Soldats à la Sauvage

Native sons of New France prepare to fight for hearth and home.

From the Milice du district de Trois-Rivières. The Canadian militia supplied a good deal of the relatively small amount of men available to the French in America.

The company is led by the intrepid Capitaine de Milice, Alain Terieur, a man of vast wilderness experience. Not always the steadiest, and unsuited to going toe to toe with regular troops, if fighting in their preferred style, which mimicked that of the natives, they could be formidable opponents.

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The Intrepid Capitaine Alain Terieur

Terieur is assisted by Lieutenant Felix Lechat, a whiskery fellow with cat-like reflexes, and the remarkably clean-shaven Enseigne Daniel Laroux, whose vanity of appearance is matched only by his modesty concerning his toilet arrangements.

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Lieutenant Lechat and Enseigne Laroux

The dour Sergent Grincheaux is the last of the company’s official complement of leaders.

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Sergent Grincheaux

Three young scions of the nobility from the Compagnie Franches de la Marine are along to prove their mettle, the agile De Grenouille, d’Inse (who is often slow on the uptake) and Bonnet (easily identified by his red hat).

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De Grenouille, Bonnet And D’Inse

The rifle-armed Boniface Tournage is widely regarded as the best shot in the Trois-Rivières.

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And Another One Bites The Leaf-Mulch

The men are all Canadian born and first-class woodsmen.

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Wild Men Of The Woods
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Even Wilder Men Of The Woods
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Yet Wilder Men Still Of The Woods
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Still Wild Men Of The Woods
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More Wild Men Of The Woods
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The Chap In The Hood Is Especially Wild
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And You Won’t Get Much Wilder Than These

In Sharp Practice terms the force comprises 94 points:

  • Leader Status III (Capitaine Terieur)
  • Leader Status II (Lieutenant Lechat)
  • Leader Status II (Enseigne Laroux)
  • Leader Status II (Élève Officier de Grenouille)
  • Leader Status I (Élève Officier d’Inse)
  • Leader Status I (Élève Officier Bonnet)
  • Leader Status I (Sergent Grincheaux)
  • Marksman Boniface Tournage
  • Seven Groups of 6 Milice Canadienne

It is unlikely that the entire company will be fielded at once. Terieur’s men often act as scouts and skirmishers for other French forces, or fight alongside the natives.

Figures from the ever-excellent Galloping Major and the rather nice North Star Military Figures, with a handful from Redoubt Enterprises.

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