Much like a World War Two miniature collection could not do without the Evil Germans, there is little point in gathering Napoleonic armies without the Emperor's boys in blue. The very real problem I had to face therefore was that my collection includes Brits, Austrians, Prussians, Russians, but only a handful of Frenchies. Fortunately this can be remedied on the cheap with Italeri and HäT sets, as I intend to do this month or the next (currently under the spell of 6mm SYW again, I have to make tough choices in the near future).
On the other hand, it seemed entirely proper to begin building a painted French army with the famed grenadiers of the Old Guard, although their use on the battlefield would be very limited. I had a box of Zvezda figures at my disposal, so a 24-man, six-base unit was created.
The usual painting methods were employed, and while the Vallejo acrylic varnish turned out at a satin shine, I found the figures adequate enough to leave them be.
A rather different approach than is required for tricorne era troops, but not as challenging as it first seemed. Zvezda figures always give me cause for worry because they are too well detailed, as I explained it before, but the mentality I borrowed from painting 6mm figures dictated that I should worry less about individual detail and create a consistent unit, in which the figures look good together. I believe this goal was achieved.