Well howdy there, fellas. This is a basic reskin of the 33rd Regiment of Foot into the 56th Regiment of Foot, which bears the title of West Essex. This regiment is unique in that in 1764, the regimental facing was switched from a crimson red to pompadour purple. Nobody (Or maybe just me) is sure on why it was purple, however the troops often stated it was due to the color of Madame Pompadour's underwear.

List of Changes:

  • 33rd Ranker to 56th Foot
  • Drummer now 56th
  • Officers and Color Sergeants 56th-themed
  • Purple facings
  • Correct regimental lace
  • New bump map to allow regimental lace to not look whack
  • Equipment for the 33rd (Canteen, backpack, crossbelt plate) now say 56
  • 33rd shako plate now reads as 56
  • 33rd flags are now for the 56th
  • Regimental drum

Installation is fairly simple and straightforward, there's a readme file just in case you need it.

Installation Instructions:

  • Make backups of your original textures (Unlike me)
  • Drag textures into the Napoleonic Wars 'Textures' folder
  • Find the troops.txt in the main directory of NW, open it
  • Ctrl + F to search for '33rd'
  • Once you see '33rd_Regiment_of_Foot' replace the 33rd with 56th
    • Alternatively you can replace the above with '56th_Regiment_of_Foot_(West_Essex)
  • You're done and ready to go


Hopefully you enjoy this addon and get some sort of use out of it.

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Bunch of various information for the 56th Regiment of Foot 'West Essex' which was a British regiment formed in 1755 until, in 1881, was merged with the 44th Foot 'East Essex' to form the Essex Regiment under I believe it was the Childer's Reforms. Originally dubbed the 58th in 1755, it was nevertheless changed to the 56th. The 7 Years' War had a lot of various regimental formations and closures.

56th Regimental Lace


Here is an example of supposedly original 56th Foot lace, you can clearly see the purple stripe woven on the standard white lacing the British employed. In the near distant future I might update this due to the woven zig-zag pattern and the shaded folds where it turns at a 90 degree angle. Najecki has catalogued a great number of British lacings on his website, Najecki Reproductions

Captain Morton Eden 56th Facing


This authentic 56th tunic belonged to an officer named Morton Eden, who served during the Crimean War, while a little later than the Napoleonic period, you can clearly see I need to darken the regimental facing, perhaps not as much as this due to how the color may have changed with age, but still, a little darker would help. This image comes from the fantastic resource of boys who deal with original British items of the 18th and 19th century, The Military Gentleman

56th Officer and Drummer


This came from a poster on a website (The Minatures Page) which username is dibble. Here we can see the regimental drummer jacket and an officer's coatee. Much like the Royal Clothing Warrant which states drummers (And various other musicians) would wear the opposite pattern colors. So, regimental facing for the jacket itself, standard red for the facings. The original source is from C.E. Franklin's book on British Napoleonic uniforms, many have questioned some of the contents of his book (Of course, one is bound to make mistakes regarding such a broad topic), yet I've never personally read his book. I'd ought to purchase it along with the very important Thin Red Line book.

56th Foot glengarry badge56th Foot shako plate


Some Glengarry badges for the 56th, they're Victorian, not Napoleonic, but it does emphasize the 6.

56th Foot in center


Another image from that Miniatures Page, this example has examples set for the 33rd Foot, 56th Foot, and 50th Foot. The 56th is in the center and they all appear to be officers.

56th Foot by William Loftie


An old sketch by William Loftie depicting a British officer of the 56th Foot.

56th Regiment of Foot Gibraltar


I guess the original came from a place called Delcampe, but I discovered this on Pinterest myself. Not quite the era we're going for, but you can see the darker shade of facing used.


56th Crest

Here's the letterhead crest of the 56th Foot

Officers coatee 56th foot 1795

An authentic officer's coatee for a British man of the 56th Foot, notice the purple facings and silver lacing.

56th Crossbelt plate Peninsular

This was described as being the crossbelt plate of the 56th for the Peninsular era, evidently, I don't recall them seeing service at all during the Napoleonic Wars (Gibraltar garrison, India, etc. etc.)

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A simple reskin of the 33rd Foot ranker to have him resemble a member of the 56th Regiment of Foot, West Essex, the only British regiment known to boast...

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