Friday 4 January 2019

Napoleonic French Gendarmes a Pied in 28mm

On the very last day of 2018 I finally finished my last painting project of the year, the much neglected Gendarmes a Pied for my Napoleonic French army in the Peninsular. These superb Brigade Games figures were purchased to defend my blockhouse model and to take on my British light troops and Spanish guerrillas. Sadly, they languished in various states of semi-paintedness for far too long. However, now that they are done I'm happy with the result. I love the dynamic poses and they will provide a bit of spice to my French force.

I'm not sure whether Napoleon ever awarded the Gendarmes a pied with an Eagle, and even if he did, it would have most likely been stored safely in a barracks somewhere instead of being carried in the field. However, my battalion of gendarmes will carry an Eagle into battle as I intend to use them as a formed battalion on occasions, as well as fighting in skirmish formation.    

 I've got another week off before having to return to work after the festive season, so the new projects for 2019 are getting a kick-start. Look out for a freshly painted unit of SYW French Hussars in my next post.

Until next time!     


  1. Lovely job Wayne. I have just completed some Brigade Games Napoleonics myself and have to say that those Paul Hicks designs are some of the best on the market.

  2. A splendid unit with wonderful colors, and great presentation, congrats!

  3. Great job! These Hicks’ gendarmes are some of my favorite sculpts in the his Brigade Games’ arsenal. I have a battalion of these lads painted as well and they are a joy to paint.

  4. Thank you for posting your wonderfully painted Brigade Games Gendarmes. It is always a pleasure seeing my miniatures enjoyed by customers.
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  5. Lovely work - love the uniform of this unit.

  6. Excellent job on these Wayne - they certainly look to be very well sculpted figures