The Compagnies Franches de la Marine were named for their captains. This force is based on the historical composition of a Compagnie Franches de la Marine, but has no direct historical counterpart (unlike the Half-Company of the 42nd (Highland) Foot) and, following Fat Lardy tradition, I have used names chosen more for comic effect than for any historical versimilitude.
This demi-compagnie is led by Lieutenant Jacques Clozeau (formerly in the employ of Nicolas Berryer, the lieutenant général de police), assisted by Enseigne Olivier Maudit, and a cadet, Hugo Igor. All these gentlemen are of Canadian birth, unlike the poor wretches they command, who are the sweepings of the French gutters.
The demi-compagnie also has the veteran Sergent Grondement to rely on.
Clouzeau’s force lacks numbers, so he has brought his trusted Huron allies, Tobacco and Hahwhendagerha (seriously, these are real Huron names not made up ones like most of the French) with a small war party along too.
In Sharp Practice terms the force comprises 47 points:
- Leader Status III (Lieutenant Clouzeau)
- Leader Status II (Enseigne Maudit)
- Leader Status I (Élève Officier Igor)
- Leader Status I (Sergent Grondement)
- Three Groups of 8 Compagnie Franches de la Marine Line
- One Group of 6 Compagnie Franches de la Marine Skirmishers
with another 28 points to flesh it out provided by some Huron allies:
- Leader Status II (Hahwhendagerha)
- Leader Status I (Tobacco)
- Two Groups of 6 Huron War Party
- A Scout
- Two Dummy Movable Deployment Points
The Compagnie Franches de la Marine figures are by from Conquest Miniatures, as are Hahwhendagerha and Tobacco. The other Huron are from Redoubt Enterprises; very characterful models but also slightly but noticeably larger than the other figures I’ve used (across all forces – they are bigger than the Redoubt Highlanders too). I have previously mentioned the rather annoying delays and lack of communication that Redoubt seem to specialise in, but I’m going to do so again because other very small manufacturers seem to be altogether more professional in that regard. I’d recommend their figures, but expect to wait weeks for them to arrive.