While reviewing my collection I found that my Chasseurs a Cheval did not have a standard bearer. They did have a musician and an officer. I guess he had gone AWoL sometime over the past 35 years or so. Quite a bummer as nobody seems to sell single figures in 15mm.
At cold wars a couple of weekends ago, I came across a gent selling some 15mm Napoleonic figures including some Brunswick hussars. I snapped a few stands up as they are on the menu of items to paint as well as 24 Brunswick light infantry. I was going to order 24 more but now there is no need. As I went to rebase them, I discovered I had a couple of extra command figures including 1 standard bearer! These are Minifigs which are very close to the Chasseurs I have so after a quick paint job, I shall have a standard bearer for that unit. The extra officer will now be the Duke of Brunswick. Lucky me!
Now for the tricky part. I needed two replacements. I happened to have a few extra Chasseurs. The only think they needed are tall plumes. A little green stuff and even my meager sculpting skills have made some decent replacement figures. I used some very thin florist wire for the skeleton, essentially a straight stick. I rolled the putty around the stick and cut it to the right size. I drilled a hole in the hat about where the plume will go and added a tiny amount of putty to be used as cement. Finally, I pressed down the narrow end to the hole and the wire stick went right in, pressing the putty together.
In all, this segment has been a successful operation. I will show off the Brunswick legion soon with a few pictures. Please don’t point out that I purchased the easiest to paint Napoleonic troops rather than painting them myself. I am trying to bask in my glory.
May he bear himself valiantly!