ABOVE LEFT Battalion Commander: Pendraken French mounted Old Guard grenadier officer with a new head and bicorne as featured in the last post. ABOVE CENTRE Colonel: Pendraken French mounted colonel from pack NPF14. ABOVE RIGHT Major: Converted Pendraken French line infantry officer from pack NPF3. I chopped off and repositioned his sword-arm. As much as I preferred the new arm position, it wasn’t one that could be expected of the casting process.
I wanted all my French regiments to have at least one regimental staff officer figure (see Post 47). I decided to stick with just the four highest regimental ranks, and the simplified insignia as sketched in my diagram on the left – all the line epaulettes being gilt except for the major’s silver shoulder straps, lights simply substituting gilt for silver and silver for gilt. Colonels were not necessarily present – they could have been lost in battle – but it seemed a good idea to try and have at the very least a major with his twin-fringed epaulettes in charge. The most junior officer would be captain but a captain’s 10mm insignia would be just the same as a battalion or squadron commander’s, all with one fringed epaulette on the left shoulder and a fringeless epaulette on the other – the difference being the quality of the gilt. Basically, any infantry or cavalry regiment without an officer figure with twin-fringed epaulettes would have a battalion or squadron commander.
ABOVE My simple diagram for 10mm French line insignia. Light regiments only differ by substituting gilt for silver and silver for gilt. Lower ranking insignia involves piping on the straps so sticking with these four top-brass ranks is a wise move for the 10mm painter.

French Regimental Officers’ Rank Insignia