Short and deadly
Each French Line Infantry regiment would have two elite flank companies, and I decided to make all the suitable miniatures in the Perry French Infantry box into Voltigeurs. The Voltigeur company consisted of the shorter veterans of the regiment, with an average height of under 160 cm. They were chosen for their marksmanship and ability to take initiative, and operated both as ranked up crack shooters and as clouds of skirmishers, moving ahead of the regiment and making life miserable for the opposing army.
France had a great reputation across Europe for their light troops and skirmishers, and the Voltigeurs took pride in their elite status. They wore moustaches, epaulettes and sabres just like the Grenadier company, and when uniform regulations later required them to lose these signifiers of elite infantry, few officers seemed to care. So as long as the miniature doesn't have a full bear fur grenadier hat, you're usually fine using them as either Grenadier or Voltigeur. The big difference is the use of various combinations of green and yellow on the epaulettes, pompoms, plumes, and so on.
I did a mistake and painted "N" on their cartridge boxes, when they should have a small golden cornet instead. Then I was too lazy to correct it. I'll get to it when I paint up more Voltigeurs.
A nice thing with the Voltigeurs is that I can either use them as ranked up units in Sharp Practice, or I can use them as skirmishers. My plan is to make an attack column with four units of marching Voltigeurs, as those above. The troopers are from the Perry plastic French Infantry box, and the NCO (pointing guy with plume) and the cornet player are from Front Rank. I need some more marching men, so I got a few sprues from Warlord Games on their sprue sale, and I will add a second box from Perry as well.
The Perry box comes with six nicely posed skirmishers, so these guys will be my first priority for skirmishers in Sharp Practice, and then I'll add marching guys if I want a bigger skirmish screen.
We played a test game (battle report later on) where these guys did a great job, so they are already close to my heart. :)
"Glory is fleeting,