Thursday, March 6, 2008


A New Reorganization - St. Maurice is in the process of reorganizing it's troops. Here, the regiment Maison Du Roi is formed in battalion line with each of it's three companies represented by a single stand of 16 privates, and officer or NCO, and a drummer. The color party is mounted separately, with the King's color on the left (as you look at it), the regimental color on the right, and flanked by NCOs. The colonel's stand and quartermaster's stand are also separate and round out the battalion/ regiment. This new organization makes the movement of large numbers of figures much easier, but keeps the flavor of the OSW that we have come to know and love. Maison du Roi is the only guards regiment in the army of St. Maurice. Formed in the year 1726 (MY 1976), they have become the centerpiece of the Household Legion, which is also composed of the converged grenadiers, Les Gendarmere de St. Maurice, and the Guards Artillery. It probably says a great deal about the military philosophy of St. Maurice that the regiment has never distinguished itself in the passage of arms. This may also explain the otherwise enigmatic logo found on the national color; Quando Omni Funcus Moritati ("When all else fails play dead").

5 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

This unit is most impressive in appearance . . . and I love the motto.


-- Jeff

abdul666 said...

Extremely pleasant and fully 'Old School' -including the motto- as always.
Looking forward to more -as always, again.
Compliments,
Jean-Louis

abdul666 said...

"The regiment Maison Du Roi never distinguished itself in the passage of arms": well, the Gardes Fran├žaises broke at Dettingen, flinched at Fontenoy... And they betrayed their King in 1789, be warned!
Louys
PS: I like the pack horse: very 'Old School'

justMike said...

Jean-Louis it certainly sounds as if my boys are going to have to work hard to meet that standard! By the way; the "quartermaster" seen here is only in evidence in Maison du Roi and Clair. The remainder of the foot regiments will have a Vivandiere (see Willie D13) with donkey.
To both you and the Bear, I am, as always, grateful for the comments. I wish I could take full credit for the motto, but it actually came from a Canadian TV show frequently seen on PBS in this country ("The Redd Green Show"). It was just too good not to use. Thanks again.

Mike

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