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Changing the guard by Kaiser-Conti Changing the guard by Kaiser-Conti
Because every little boy had a moment in his life , when he wanted to be a soldier! :fuzzydemon:

featuring corporal Louis and lil' Michel the wanna-be soldier.

The cobblestones ain't coloured, because they turned out to be crappy that way.

Brick wall texture by :iconblontj: [link]

Wooden plank texture by: :iconftisis-stock: [link]
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I like Louis' smile under his mustache. ^^
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Louis is a corporal ? Those three golden chevrons on his upper sleeve look like modern-day French Army chief sergeant (sergent chef) insignia, though ...
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
The corporal insignia are the two aurore straps piped red just above the cuff. What you are referring to are the so called chevrons d'ancienneté, where every chevron indicates 8 years (or one full-time enlistment period) of service in the army. The chevrons d'ancienneté were created in 1771, but before 1789 a veteran of 24 years of service that still wanted to stay in the ranks, instead of a third chevron, received a medal - the so called médaillon des deux epées
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Thank you for the info, man. :-)
Say, do you speak french ? Just curious.
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014

My language skills eh? hrm, boy it sure is a messed up thing. In public, when i have to interact with foreigners I exclusively use English - not because I think it's so great, but simply because it's the language I feel the most confident about. I love the sound of the French language and I've even tried to learn it once, but the differences between written French and French pronunciation are too big for my modest mind to comprehend. All in all, i can't speak nearly a thing in French. However, my admiration for French uniforms between 1691-1815 makes me buy loads of books and magazines from France - I understand pretty well the written French and I'm able to communicate that way. My private correspondence with the fellow members of the "la Sabretache" society (which i'm in as well) is entirely in French, though preparing a reply and checking it make take some time depending on the topic. And to be frank, I still think that my emails ain't that great, but I do my best.

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LancastrianKnight Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Artist
Nice =) legend does say Napoleon saw this multiple times in the capitol and it inspired him to form the young guard = very enthusiastic/patriotic young men who wanted to give France their all.
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AlexVanArsdale Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
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Stolicus Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
very good
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TomZanovich Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Ah, don't you worry you Marie-Louise, Nap will call you soon enough. 
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
So cute!!! :love:
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DrFatalChunk Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
D'aw :3
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice :) :D
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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Cute
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PiS-and-Love Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice photo ! :):):)
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
ależ dziękuję pięknie :)
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PiS-and-Love Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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MjP-70 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Great work!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Glad you like it :)
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DieWalkyrie Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
This is really sweet pic, good jod :)
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Well, more than the pic itself I enjoy reactions of many people. I really thank you for that :)
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DieWalkyrie Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Do you?
You're the mostly welcome :)
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onemeanmotherfokker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I know who your style of painting reminds me of. JOB - Jacques Onfroy Bienville - one of the greats in Napoleonic illustration!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Oh I know the guy! (well, his pics, but now thanks to you i know the chap's name, thanks!) he's damn good I admit, though i prefer a different type of shading than his clear, disctinct lines of colour :3 Other people i find a great influence for my stuff are Patrice Courcelle, and first of all Lucien Rousselot ;) Anyways you really made me a huge honour comparing me to artists so great!
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onemeanmotherfokker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Courcelle is a great guy - I think, though I'm not sure, that he has one of my Napoleonic comic books I did back in the 90s - one of my friends bought a couple and Patrice ended up getting one. XD

Rousselot is a great artist, to be sure - the way he handled horses was great.

I've been so out of the Napoleonic loop - near on 10 years now. There are days I miss it - I used to be more active on the forums but it's always Waterloo-Marengo-Waterloo and I got tired of it.
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
True that, I wish I could draw my horses as Rousselot did! Stil, I can't wait when they finally gonna publish his famous Uniforms of the French Army in Polish! *drools*

I've always wanted to be a napoleonic reenactor, though it's a costy thing around here, also, in my region there ain't many groups to join, and creating one from scratch is a thing to serious to be done without any significant experience I think. And napoleonic groups are bajillion of Duchy of Warsaw units lol
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onemeanmotherfokker Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome - If I was more in the loop I could probably list the ones being translated into Polish, but it's been too long.

It's very very costly, even here in the states. There are quite a few groups in Europe, but regionally I'm not so sure.

[link]

Here's an old list - I don't know how updated it is.
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Well, it doesn't mention any of the polish groups :D

Btw, it causes my curiosity, how can one become a certain napoleonic age character reenactor. I mean, how people agree that one guy can be Boney, the other Ney etc etc :lol:
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onemeanmotherfokker Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw that! It's probably not up to date.

I dunno - I know that they used to draw lots, but I think it's who has the most cash for the uniform and has been in the re-enacting the longest. I know they look down on my husband (the Luftwaffe reenactors here, but they're mostly idiots anyway) for being an Oberst, but he was given the title by Rommel's grand-daughter and okayed by a LW officer that we met, so they really have nothing to say to him about it.
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LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I SO know his feelings xD; I've been like this before I became a re-enactor in guard grenadiers <": ohmy, little boy, good luck to you in the future! Le your enthusiasm stay as long as it can!
Lovely work, really :heart: Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Thx, I share his attitude as well , you can even say it's a personification of my feelings for the armies of the past ;) and lucky you! got any website of your unit?
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LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Yes, big respect and very little taste of envy maybe hehe.
Here you go: [link] (many awesome photos in gallery btw ;3 )
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
ahaha! thanks matey, btw I applaud the choice of regiment! ;)
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DarkCloak Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
This brings a smile to my face!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
thanks chap! That was the plan! (such comments really give faith that you did things as they should be done) btw, it's good to hear from you again! ;)
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Faulv Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
It does to mine to!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
haha! glad about it chum! :D
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TheGreatMC Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Aleś pan wyczarował...
Na wstępie myślałem, że to fotografia figurek historycznych! :clap:
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Ajtam ajtam, gdyby tylko to jak rysuje dało się wytłumaczyć magią...zawsze się bardziej wyrobnikiem czułem ;) co do figurek..oj taaak, gdybym je miał.... oj byłyby zajęte defilowaniem po podłodze, oj byłyby! Ale zaraz...to chyba nie czyni ze mnie militarystycznego wariata a la Friedrich Wilhelm I? :P póki co nie odnalazłem w sobie uwielbienia dla posągowych chłopaków z wąsem xD
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gyro5 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
I guess I can say I took it to the next step and wore the uniform by joining the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Oh wow I love this picture, just the childhood feel of it. I love it man!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
ah, thanks a lot lad! It's always nice to hear that...especially that I'm greedy for compliments...xDDD
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
We all are greedy for compliments
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
If you put it that way... xDD
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
XD it sounds bad that way
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant, so reminiscent of photos of a later period, I'm sure it happened in the 1800s too!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Boy's nature is always the same throughout the course of history. "And I stood next to a sooooldieeer!" *common admiration of the chaps*
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XanderXVII Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Nice picture!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
thx! ;)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, heh... kind of cute! :giggle:
And with that outfit, he's a little like a Hobbit, too ;)
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
ahahaha, thank goodness I didn't make his hair brown and curly like i had planned in the beginning! XDD
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