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"Lafayette"
47th Line Infantry
Fusilier
Corunna 1809

The Fusiliers made up the majority of a line infantry battalion, and may be considered the typical infantryman of the Grande Armée. The Fusilier was armed with a smoothbore, muzzle-loaded flintlock Charleville model 1777 musket and a bayonet. Fusilier training placed emphasis on speed of march and endurance, along with individually aimed fire at close range and close quarters combat. This differed greatly from the training given to the majority of European armies, which emphasised moving in rigid formations and firing massed volleys. Many of the early Napoleonic victories were due to the ability of the French armies to cover long distances with speed, and this ability was thanks to the training given to the infantry. From 1803, each battalion comprised eight Fusilier companies. Each company numbered around 120 men.

In 1805, one of the Fusilier companies was dissolved and reformed as a Voltigeur company. In 1808, Napoleon reorganised the Infantry battalion from nine to six companies. The new companies were to be larger, comprising 140 men, and four of these were to be made up of Fusiliers, one of Grenadiers, and one of Voltigeurs.

The line Fusilier wore a bicorne hat, until this was superseded by the shako in 1807. The uniform of a Fusilier consisted of white trousers, white surcoat and a dark blue coat (the habit long model until 1812, thereafter the habit veste) with white lapels, red collar and cuffs. Each Fusilier wore a colored pom-pom on his hat. The colour of this pom-pom changed depending on the company the man belonged to. After the 1808 reorganisation, the First company was issued with a dark green pom-pom, the second with sky blue, the third with orange and the fourth with violet.

this information was taken from Wikipedia




This is my version of a Fusilier of the 47th Line. He wears a shako of the 1806 pattern, which had leather chevrons attached to the sides of the shako, and cords and tassels. it also had a plain brass number plate on it. the shako was hand made by me, as where the tassels and brass plate, which was painted by hand. The habite long is the DML version that had a new taller red collar done and the turn-backs redone in white. I also tried to give him the fusilier version of the bayonet holder on the cartridge pouch. He has a canteen and haversack that was pillaged from a poor soul when he first arrived in Spain. The head-sculpt was stripped and repainted, and I tried to add real-like hair to him. His weapon was originally a SST Civil War musket that has a new Tony Barton French lock on it.

thanks for looking
 

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FANTASTIC job on... EVERYTHING! I LOVE the hair! Thanks for the history behind it all as well.

Kat
 

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That is one sharp looking Fusilier CC. Great work on the hair!
Nature break in pic 4? LOL....just kidding bud. I really like this guy
 
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