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Thanks!! Sry, I can't rep you at the moment!

Is it this book?

http://www.amazon.de/Napoleons-Armee...usselot+Plates

(in German )
No, The info I posted was the original plates and text sheets.

I also have the Rousselot book which is very good but afaiac, not as good as the plates which of course are much, much more expensive in the long run.

The bearskin was an expensive item that needed a lot of care and grooming to keep it looking good and the fact that the shako was more practical and better to stand up to the elements, but then again, some commanders insisted on keeping the bearskin for their own reasons like tradition, style etc.
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Thanks, why did they abolish the bearskin for the Grenadiers?
The bearskin was expensive but it was also the traditional mark of the elite companies in the line and light regiments. The 46th Ligne kept theirs, and in good repair into 1814 and they were undoubtedly not the only regiment to do so.

French regimental commanders might also ignore any and all regulations they didn't care for regarding uniforms and it should also be noted that some voltigeur companies were still wearing colpacks through at least 1813.

The shako was an excellent head gear and was generally popular and as long as the elite companies in the line and light regiments wore either a red plume (for grenadiers and carabiniers) and the voltigeurs had their green and yellow combination plumes, the rumbling could be kept to a minimum. With the introduction of the smaller houpes, tufts, and colored pompoms for the elite companies, the grumbling became much louder and the ignoring of the new regulations more widespread.

As for the pervasiveness of the new Bardin uniforms in 1813 they were undoubtedly not used by all. The new conscripts probably were, but the veterans and troops holding the fortresses in Poland and Germany probably either did not or had a mix of uniforms especially if replacement clothing was procured and made locally.

What soldiers are supposed to look like is one thing; what they actually wore quite another.

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Thanks for the information!

Is there a comparable compendium for the Prussians?
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Was the 'blue' of the Prussian Line Infantry basically the same as the French Line 'blue'?
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Was the 'blue' of the Prussian Line Infantry basically the same as the French Line 'blue'?
At 28mm after shading and highlighting? It would hardly notice especially if you use subtle differences in the highlight colour but if you must, you could make the Prussian blue slightly darker. I personally wouldn't bother.

I'll post a very interesting chart on French uniform colours later.

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