David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occasional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Saturday 16 September 2017

The British Army & Allies in the 1790's

I've been collecting illustrations of the uniforms of the British army and its Allies during the War of the First Coalition from 1792-95 and thought some of them might be of interest to others who are exploring this period for their wargaming. They are all found through internet searches and many may well be copyrighted so if any copyright holder does object then I will take them down of course.
Stating with several plates illustrating the uniforms of the British army ~


Light Infantry

Trent Miniatures do bandsmen and a drum major.

 The Hanoverian army ~

 Attached to the British army ~

By no means exhaustive, but enough to be going on with I hope. Now, back to painting Hanoverian Light Infantry stand-ins!


  1. Hi,

    FWIW, plates 7 and 8 are from the 1770's. They are still useful, except that by the 1790's, the half-gaiters had been replaced by full gaiters, and the tricorn had begun to flatten out quite a bit.

    Incidentally, I recently found a LOT of useful information on Pinterest, using "French Revolution" and similar terms when searching.

    Best regards,

    Chris Johnson

    1. As you say, Chris, useful for the 'look' which was my stated intention. Pinterest is indeed a useful source, especially for the French I've found.

  2. Great stuff David. I'd not seen the picture with the band before so that's going to give me the inspiration to get my bandsmen completed.

    1. Glad the post has proved useful to you Colin. Still painting standins for the Hanoverian Light Infantry here.

  3. Really useful this 'tinternet thingy isn't it?

  4. out of curiosity david, did you ever think to ask Helion if they would be interested in publishing a wargames guide to the French revolutionary wars as part of their "A Guide to Wargaming" series? The period is less explored than the peninsula or waterloo but arguable has a lot more depth.