Sunday, 21 February 2021

Chasseurs à Cheval de la Garde Impériale

Surely one of the most iconic and colourful units of the Napoleonic wars, these are of course AB figures which are cast wearing the red pelisse as often shown in images of the unit at Austerlitz. I made a mistake in painting the trousers green at first then corrected it to the buff breeches and boots. Only six figures but they have quite a visual impact I think.







I found this wonderful two minute video featuring a re enacted Chasseur on YouTube. What I like is the accuracy of the uniform and the way the equipment responds to the trotting horse movement, for example the shabraque rides up exposing the black leather holsters as is sometimes depicted on AB cavalry figures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcCPdcjmI1w

19 comments:

  1. Fab video, wonderful horsemanship and a beautiful horse.

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    1. Isn't it just superb Norm :) As you say fantastic horsemanship and a beauty of a beast!

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    1. Cheers Matt, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed painting these figures.

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  3. Lee these look great, one of my favourite uniforms and one sadly missing from my own OOB!

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    1. Thanks Ian. Did HH not make the Guard Chasseurs?

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  4. Lovely little unit Lee, well done!

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  5. One of my favourite regiments Lee and of course you can increase their regimental size as they grew during the wars, and dont forget the Mamelukes who were attached, just to add even more colour. Well done.

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    1. Now I'm going to have to get some Mamelukes in my next order, must admit I keep looking at them! Cheers :)

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  6. Lovely unit. Re the video - one thing that caught my eye was how much his carbine was moving around, sometimes wildly - is that correct?

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    1. Cheers Paul. I saw several comments re that carbine bouncing around on it's sling. I think there should actually be a strap at the muzzle end to control this, it's certainly depicted on many AB figures.

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    2. Yup, aka as a saddle bucket. They had them in the Seven Years War, so... ;)

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  7. brilliant painting as always , well done mate
    cheers Old John

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  8. Gorgeous painting as always, lovely!
    Best Iain

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