend to start a controversy here or critize your choice of uniforms. After all there's enough room for interpretation here and besides it's still a hobby and everybody is free to do what he likes. It was just a question intended to start an exchange of educated guesses among enthusiasts and it think that's what it should always be.
Let me assure you I wasnt in the least offended. I was just explaining that if you thought theres any plan behind the scenario there wasn't.
I am in admiration of those of you that have the knowledge to consider whether a coat was worn on the day. However I'm sure the lads would be pleased to have those coats in Russia.
This is a friendly website (in the main) and I'm more amused by the sometimes heated arguments than otherwise. I wouldn't have a problem with asking for advice on this site, whereas on others I would have a certain hesitancy. The thing is for those of us that are not from a wargaming background this is quite a solitary hobby and I am pleased to view and have viewed the contributions and subsequent comments.
So thank you.
Dont worry Paul, no controversy here. Just a general discussion about if the French really did wear soaking wet, heavy greatcoats at Waterloo, so in no way aimed at your excellent painted figures.
I too have some guard infantry in greatcoats, some line battalions too.
I like the look of greatcoated French mixed together with the regular uniformed troops, gives an impression of how quickly they were mobilised and obviously the change from it being an imperial army to royal, only to go back to imperial again.