Engineering corps uniform

The most advanced military uniform in the world, incorporating state-of-the-art technologies designed by our very own members! Enrol today for the chance to wear it!

— Newspaper clipping

Table of Contents

French army, Engineering corps


The engineering corps

The engineering corps is the most important corps of any modern army—don't listen to what those battle-mages tell you, without us they would all be dead!
— Sergeant

The engineering corps is made of four types of battalions:

  • Warders: set the ward systems during and outside of battles and work to bring down enemies' wards.
  • Alchemists: maintenance of uniform and weapons other than artillery, prepare ammunitions, research and development of new materials and equipment.
  • Sappers: build fortifications, roads, bridges… and destroy enemies' defences.
  • Geographers: scout enemies' territories, draw maps, plan armies' routes.

The emblem of the corps is a flask representing alchemy, a runic wheel for artefact-crafting, compasses and a set square for construction and mapping, and a dome for warding.

Because the engineers are the ones coming up with all the new military technologies, we have a special royal dispensation to integrate them in our uniforms even if we don't have the use for them.

Emblem by AmélieIS

His Majesty King Lucien is the only monarch in Europe caring about his soldiers' comfort! Join the French army to enjoy the benefit of non-scratchy armour that keeps your body always at the perfect temperature! Join us to wear the most fanciful uniform in Europe, clearly showing to everyone which is the superior nation!

— Newspaper clipping

Evolution of the uniform

The dull British uniform. Aren't you sad for them? — Newspaper clipping by AmélieIS
The biggest challenge in military textiles is the need to repel magic—to protect against attacks—while simultaneously not interfering with the wearer's magic or with other magical properties of the cloth. The absence of a solution is why military uniforms are particularly uncomfortable, wear easily, and are rarely adapted to the weather.

The recent invention of high-range assistance artefacts allowing battle-mages to attack from longer distances has revolutionised military strategies. In particular, this has led all European countries to change their soldiers' uniforms to a dull colour to make them less of a target.

Report from the Flemish front

An entire battalion of our brave soldiers was completely annihilated as their bright blue and red colours made them perfect shooting targets for the Flemish! When will our leaders finally do something to protect our people?

— Newspaper clipping

When the previous French king attempted to do the same, losing the colours of the revolutionary flag was enough to upset the fragile post-revolutions balance in the country and to trigger his assassination.

To arms, citizens! The despot that leads us has finally shown his true colours by stealing ours! Do not let your brothers and sisters return to their chains!

— Newspaper clipping

When King Lucien came into power, he faced this challenge by pouring money into the research and development branch of the engineering corps. The result was an amazing innovation that had eluded all mages for centuries: the ability to combine magic and magic-repellent properties in the same cloth.

Report from the Flemish front

Lille has fallen to our troops just a few hours after the siege was laid. Thanks to our infiltrating soldiers' new uniforms, the Flemish never saw us coming!

Praise be to His Majesty for this formidable innovation!

— Newspaper clipping
King Lucien by AmélieIS, Guérin and Artbreeder

Material and technology

Join our research and development team to learn state-of-the-art alchemy! Nowhere else in the world will you be able to learn these incredible techniques!
— Sergeant

Invention of silicone

The discovery of silicone polymers is what has allowed this textile innovation. The polymers are made with a repetition of the -(R2-Si-O)n motif. Using silicon atoms instead of carbon atoms allows for flexible mechanical properties and high inertia (resisting chemical poison and magical attacks). Different chemical groups are added in the R position to get different properties, with the search for the best ones still ongoing. A property added at the king's insistence to keep the innovation from falling into enemies' hands is an R group that triggers the self-destruction of the silicone if it is not regularly exposed to a certain magic.

Silicone by AmélieIS

Another traitor has been caught attempting to smuggle our uniforms to the English! It has been announced that he will go in front of a court martial tomorrow. Let us do away with the formality, I say! Directly to the guillotine with all of those disgusting animals!

— Newspaper clipping

Layering techniques

The subsequent development of the layering technique has allowed the creation of camouflage uniforms. When activated, their magic changes the colour of the cloth to blend with its surroundings, making the wearer practically invisible.


Absolutely shocking news from the French front! The traitorous French have forced our Flemish allies to surrender through the use of some new nefarious magic!

— English newspaper clipping



Masks made with the same layering are worn during infiltration missions. The eye pieces are made of a glass that allows the wearers to see magic up to a certain degree. The inside of the masks contains a breather mechanism made of rubber coated with silicone. Rubber is porous and thus able to absorb magic that allows it to filter oxygen from other environmental gases and to inject it into the breather. However, rubber is also ideal for microorganism growth and so it has to be carefully cleaned. As you can imagine, accidents happen...

Learn how to use your mask correctly! If the rubber does not form an impermeable seal against your face, you might as well not wear anything! You wouldn't believe the number of deaths we've had because of arrogant new recruits who couldn't be bothered to listen to instructions...
— Sergeant

Set-compass paint

Soldiers are issued watches as part of their uniform. Alchemical ferromagnetic compounds are used to paint the needles attached to the centre of those watches. They will then be able to point towards the object to which they are keyed (see uniform section for more details).

We've only had a few deaths during the experimentations! Couple of imbeciles blew themselves up by mixing the wrong chemicals—I'm joking of course!
— Sergeant

Manufacturing process

All uniforms are made in a series of newly developed manufactures present in several regions. In particular, the pieces integrating the new layering technique are produced in state-of-the-art manufacturing sites in Lyon that are powered with the ancient magic released from coal.

Alchemy manufactures

Enormous vats and industrial installations are used to create the required chemicals, such as the dyes, and infuse them with magic by alchemy. When cloths are dyed, the magic attaches at the same time as the colour. Another option is to feed magic to the sheep or plants providing fibres, then to add more magic during hand-weaving. This has a prohibitive cost and is reserved for high-ranking officers—so don't dream! Even for other officers' uniforms, yarn is just dyed before weaving to obtain a better and more resistant colour.

Scandal in Lyon!

Because of the king's negligence regarding the safety measures at the military alchemy manufactures, a reaction went out of control and threatened to engulf the entire city! By miracle, young Colonel Lucien Esselin was able to set a filtering ward over the whole city, breaking all time and scale records in the process! Two hundred thousand individuals owe him their lives!

— Newspaper clipping

Textile manufactures

Big textile manufactures do all the weaving, dyeing, milling, and sewing required for our uniforms. Uniforms are pre-made in four regulation sizes, although officers' are bespoke.

Fabric variations

The fabric used for uniforms is highly variable:

  • The winter version is made of wool with either softer wool or linen linings, while the summer version is made of linen.
  • The type of cloth depends on local availabilities at the time of the order.
  • Chiefs of regiments can order different types depending on their preferences.
  • The quality and fineness of the cloths is lower for ordinary soldiers compared to officers, an important point when carding and milling increase magical retention.


Linen is made from flax or hemp plants. Hemp gives a cheaper, coarser, and more resistant linen for common soldiers while officers use flax linen. Linen quality also varies depending on soil composition and care given to the plants.


Wool is made from a mix of Spanish Merino yarn and French-produced yarn from imported Spanish sheep. Fibres are woven to give different types of cloths:

  • Broadcloth: outside layer of the coat, waistcoat, trousers and gaiters.
  • Serge: linings.
  • Tricot: broadcloth alternative.
  • Superfine Blicourt cadis: linings for officers' uniforms.

Uniform design


Uniforms use the colours blue, white and red which have long been associated with France. The red comes from the red oriflamme of His Holiness St Denis, the first bishop of Paris. The blue is from the cope of His Holiness St Martin, with our kings wearing a symbolic blue cope covered in golden fleurs-de-lys during their coronation. The white is from the white cross of His Holiness St Michel, the archangel leading the celestial armies against Satan. We adopted this symbol during the Hundred Years' War in opposition to the English red cross and to symbolise that God was at our side, fighting against the evil English.

Nevertheless, the choice of those colours on the tricolour revolutionary flag was explained as a symbolic union between the monarch—the white—and the city of Paris—whose flag is blue and red. This was seen as a representation of the "august and eternal alliance between the monarch and the people". Thus, the adoption of those colours by the newly elected kings, both on the national flag and in military uniforms, is strongly political and an important symbol of reunification of all French people after the revolutions.

The blue colour is provided by Isatis tinctoria, a replacement for indigo dye after a shortage. The red comes from Rubia tinctorum. The white comes from bleaching for officers' uniforms, but for common soldiers' it is more cheaply obtained by selecting white yarn fibres, resulting in a greyish white.


French flag



Coat: Blue, knee-length skirts, golden épaulettes. One row of brass buttons with white tin covering and fleurs-de-lys motifs. White facings at the collar and cuffs. Cuff flaps attached with three buttons and showing gold trimmings signalling rank and battalion. Full magical layering.

Waistcoat: White, tricot lined with serge, comfort-magic.

Shirt: White, linen, comfort-magic.

Underwear: White, linen drawers, comfort-magic. People needing breast support wear linen corsets with steel eyelets over the shirt.

Trousers: Red, linen or tricot, tight-fitting. Full magical layering. Waistband at natural waist. Open with three buttons at the front. Adjusted with a gusset, tab and buckle at the back.

Footwear: Black leather gaiters. Leather shoes with studded soles, leather thongs fastening. Comfort and wear-resistance magic.

Gloves: White, full magical layering.

Hat: Red with a white border, full magical layering.

Mask: Midnight-blue colour, full magical layering.

Parade uniform

Coat: No magic. Skirts opened at the front, lapels folded to show the white facings decorated with golden braids, golden épaulettes.

Waistcoat: White, embroidered with gold.

Belt: brown leather, golden buckle. Hold a parade sword.

Breeches: Red tricot lined with linen.

Footwear: White wool or linen stockings and gaiters. Black leather shoes.



Rank and battalion display

Cuffs carry battalion emblem and rank through a system of bands and stars.



Watch: Ordinary soldiers' watches are made of brass while officers' watches use more precious metal depending on rank.

  • Gives time so as to coordinate attacks.
  • Indicates the North.
  • Special needles attached to its centre point towards the object to which they are keyed—most often the watch of a soldier's direct superior—and indicates its distance. The needles are reset regularly in case a watch comes into enemies' hands. An important tool for spies, infiltration troops, and sappers.

Weapons: A blood-magic dagger. A screw-like drill (see illustration) and rolled bands of magic-repellent cloths for warders. A sword for their parade uniform.

Bracelets: Several bracelet artefacts worn on each arm. Metal and function varying depending on soldiers' missions. The rune centrepiece is exchangeable.

Haversack: Supple bag made of cow or goat skin with the hair worn on the outside, with ticking lining. Contains rations and personal items, and a cloak-blanket is rolled on top.


Accessories by AmélieIS with Vecteezy


Maintenance by AmélieIS with Pixabay

Keeping uniforms clean is difficult when on the march or after battles. All Soldiers are issued with basic mending tools. They can also use chalk and blacking to touch up the white and black of their uniform. Regular cleaning however is challenging, because strong detergent or magical cleaning degrades the magic, silicone, and fibres. Thus, uniforms have to be washed with a solution specially provided and a soft, wet cloth. In addition, the silicone coating wears off easily because of the stray magic present on the battlefield, and so it needs to be reapplied regularly or the camouflage layer will be damaged.

Don't forget to clean your uniform if you don't want to end up like Maurice: Maurice was a young soldier, very brave on the battlefield. Maurice thought that washing and maintenance was for civilians and below him. Maurice did not properly take care of his uniform. Dirt made Maurice's camouflage spotty, and he became a nice big red target for the English! Don't be like Maurice!
— Sergeant

High-ranking officers have to inspect the troops weekly while waving around them the artefacts keyed to the silicone layer. Failure to do so on time will result in all the clothes dissolving without leaving any trace.

Don't be late to inspection if you don't want to end up naked-ass in front of the whole regiment!
— Sergeant



The army pays for the uniforms and maintenance after battle. However, if uniforms are damaged outside of battle or a piece of equipment is "lost", soldiers have to pay for replacements.

Stockings make not well-built soldiers look silly. We call them "bird-legs". Oh, come on, don't be afraid to join! We won't laugh. Too much.
— Sergeant

Compared to other countries, the French uniform is of great quality with a high concern for comfort. However, the recent layering innovation has also made the price explode—2000 Francs for the full uniform—which is why it is not standard for all corps.

Join the engineering corps to get the privilege of wearing this magnificent uniform! Impressed civilian guaranteed.
— Sergeant


Cover image: Military hospital with Adalinde by AmélieIS with Pixabay and a public domain image


Author's Notes

This article was written for the Costume Challenge.

To write this article, I've used several historical sources:

  • The information about cloth types for the uniform, prices, dyes, and the content of a soldier's pack from known information about Napoléon's army.
  • Just like mine, the uniforms worn by Napoléon's soldiers were extremely expensive and led to considerable debts for the state, yet they greatly contributed to soldiers' morale and loyalty for the empire.
  • The design of the uniform is inspired by a mixture of the uniforms of the armies of Louis XVI (for the parade uniform), Napoléon (for all the little details about the uniforms, accessories and anecdotes) and the Third Republic (for the global design of the normal uniform).
  • I got the inspiration for this article from the fact that, during the late 19th and early 20th century, European military uniforms changed to dull colours in response to new technologies and changes in military tactics. France was the only country to keep its bright colours until the First World War, so as to support the French production of red dye. The number of deaths this caused during the early days of the First World War finally forced a change.
  • Silicon was first isolated in 1811/1823, and it was a subject of studies for the rest of the century. However, it wasn't until the 1940s that a new process was invented to allow for its production at industrial scales.

For more details about the changes I've made to the timeline, you can read Introduction to the alternative timeline.

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Journeyman Gege16
Gege Escriva
5 May, 2021 18:13

Like always, a really nice, clean and wonderful article!! I like a lot how many details have you added, from the materials, the manufacturing process, the schemes and sketches and the symbolism of the colors used! I loved the link to science (chemistry + magic= woohoo!!!) and the quotes are brilliant as always!  

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— Sergeant
Seriously, too much people nowadays NEED to listen to this sergeant!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 May, 2021 10:35

Thank you very much for your comment :D I'm happy that you love it! And yes, those quotes are fun to write :D Safety rules are there for a reason :p

6 May, 2021 06:09

You've created an interesting mix of magic, chemistry and history here! I love all the quotes you've woven into the article. They don't break up the flow of the article but really add to it. I'm looking forward to reading more about this world.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 May, 2021 10:37

Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like the article :D I've become a big fan of quotes since the plant challenge so now I want to add them everywhere XD   I'm really excited to write more about this world too so I think I'll split my time between it and my main one for now and probably summer amp too :D

7 May, 2021 11:30

This was really great! I think some of the materials and technologies could actually be their own articles in which you can then expand upon them for other future articles. You could then work in links here.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 May, 2021 12:05

Thanks for you comment :D I'm only starting to develop this world so I'll see what new articles I can make and link here.

7 May, 2021 17:12

What a great article Amélie!! You really've work on every tiny detail of the costume, from the ranks, the materials, the variations of the uniform, the scientific names for the plants... i also love that you use historical pictures for the period, they add a lot of flavour, amazing job indeed. One question looking at the history of France in your world, is the regime that France has in your world like that of Luis Phillipe perhaps?

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 May, 2021 20:57

Thanks for the comment, I'm glad you like the article :D   I haven't worked out all the details yet since I've just started to really developed the world, but yes France would be under a constitutional monarchy similar to what we tried to establish during the restauration, with the difference that kings are elected (and so some people can feel this is an invitation to "accelerate" the succession) and this was established directly after the execution of Louis XVI. So Napoleon was one of the king for example. I have written an introduction article with a summary of the changes to the timeline I've done for the moment, if you want to have a look:

7 May, 2021 18:56

Wow, this is fantastic! I'm certainly impressed by the amount of detail and thought that went into this article. There are a good amount of pictures on this article, certainly not too few, and not too many either! Great job.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 May, 2021 20:58

Thank you for your comment, I'm glad you like the article :D

8 May, 2021 01:11

I love the tongue-in-cheek "newspaper clippings". Reading your articles always means a chuckle or two!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
8 May, 2021 08:38

Thank you :D I'm glad you found them fun!

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Lleij Schwartz
9 May, 2021 16:07

Very cool! I love alternate history and France as an elective monarchy is an interesting twist. The inclusion of alchemy to make the uniform is also interesting. Vive Le Corps du Génie!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
9 May, 2021 16:29

Thanks for the comment, I'm glad you like the article and the setting :D

9 May, 2021 22:31

Once again great work Amélie! ^^ Pretty layout and so many nice quotes and newspaper clippings that you added. It makes the entire article a very fun read. Dammit Maurice wash your uniform!   The article is already so detailed and well written that I don't see anything that could be improved :) Very nice read!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
9 May, 2021 22:49

Thanks for the comment, I'm glad that you like it :D Maurice is condemned to die, whatever universe he is in...

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10 May, 2021 20:31

I now know more about these uniforms than I know about myself. Well done.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
10 May, 2021 22:07

Thanks XD and thanks for the comment!

11 May, 2021 05:30

This is soooo indepth! There's so much here, it's wildly impressive. As always, I love that you've done so much art for this. Coupled with the wealth of information, it just makes it that much more. It certainly makes it personalized. Your articles always stick out to me and I can tell, right off, when I'm looking at something you've done.   I love all the snippets and quotes that you've peppered in the article. It's an inspiration. I wish I could actually come up with relevant stuff like you do. :3   And you've done a bang up job of setting up an interesting layout.   All in all, lovely job. <3

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
11 May, 2021 07:44

Thank you very much :D I'm happy you like the article and my style in general :D   It's the plant challenge and seeing what everyone else come up with that allowed me to develop that style. I want to add quotes and aloud everywhere now because they make articles so much fun to write and read. My goal is to get people killed in all of my article XD

11 May, 2021 17:08

I feel for all of the characters in your writings now. XD But it's a goal of heartily approve of and look forward to seeing how you accomplish it in future articles. >:3

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14 May, 2021 01:31

Amelie. This article is just amazing. The attention to detail is OUTSTANDING! Not only with the construction, but the way things are woven and dyed and even maintained. My gods! I have taken three course on 19th Century Europe and I have yet to see such details in my studies. Brave, Amelie. Bravo! I can't wait to see more of your world! Consider this liked and favorited!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
14 May, 2021 06:32

Thanks a lot for your comment ❤ I've been reading way to much historical research to get all of that info, but it's fun XD

14 May, 2021 12:24

This is a great article! I love all the quotes and artwork!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
14 May, 2021 12:37

Thank you for the comment, I'm glad you love it :D

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Jusdreiin Jusdaun
14 May, 2021 17:18

A great article! The art really helps put it all together and the details are ridiculously amazing!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
14 May, 2021 17:23

Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like it :D

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16 May, 2021 16:26

I think your win in this challenge is guaranteed, Amelie

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
18 May, 2021 07:51

Thanks Kajetan :D That's nice of you to say that, though you never know :p I've seen some very nice articles in the challenge already and I'm sure more of them are coming!

17 May, 2021 12:06

The detail here is incredible, nice work! The assorted images and diagrams make this both a very fun read and something that feels like a real-world wikipedia article.

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18 May, 2021 07:50

Thanks for your comment :D I'm glad you like it and found it fun! As my MC is an engineer I may have gotten a little overboard with the details, since she is supposed to know all of that and be responsible for the R&D and maintenance, but it was fun to research everything :D

18 May, 2021 20:23

Such detail! I love all the little additions like the newspaper article!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
18 May, 2021 21:34

Thank you, I'm glad you like it :D Those newspaper quotes are really fun to make :D

21 May, 2021 06:57

Great article!
I love the use of the "Newspaper clippings" and "Quotes" (especialy the light sarcastic ones) to underline the main points. Nice how muc detail you put into this!
Again great work here!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 May, 2021 14:11

Thank you, I'm glad you love the article :D I'm having a lot of fun using quotes in my articles now, so I'm glad I'm not the only one appreciating them :D

22 May, 2021 11:13

That is an absolutely fantastic and detailed article, it essentially read like a cooler version of real-life history :D

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 May, 2021 14:12

Thank you for your comment :D I did use a lot of historical sources for this article and this world, so I'm glad that it feels realistic enough despite the magic :p

23 May, 2021 00:03

I love this article! It has a very in-depth look into the uniform.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 May, 2021 14:13

Thank you for your comment, I'm happy you like it :D

23 May, 2021 08:17

Lovely article! Arts, quotes, formatting, all make the article very lifeful and I loved it. Good work Amelie! :D

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 May, 2021 14:09

Thank you for coming back to comment :D I'm glad you love it!

23 May, 2021 16:50

This is an amazing article! I can't even think of a single thing you could add, it feels like you've covered every possible angle- sassy quotes, people dying, heck you even gave me flash backs to my chemistry classes with that dreadful silicon molecule scheme :')   For real though, this is amazing work! Lovely use of quotes as newspaper clippings, and you managed to create a lovely blend of magic and technology which isn't an easy feat. Many kudos!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 May, 2021 17:12

Thank you XD I'm glad you like it and you're getting nightmarish flashbacks :p I'm trying very hard to make this world lean heavily on the science aspect so I'm glad it works :D

23 May, 2021 21:41

This is an impressive article. Every bit is interesting. And there is a lot of detail in it.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 May, 2021 22:04

Thank you for the comment, I'm glad you like it :D

24 May, 2021 22:57

This has to be one of THE most elaborate articles I've seen to date! Well done!!   My favorite section is the detail with the battalion emblem and rank. Love the details.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
29 May, 2021 00:29

Thank you :D I had fun figuring out all those details and drawing them :D

26 May, 2021 23:08

Great detail and nice propaganda!   "Won't someone think of the troops!"   *king makes uniforms dull*   "Not like that!"

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
29 May, 2021 00:30

The joy of politics... France during the 19th century was especially nice in that regard XD Thanks for the comment Mikaro!

28 May, 2021 14:32

Hi AmelieS! This article is phantastic. There is a lot of information, but attached to theexplaining pictures, the text reads totally coherent. I was so inspired by your chemical details, that I had to change my one article at once. As I have strong connections to military, I also love how detailed thestructure of your engeneering corps is depicted in the uniforms. Although the mixture of pre- ad postrevolutionary dresscodes is strange, your overall world setting is more than enough explanation why this goes that way. I will dive into your world, as this article is the perfect bait! Congratulations!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
29 May, 2021 00:38

Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you like the article and the world :D I'm going to focus on it in July for summer camp, so there will be a lot more articles coming!   I'm a chemist so I had a lot of fun using that knowledge for something useful for once :p With an engineer as my main character, I want to insist on the science aspect of this world so this is going to be fun :D   I did a lot of research in the military of that time, though most of what I used come from the Napoléon's era, since this is the one for which we have the most information - and apparently the following governments did not make that much changes anyway. I've also recently settled for the date of 1940s for my novels to make that more credible. So materials and most details of the uniforms and army are from around 1808 with Napoléon, the style of the uniform is more 3rd republic and so around 1870-1914, with the parade uniform style being Louis XVI before 1789.

29 May, 2021 00:10

Talk about covering all bases... damn! This is the most detailed article I've seen so far in the challenge. I feel like I know everything about the uniforms and their making (even things I didn't know I wanted to know). What surprises me most is how going through all of this felt like a breeze. Everything made sense, was written concisely, and was accompanied by wonderful quotes that delivered welcomed levity. I'm really impressed! Good job!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
29 May, 2021 00:28

Thank you :D I tried very hard to not make it difficult to read giving how dense in details this is, but I wanted to put all the info in since part of my MC's job in the engineering corps will be dealing with that :D

29 May, 2021 09:00

Dang it, Amelie! That's a tremendous amount of detailed work, written with passion and a sense of humour. I enjoyed the (traditional now, I think) teasing the British for their uniforms and how they attemted to steal the neat French uniforms. :D   As a fellow engineer, I enjoyed the manufacturing process and wonder if you'll be making separate articles on the sub-processes with, e.g., stat-blocks in this article?   Also. Is every member of the engineering corps is wearing a uniform with a layer of radioactive, humidity sensitive silicone? :P I can totally accept it, given that this could be connected to magic, that's being used.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
29 May, 2021 09:38

Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you enjoy the article and all the science/engineering :D   Teasing the British is mandatory :p Especially as I leave in the UK! (Though I do live in Scotland and teasing the English is a bonding ritual for us :p) And during the first half of the 19th century the British spent their time going to war against us because they didn't approve of our revolutions :( French people did not think very highly of them at the time...   Yes, I intend to make articles about all the industries, how magic affect them and what's the state of the industrial revolution in France. Lyon in particular is a super interesting city. It was the capital of silk in Europe and it shifted to metallurgy, chemistry and mechanic during the end of the 19th century. I went to my chemical engineering school there and it's where I've decided the military manufactures are going to be :D   There is no radioactivity in the uniform :p R is just how we indicate that it could be any type chemical compound such as OH, C=OH etc. This is the real formulation of silicone, so I'd hope we're not put radioactivity in our hair and clothes XD What I've decided to do is to make a bigger chemical compound as the R that has the properties of binding magical particles and so of retaining the magical "spells" imbued in them - and since people also have magical particles in their blood that is being transported by proteins, in a similar way to how haemoglobin transport oxygen, the particles are not dangerous by themselves.   Though now that you're mentioning radioactivity.... It's 50 years too early for that, but I could still have some fun with it thanks to the alternative timeline... How people were putting radium in baby clothes, cream, toothpaste, nail polish etc was certainly interesting...

29 May, 2021 11:23

Ah... so you wanted to denote group A and B added to the silicone backbone. :P My inner chemist cannot unsee radium (Ra) and Rubidium (Rb) being added in place of hydrogen atoms, though. :D   Yeah, I heard it was popular at the parties (the glowing effect) as were the UV lamps at some point.

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Sage LauraVAB
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
29 May, 2021 23:39

>> The dull British uniform. Aren't you sad for them? << XD XD   Such detail! I really like the innovation you've included here. This is some fun worldbuilding.

Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
30 May, 2021 14:34

Thank you for the comment :D Yes, I had fun making fun of the British XD and also finally using my chemistry knowledge for something useful :p

1 Jun, 2021 00:12

I can't tell you're a chemical engineer. No, not at all obvious. ;)   This was a great article. Very well thought out!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
1 Jun, 2021 06:48

Thank you for the comment :D At first I really wanted to go deeper with the chemistry because what I've put in is all really basic, but from the feedback I'm getting, seeing a molecules is already too much for some people XD

2 Jun, 2021 19:55

A property added at the king's insistence to keep the innovation from falling into enemies' hands is an R group that triggers the self-destruction of the silicone if it is not regularly exposed to a certain magic.
Oh my! Being a storage worker suddenly became a very important job!   Overall, I like the article and I'm more impressed with the amount of work that went into all the details, artwork and formatting than I am by the content itself.   It is a tad long for my taste, and I found myself having trouble staying engaged throughout. Perhaps with such ample information, leaving the materials descriptions terse or leaving them out entirely might have been a choice for us ADHD-ridden "OMG TLDR!" people.   However, it is a well-crafted, well-written article and as always, your work is astonishingly detailed and elaborate! Most impressed!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
2 Jun, 2021 21:03

Thanks for the comment :D   Yes I guessed you would find the article too long :p and you're probably not the only one. I tried to streamline it as much as possible by putting details in tooltips or using images rather than give full descriptions, but that can only help so much without deleting information I'll need later when I'll write the novel.   I think part of the problem is that it's a brand new world. Once I write the articles about the manufactures, I might be able to balance this one better - though it will be too late for the challenge by then :p   Thanks for making the effort of reading the article despite the length and how tired you were :D

4 Jun, 2021 08:51

Hi Amélie!   This is an absolutely impressive article. As mentionned by many others, it is clean, well-structured, and full of a huge amount of details! I liked your regular newspaper clippings, and quotes from sergeants that gave a more personnal perspective to the whole discussions.   The parallel between your world's French history and the outside world's French history is also great, congrats for that. Hell, you even wrote two full versions of this article!   I can't add a lot to this already very complete article, but I do have a question. I am not sure I understood, or perhaps I misread, how the blue of the uniform and the silicon coating represent a camouflage. Do they allow the French to be invisible? (in that case it definitely is way better than the dull british uniform) Or do the French send a ton of blue smoke bombs before charging?   In any case, congrats for this fantastic article :)

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
5 Jun, 2021 09:42

Thanks for your comments, I'm happy you love the article :D   For the uniform, when the magic is activated the colour change and the clothes become caméléon-like, so they're not blue anymore during those times. They could of course have started by wearing camouflage clothing and not need to do complicated and expensive magic to have everything in one uniform, but why do simple when you can do complicated? :p

4 Jun, 2021 13:08

Damn it, Maurice. You had one job!   You've done such a good with this article - there are so many wonderful details about the history and technology and everything. :) I love all the little quotes, too. They made me giggle. :)

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
5 Jun, 2021 09:49

Thanks Emy :D Poor Maurice is just condemned to die in every universe... :(   I'm trying to include funny quotes in everything now :D

4 Jun, 2021 17:44

This is a fantastic article! There is so much detail and all of the images are not only nice but also give clear visual representation of something in the article that helps to expand the article as a whole. Truly an incredible article!   I found my favorite part of the article was the materials section. It’s so in-depth, and the layering techniques especially were so fascinating to read about!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
5 Jun, 2021 10:18

Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like the material part :D I was really inspired when I came up with that layering technique, I'm happy I was able to slip some chemistry in that article XD

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Olarae & Astaroth Arcaine
5 Jun, 2021 01:12

Your articles are always a pleasure to read. Honestly, it’s so detailed and believable it reminds me of some of the journals I had to read during my university days! Which, spoiler alert, I loved to read. I’m seriously considering sending this to my Friend to read through, as he’s a avid Napoleonic war enthusiasts, as I’m sure he’d absolutely love this too!   Also has to be said, your quotes throughout are absolutely brilliant and caused a few chuckles when reading. Especially; “Don’t be like Maurice” :D

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
5 Jun, 2021 10:19

Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you love that article and my articles in general XD I've read a lot of historical material for that article and I'm hoping the rest of the worldbuilding in that world will be at the same level :D   I had a lot of fun with those quotes, poor Maurice is condemned to die in all of my worlds :p

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Sailing Ocelot
5 Jun, 2021 03:49

Whoa... This is amazing. You've put so much detail and effort into this... I love how many images you have here that support the article very nicely, and the quotes are great. Really... wow... From layering techniques to mentioning how the winter uniform is made of different fabric... I'm blown away :)

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
5 Jun, 2021 10:23

Thank you for you comment :D I did try to use the images to give more details and save up on word count :p I didn't hold back on details here because my MC is an engineer and I want her to know everything XD

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Sailing Ocelot
5 Jun, 2021 12:20

That's some very important worldbuilding there, then :)! I hope it helps you with your future projects regarding your MC!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
5 Jun, 2021 13:12

It really did, this challenge was the trigger I was missing to worldbuild this world properly :D

5 Jun, 2021 14:54

An amazing article, not just in detail but in how it provides a sense of the world through asides, clippings, and tone. I really enjoyed learning about the evolution of the uniform, technological developments, and how the army worked to protect their secrets. Of course, that leaves me with questions about the cleaning solution and how it's made! Something to expand on in its own article later?

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
5 Jun, 2021 15:12

Thanks for the comment :D I haven't thought a lot about that cleaning solution, but that's a good idea to expand on that! Maybe I can put some silicones too into it and develop the budging chemical industry I've invented then :D

5 Jun, 2021 17:37

whoooaa!!! I have a lot to learn it seems. Awesome article, very nice detailed article Also a cool page layout. I love it! Great to add the research into the silicon and such!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 Jun, 2021 22:56

Thanks for the comment :D I want to have a big focus on the science for this world, so I had a lot of fun inventing my magical silicone, I'm glad you like it :D

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George Sanders
6 Jun, 2021 05:27

I only now got to reading your article :) after scanning the discord channel through the month, I knew some of the pictures and details you were working, was fun to see it after all the evolution.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 Jun, 2021 22:53

Thanks for the comment and taking the time to read the article :D Yes I cannot let my article rest, I need to keep changing stuff and adding pictures for the whole month :p

7 Jun, 2021 05:27

This is well formatted, easy to read, and well researched. I really like your quotes and newspaper clippings, particularly the way the crown is criticized for brightly colored uniforms and then again for attempting to adopt drab colors.   I like all the different cuff designs to denote rank and I love that you go through the accessories as well.

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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 Jun, 2021 22:55

Thanks for the comment :D I had fun with those quotes and newspaper clippings - there is never pleasing everyone and 19th century France was particularly "fun" with the endless revolutions :p

11 Jun, 2021 22:40

An excellent and impressive article. Can't think of anything I might add, except possibly working in more links to relevant articles, assuming those are available.   However, I will note that the two R groups noted for the chemistry of the silicon polymer you've described should probably be R1 and R2 rather than Ra and Rb. Radon (Ra) and Rubidium (Rb) are both existing atoms; while I'm not sure they would have been specifically identified at the point of history you're writing at, I suspect the chemists of the day would have used a format that was sufficiently differentiated from the chemical symbol format, lest a person interpret them as a recently discovered element they're not familiar with.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
12 Jun, 2021 09:24

Thanks for your comment :D I don't have more links available for the moment since I moved this world to WA just for the challenge :p   Good point with the R groups - I remembered we used "a" and "b" in my chemistry courses as well as "1" and "2", but that might not have been with R. And anyway, with the context of alternate history, it's better to be cleared :D (though Radon is Rn, it's radium that is Ra, this one was discovered by Marie Curie in 1898 - Rubbidium was apparently discovered in 1861, so not too far from when I'm writing...)

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
12 Jun, 2021 09:32

Ah, now I remember why we use a and b instead of 1 and 2, it's to disambiguate from R2 = 2xR instead of R number 2 :p But I think I'm going to use x and y in that case to avoid both problems...

13 Jun, 2021 03:19

I'm beginning to think I'm not getting enough sleep. I was definitely *thinking* of Radium when I wrote Radon. Heck, I even had a longer version of the comment that rambled on about how it would be a really bad idea to use Radium in clothing because every isotope of it found on Earth is radioactive. (One of rubidium's 2 naturally occurring isotopes is as well - about a quarter of all rubidium, though with it's utterly absurd 50-odd-billion-year half-life, it's probably not a significant increase over background radiation levels.) That comment grew excessively longwinded and was axed, apparently along with my ability to remember what atoms I was referring to.   I like the Rx and Ry choice. Subscripted numbers are probably what a chemist would actually go with, but it can be awkward to use subscripts and superscripts digitally. (One could point out that Rx is the abbreviation for prescription, but in the context of an atomic structure diagram, I don't see anyone making that mistake.)

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
13 Jun, 2021 08:19

Well I'm a chemist :p the problem is with the condensed version of the molecule name O-R2-Si-O vs O-RxRy-Si-O with both the 2 and the x and y being subscript (an it's only now that I realise I didn't make them subscript in the molecule drawing... which is probably where the confusion comes from...) Even when drawing the molecules, not all atoms are shown all the time and so you could have R2 attached to another atom as a way to say that on that side there are two R groups. Or it could also be a a type 2 R groups :p So that's why both type of annotations can be used depending on the context.   I did guess the the Radon was a typo, I was wanted to be a smartass XD   All this talk about radioactivity really make me want to play with it in the worldbuilding though... People wearing radioactive stuff was definitely a thing and it would be fun to play with the horror of it...

12 Jun, 2021 00:13

Love the details you added in this article, The artwork is amazing as goes well. A Great article!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
12 Jun, 2021 08:47

Thank you Shadow :D

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E. Christopher Clark
12 Jun, 2021 15:54

Oh my gosh, Amelie: how have I not read/commented on this one until the final day?! This is so, so good, and you should be so, so proud. There's so much detail here, but none of it feels extraneous. The art works wonderfully with the writing, and I adore that you've included author's notes.   Fantastic work. Keep writing!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
12 Jun, 2021 21:32

Thank you for your comment :D I'm glad you didn't think it was too much information thrown at you :p And I'm also happy you appreciate the author footnotes! I hope to make more use of them for this world to talk about my inspiration :D

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