Thursday, 14 May 2015

Général de brigade Bruno

Adrien François Bruno was born in India in 1771. He joined the 4e regiment de hussards in 1193 (aged 16), making lieutenant two years later, captain in January 1798, and gaining squadron command in 12e regiment de hussards in 1801. Shortly afterwards, he was promoted to major and joined 10e chasseurs à cheval.




After stint on secondment to the Dutch Army, Bruno returned on 11 November 1810 as a général de brigade and was given temporary command of 5e division de cuirassiers before gaining a cuirassier brigade for the invasion of Russia, taking command of the 1re division de cuirassiers after his commander, général de division St. Germaine, was wounded. Thereafter, Bruno commanded various light cavalry brigades and was captured after the Battle of Dresden.



Here he is modelled with a trumpeter from 3e règiment de cuirassiers: the unit which made up his brigade. Unlike the musicians of the 2e règiment de cuirassiers, those of the 3
seemingly had the more usual black sheepskins over their shabraques. But more on the 3e règiment de cuirassiers later...





I've occasionally had issues with Perry metal horses being a little week at the fetlock, but have found a solution in superglue. I now put a dollop of superglue where the fetlock/hoof meets the base and this seems to strengthen it up nicely.







24 comments:

  1. Beautiful command stand with great animation in the minis. Love the cuirass on the General denoting his heavy cavalry DNA.

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    1. Cheers, Søren. The cuirass was a pleasure to paint, but I'm sure you'll get around to do one for yourself shortly ;-)

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  2. nice job! and those trumpeters in the pre-1812 regulations uniform look really fine. Is this a 50mm circular base? After a lot of thinking I've just ordered some 75mm for my general de brigade stands.

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    1. Yes, 50mm. I use 70mm ones for Divisional and Corps commanders, which can easily take three mounted figures. If you go back and look at my Marshall Ney, you'll see what I mean.

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  3. possibly one comment: if this is a General de Brigade, then the 'belt' should be gold and blue, not gold and red (red being for General de Division). But again, great painting job!

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    1. Thanks - I'll sort that one out :-)

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  4. Lovely vignette, great job on this command stand!

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  5. Poor guy, used to be a dashing light cavalry comnander, now bogged with armor like a slow dim turtle. :p

    Great looking unit, you really know to to do vignettes! (And white horses)

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    1. Thanks Truls, but as you know, a well-fitting cuirass isn't at all cumbersome ;-)

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  6. Two great looking figures, love the trumpeter.

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    1. Cheers Ray, I do prefer the pre-Imperial Livery look

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  7. Very well painted Command Stephen !

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  8. Absolutely splendid work. Thanks for the mini bio on this interesting soldier.

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    1. Thanks Michael and welcome to the blog

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  9. Very nice work Stephen - great looking figures.

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous work, man!

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    1. Thanks Joel, I really should get some HH done soon :-)

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  11. He's beautiful, you've inspired me to start my French Heavies today, just primed a Dragoon regiment and De Kellermann.

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    1. What a kind thing to say. I can't wait to see the results :-)

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