Reich Duke Wilhelm von Beerstein offers his splendid army in support of Empress-Queen Maria Theresa and the Austrian Empire. Long live the Empress and death to her foes!
All in Monte-Cristo hope our Royal Guests will keep fond memories of their visit to our dear Presipality.The cantinieres who volunteered for the Saxe-Beerstein Foreign Legion are gathering (in their provisional uniform: they will eventually wear uniforms reflecting thoses of the units they are individually attached to), ready to join the Royal Tourists caravan.
It appears that the Reich Duke has had an excellent visit to Monte Cristo and has hopefully shaken off his discomfort of the ambush upon departing Carpania.And with cantinieres such as those, everyone will be wanting to join the Saxe-Beerstein Foreign Legion. Hubba! Hubba!Jim
Where am I ever going to find figures for such lovely lasses?
Figurines of cantinieres / vivandieres / sutleresses suitable for the 18th C. are indeed a rarity. While fictitious, 18th C. uniformed vivandieres have their appeal -specially for fictitious Lace Wars armies!- and P. Young had them in the 'ideal infantry TOE' in "Charge!"Indeed, historically, "typical" cantinieres (soldiers' wives wearing a variant of regimental uniform, selling food and rhum -so they are characterized by their keg / small cask- and able to act as nurses / paramedics) appeared in French revolutionary armies and often are depicted in paintings and popular pictures of napoleonic ones- but 'uniformed' in painting and pictures dating at least from the 2nd half of the 19th C. They are largely a 'romantic' French invention -specially as really *unifomed*- and just like 'zouave' uniforms became fashionable under Napoleon III and widely copied during the ACW.So one has a diversity of minis for French in Mexico / ACW / Franco-Prussian War cantinieres, maybe a few napoleonic ones, but the only 18th C. cantinieres figurines I know of are the two Spencer Smith / Willie ones. The 'British' is said to be buttonned up the neck buttoned up the neck while the 'French' displays a generous decollete? ACW/FPW vivandieres (with baggy trousers under their skirts) don't seem very propitious to conversions (headswapping to give them a tricorn?). A possibilty could be to convert 18th C. civilian women in suitable dress by adding a keg on a shoulder strap and give them a uniform by 'paint conversion'? For mounted troops SS/Willie offer several riders (used by Bill for Lady Pettygree & friend and by Jim for Milady de Winter) and even a 'female hussar' in the 'Early Napoleonic' range...
If interested in miniature vivandieres or, more generally, Lace Wars ladies in semi-military dress (daughter of the regiment / regimental god-mother / inhaber's wife / honorary colonel Prinzessin…) feel free to look at my O5.07. "09 comment: corrections and additions welcome!To make a long story short, Tradition 30mm ‘Willie’ appears as the best source of suitable figures, both designed as such or propitious to conversion. Then, Tradgarmastare was intrigued by the topic and may have gathered complementary information?
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