Sunday, 31 December 2017

From EricM: Off to a Slow Start - French Navarre Regiment ()

Happy New Year!   I'm really excited to be back as a part of the painting challenge.  Like usual I have bitten off way more than I can chew, but what gamer hasn't.  In past years I have tried to focus on a specific period and army this year is more of a potpourri.   I am going to try to keep the majority of may painting to a War of Spanish Succession project but I can already feel the pull from other projects.

So far I have completed one 24 figure unit of French Infantry (the Narvrre Regiment).  In total I will have 3 battalions of the Navarre

The figures are all Front Rank.  Lovely figures but so much detail it slows the process down.  I really struggled trying to come up with a uniform look I liked.  I was aiming for a grayish white but after highlighting they are a little closer to white than I would like.

Here is a close up of the command stand.  I am not a big fan of the all white Colonels color the french used. 

Sorry for the work table photography but the holidays have been crazy as usual.  I will do better next go around!


Welcome back to the Challenge, Eric! 

Beautiful work on these French. You did a brilliant job on the white uniforms and the flags are ace. I know how hard it is keeping on task with these large-battalion armies, but remember: it's a hobby, do what makes you happy. If we see more of these then that's great, but if it's something else, I know we'll be just as keen to oggle them as well. 

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with over the next few months!


  1. Very well done! All that white is quite difficult to pull off in a way that looks good and you‘ve certainly mastered it. It may not be the white you were after but the end result is quite stunning.

  2. Front Rank produces some lovely figures, but yes, the sheer amount of detail does call for extra time and care. But you've more than met the challenge!

    Well done!

  3. Beautiful work on all that white!

  4. I really like these figures and have always struggled to paint what uniforms

  5. Lovely looking french, fine job on all that white!
    Best Iain

  6. Lovely work,, nice to see some lace wars figs and a proper battalion sized unit. I'm working on Front Rank SYW French, so am sympathetic on the grey/white issue. I think you got it nicely.

  7. I love Front Rank stuff. Some of the best minis for this period going around. You've certainly done them justice!

  8. Oh man, another temptation - great work on these Eric, well done.

  9. Lovely job though though thats not the flag I've seen assocaited with the Narvrre Regiment.

    1. I agree with you on the flag. I have struggled with sourcing. I have seen 2 or 3 versions of the Navarre. I was tempted to go with the brown corners and felure de lis in the white cross. I opted for corners matching the regiments waist coat. What version have you seen? I would love to have a solid source.

  10. Thanks for all the kind comments.

  11. Very fine brushwork on the French, Eric!
    The red flag really pops in contrast, I assume the Commanders flag is suitably chosen as not to draw attention from artillerists! ;)