Sunday 31 July 2011
Napoleonic French Vivandiere
Recently Warlord Games released a Napoleonic French vivandiere figure with an accompanying donkey. At about the same time they also released a 4-piece mule train in their 'Pike & Shotte' range. I had been thinking of securing both sets to provide some baggage for my armies and their world-wide free postage deal inspired me to make the purchase. The vivandiere set is the first to see a coat of paint and I saw this project as a nice wee interlude while painting several large battalions. The great thing about this set is that it came with a choice of heads and arms to attach, providing alternative poses and hat selections. I chose to have my vivandiere armed with a pistol and having her brimmed hat turned up. As my Napoleonic French army is based on a Peninsular force I figured she needed to be able to defend herself from Spanish guerrillas and drunken French soldiers who fancied their chances in a bit of 'slap & tickle'. She has yet to see any campaigning and I'm yet to provide her with an appropriate sobriquet. I'm open to any suggestions!