Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Marshal Murat of France

Joachim-Napoléon Murat (born Joachim Murat; Italian: Gioacchino Napoleone Murat; 25 March 1767 – 13 October 1815), Marshal of France and Grand Admiral or Admiral of France, 1st Prince Murat, was Grand Duke of Berg from 1806 to 1808 and then King of Naples from 1808 to 1815. He received his titles in part by being the brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte, through marriage to Napoleon's youngest sister, Caroline Bonaparte. He was noted as a daring and charismatic cavalry officer as well as a flamboyant dresser and was known as 'the Dandy King'.

So, although I've a couple of commanders in my French army, I have no overall CinC, and no match for my Wellesley.  A rummage in the figure boxes and a look for some suitable references, and I was in a position to change that:

My version of the flamboyant dresser and commander features a Wargames Foundry model for Murat himself, accompanied by a Minifigs one-piece casting of a mounted Grenadier Colonel:

And yes, I have spotted I've made him more of a redhead than a brunette, I could argue aesthetics, but it's more honestly a cockup due to finishing the models in a rush.

I doubt it'll affect his performance on the table.


  1. Looks good! Good luck with him! I have always been a fan of Murat. He was one of the greatest light cav commanders ever in my opinion.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Great painting!! You never know he may be a bit livly being a redhead!!

  3. Interesting I have more Murats then i know what to do with!

    Minifig and on Foundry I think.