Luoshangzhi wrote:If we're talking about the Legion Etranger for the Great War through the 1920s, then the basic French infantry will do just fine.
Yeah, I was thinking more of the post-war "Beau Geste" period. Pulp era skirmishing and roleplaying is fairly popular. But even when they would have been wearing the Adrian, a lot of gamers like to model them with the kepi blanc to gve them a visual point of difference. It's like slouch hats for Australians - very rarely worn in battle, but very commonly modelled so they look different to British units.
And pith helmets we already have, though I'd be stoked to have more of 'em
Plus you could use the heads on WW2 Commonwealth kits for 13e DBLE
If there's room for extra heads wearing the kepi blanch, so much the better, as the Adrian was not universally issued to the Legion Etranger overseas in the aftermath of WW1 (frontline Metropolitan and colonial units were prioritized, followed by other combat fronts, with the colonies being last on the list for issue of the new helmet).
Concerning the pith helmets, there was some difference between what the French issued their troops in Syria and the Levant versus the British issue in 1879:
The following is a great reconstruction showing the evolution of the French infantryman's uniform and kit during the course of the Great War:
Concerning the appearance of the members of the 13th DBLE, actually, you'd want to do the conversion the other way 'around:
By Bir Hakiem the 13 DBLE was fairly well reliant upon British stocks for uniforms, and British helmets were quite common. The Legionnaries made a point to try and retain Adrian helmets or kepi blanc whenever possible as a point of honor and national identity, but in practice, the majority of the uniforms, weapons, and other equipment were British in origin.
The French forces of WW2 wore a very different uniform from that issued in 1918. The helmet had changed with the issue of the M1926 Adrian, and the uniform cut and equipment were updated between the wars:http://www.1999.co.jp/itbig20/10205336b.jpg