Standing Strelets Soldiers II: Riflemen of the 95th (for Pat)

After painting a group of Strelets British Line Infantry standing at ease earlier this year, I received some very kind feedback from my friend, diorama supremo Pat who challenged me to use some of the remaining figures to produce some men of his favourite regiment; the 95th Rifles.

The 95th are, of course, instantly recognisable in their green uniforms. I’ve had to make changes to account for differences between the line infantry and the rifles. Pat will no doubt be able to correct me if I’m wrong anywhere here but my adjustments have included the following;

  • With no white bars across the coat, there should be just three lines of buttons which because of accoutrements will barely show at all.
  • Cuffs are far simpler for the Rifles, being black with white edging.
  • The Baker rifle is shorter than the Brown Bess musket and, where I could, I’ve cut the musket down to size a little.
  • The badge shows a Light Infantry bugle which I’ve, very roughly, approximated on the shakos.

It is the first time I’ve painted the 95th in their Napoleonic guise and I just hope they meet with Pat’s approval!

Also ready to join their standing comrades finished from last month, I conclude with two officers and an NCO of the 37th (North Hampshire) Regiment.

I haven’t taken fussed at all over the flag, simply slapped some paint on it to resemble a British Napoleonic regimental version.

And finally, men of the 37th and the 95th standing together:

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11 thoughts on “Standing Strelets Soldiers II: Riflemen of the 95th (for Pat)

  1. Interesting, nice painting, there is some controversy regarding the 95ths headdress, the most widely accepted idea is that the 95th wore the stovepipe shako until after Waterloo, some believe they may have been issued the Belgic shako before Waterloo, either way yours look good.

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    1. Thanks Dan. That’s interesting about the headdress. In my (very basic) research I wasn’t sure myself as many sources seemed to depict the stovepipe for Waterloo, including my Waterloo Companion book. In the end, I found a 95th re-enactment group which could be seen to wear both the stovepipe and the Belgic shakos in separate displays. So I thought – that’s good enough for me! 🙂

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  2. Aw mate ,what can I say ! ,I would pretend that my tardy reply was because I was up in the country where I come from attending my old uncles funeral ,but really it was because I was spell bound at what you have created and only just came back to reality !! .
    I’m so glad you did these guys as I new with your style you would do then the justice they deserve ,It is as Paul Bod says stuff the rivet counters, and the minor details count for nothing as you know in the field the uniforms became a bit of this and a bit of that worn out and replaced with what ever they could get and you have done a lot better job on these details than I have .I never thought of cutting the muskets down brilliant idea ,your the clever boy to think of that at the start ,I with my impetuous nature dart of and do something only to look back at the finish and say ,oh shit I should have done this or that !! .
    I’m with Dan in regards to the stove pipe but as I said above there is always that confusion ! ,in any case I took the easy way thus avoiding having to paint all the detail you have done on the Belgic’s and just cleaned all the detail of to make it look like they had oilskins on them .
    Well matey brilliant job and thanks for doing them ! ,now the only problem is getting supremo Pat’s head out through that small doorway and into bed !!!! .

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    1. Hey, no reply is a tardy reply so far as I’m concerned – glad you’re all OK though.

      Oilskins! Now why didn’t I think of that? 🙂 I’m a bugger for not sorting out my figures before painting them, just like you. The number of times I think “I could have trimmed that off” or “I should bent that arm” when I’m at the varnishing stage…

      I enjoyed having a go at these and I’m pleased you like them. Now I’ve bigged you up about your awesome diorama making, of course you now have to get to work on a new one. 😉

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