I've decided to paint these as Italians, just as a something different from the usual French. I've chosen the 3rd regiment with green facings and red collars.
Here's progress so far. Victrix figures and they have nice poses. White spray undercoat serves as a base colour for the uniforms. I've experimented with a black wash and grey for shading and I'll tidy all this later.
And this is waiting in the wings. Warlord figures are in much more basic poses than Victrix and not too fond of French infantry in greatcoats, but I'll see how I get on. If I don't like them, then I'll put them on ebay.
Like many gamers or painters, the usual problem I have is too many projects that I'd like to do. Hopefully I'll find the time to finish the Italians.