After the disastrous Napoleonic campaign in Russia (1812) , the armies of Prussia reorganized, and many men were called to arms. The Prussian uniforms had become very different from those worn in 1806, as modern as possible. But it was impossible for the industry to produce the regulation equipment (with blue jacket) for every man, so many units had to wear grey reserve uniforms.
This is the situation I wanted to represent here, using the Hät 8052 set Napoleonic Prussian Reserve Infantry. In the picture below, you can see two reserve infantrymen from the 24th line regiment, following an officer. On the left of the picture, we can see a NCO (Revell mini) who could get a blue uniform, probably an experimented soldier from another unit.
I painted these men more than ten years ago, and the pictures were sent to Hät for their website (they are still there, I checked this morning :)). For those interested by painting techniques, you will notice that I didn't use any wash at that time, but underlined every surface with very dark brown paint - it was a very long process :)
Some closer views:
As most Napoleonic painters, I use the excellent site by Alexis as a reference for the waterloo campaign: http://centjours.mont-saint-jean.com/
The box art was another great painting by Giuseppe Rava.
Hope you like these (not so) old minis :)