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Le General by Kaiser-Conti Le General by Kaiser-Conti
As you see the time of napoleonic geekyness isn't over for me.

In the picture you can see my main (and one of all-time favourites) character, a French general named Maurice Bonaventure Dautierre. The lad is a typical example of Boney's words, saying that "Every French soldier carries a marshal's baton in his knapsack". From a modest dragoon trooper, through an infantry officer, to a major general. Except of that, the character is spicied with traits praised by the napoleonic ethos, he's a stubborn and brave lad, who knows how to use his fists and sword and goes into battle with his hair blewn through and flame of excitement in the eyes and heart. Apart from that, Dautierre posseses a rather bawdy sense of humour and slightly coarse manners (if it's possible for a Frenchman:P). What's most important the general is a huge "amateur" of champagne (or alcohol in general) and the opposite sex:P A true "beau sabreur" immortalised by such names like Colbert, Saint-Croix, Montbrun, Augereau and the most famous of them all, Antoine Lasalle.

The Background pic: Fernand Cormon, The Battle of Aspern-Essling, XIX century.
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:iconfirelord-zuko:
firelord-zuko Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not very good with French uniforms, but this looks like a marshal's uniform to me (except for the hat).
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
The most characteristic thing for French napoleonic marshalls' uniforms were white waist sashes with gold embroidery and white plume edging of the hat. Also, the full dress was additionally heavily embroidered with an oak leaf motif along the stitches.
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firelord-zuko Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :)
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
No probs chum :)
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Adlynh Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Digital Artist
:heart:
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ImagenAshyun Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist
The details are amazing! :wow:
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:iconkaiser-conti:
Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
I'm just a freak, don't worry ;)
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onemeanmotherfokker Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What's neat about the lace is that it was an oak-leaf-acorn and laurel combination- which was a nod back to the Roman times of the oak and laurel wreaths.
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Seimour Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
I really like this O.o. The uniform is perfect save for the sash that I don't recognize :/. Did you draw the background as well because if so I must say that I really like it.
Another question, why is he missing a glove on his swordshand?
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
The sash indicates that he's a general de division, blue vertical stripes are for a general de brigade, and the background? naw, it's just Fernand Cormon's painting depicting the battle of Aspern-Essling :) as for the glove, take a closer look at his left hand, he holds the "missing" glove there ;)
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Seimour Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
You are right! My observation skills have failed me -_- . In this case, it is really perfect :D
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
glad you like it chum, still i think it doesn't deserve such flattering comments :D
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Seimour Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
I believe it does. Usually not a big fan of Napoleon's generals because half of them were unable to even use napoleonic tactics, but I'd gladly follow this man into battle. :D
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avary Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah yes! Antoine Lasalle, the one who said "le hussar qui n'est pas mort trente ans est un jean-foutre". His death at Wagram would prove a great blow to french cavalry in later campaigns.

Nice work. French general uniforms are hard to draw, with all that intricate gold lace. I must salute you for this.
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:iconkaiser-conti:
Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
That's why drawing all that embroidery is sooo temtping for me! :D Yay for details :d
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Gekster Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Great work on this one! The amount of detail is mind boggling :D in a good way! The boots really look like they are made out of shiny leather too. Now, all you need to do is .... draw even more!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
well..i dunnoooo *ponders* :P
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bigbellyfatbob Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Wow, this is really a cool bit of artwork. Nice!! I love the detail you've put into his uniform.
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
thank you very much, I tried:)
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ILoveNapoleon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
very very nice:love:
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
many many thanks ;)
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:iconilovenapoleon:
ILoveNapoleon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
really really welcome:D
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist
sweet! i love how decorative and colorful the uniforms were back then.
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:iconkaiser-conti:
Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
me too! where are those days gone i ask?! xD
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Nautrally, I think this is marvellous! The attention to detail is superb and this is very much my style of Attire as well - I'm jealous matey!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Recognition that comes from you is a value in itself I must say :D I'm flattered :D and you don't need to be jealous at all, we all know you're the allmighty lace-master, though it's nice to feel like you for once xD
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, very smart uniform! :aww: Always reminds me of Napolean, of course... ;)
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Medicine goes through enormous progress, and they still cannot think up an illness that manifests itself in lace-addiction xD And thanks! yes! I love the uniform too!
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XanderXVII Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Very nice, congratulation!
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
ahaha i doubt the pic is worth to congratulate me, but i'm pleased to see you like it.
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