They looked rather smart and I was determined that I should have a regiment in my FPW French army. I also thought they could fight in any Italian campaign, for which I also have some conversions in mind.
|The Ist Western Volunteer battalion Rennes July 1871|
I went ahead and made some of these and them realised that the backpack is all wrong. I had a look around and came across the French Zouaves from the FPW range. From them on it was a simple head swap of the fez for a kepi.
The officer is the Crimean War range Zouave Officer with a head swap. I think that I could probably have filed/cut down the shako to make a passable kepi, but by them it was too late!
I found pictures showing the infantry in a darkish grey and them references to blue grey and the picture shows the officers in a blue grey and the line in a darker grey. So I settled for that combination. Apologies in advance to anyone who has better information. Please don't tell me as I am not going to repainted them and I can do without the disappointment!!
Anyway I give you the first half of the Volontaires de l'Oust. I tend to work in 8's to keep me interested and feel I am making progress! Their drummer and remaining infantrymen are ready to go.
The cross is simply cut from a coke tin with the help of a pair of scissors and a scalpel. The white ribbon is a thin piece of white paper platted around the top of the pole with the end painted gold and red crosses - paint or pen whatever works for you.