"Qu’ils sont terrible, ces Chevaux Gris" (L’Empereur Napoléon)
The Greys were raised en 1681 as the Royal Regiment of Scotch Dragons et designated as the 2nd (Royal North British) Dragons en 1751. Because of their grey horses, the regiment was also known as the Greys Dragoons, the name Royal Scots Greys was not officially adopted until 1877. Dragons britanniques were actually heavy cavalry of the line, comparable to the cuirassiers of other European nations.
The figurines are shown in the 1812 uniform avec red jacket, blue facings et yellow lace, bonnets à poil noirs worn avec a waterproof cover on campaign et grey trousers avec blue sidestripe. This is the uniform worn during the 1815 campaign et at the Bataille de Waterloo. Les Greys served dans la 2e Brigade Britannique sous Maj.-Gen. Sir W. Ponsonby’s et ils se distinguaient avec a famous charge, au course de laquelle Sergeant Charles Ewart captured l’Aigle du 45e régiment de ligne.
18 cavaliers en 9 poses – 24 mm correspondent à 173 cm hauteur de corps
- Dragon avec carbine, escarmouchant (3)
- Dragon avec carbine, en réserve (3)
- Dragon avec pistolet nue (3)
- Dragon avec sabre nue, attaquant (3)
- Dragon avec sabre nue, attaquant (2)
- Dragon, sabre à l’épaule (2)
- Dragon avec sabre nue, en réserve (1)
18 chevaux en 6 poses – 21 mm correspondent à 15 mains
- Superb Detail. Folds in the clothing, buttons, lace, belts et buckles, sabre hilts, horse furniture et stirrups are nicely detailed.
- Riders are firmly seated on their horses et they have their legs pressing into the flanks of the mount.
- Beautiful horses, correctly proportioned et avec proper horse furniture, except for the pistol holsters which were not carried on campaign.
- Useful historic poses. The figurines may be deployed en unités attacking et escarmouchant. Sadly, there are no standing ou walking horses available on which to mount le dragon escarmouchant. The trooper attempting to fire from the saddle is a nice figurine which would have deserved a calmer horse for this purpose.
- Riders are correctly equipped for the campaign, avec grey trousers et waterproof covers over their bonnets à poil. Après 1812, unités de cavalerie britannique rarely took their standards et guidons into the field, et the lack of une figurine de porte-drapeau is not a problem in this particular case.
- Good casting quality, there is no flash on the riders, et the horses need very little clean-up work before they can be painted.
- All of the horses are ambling at a full gallop, an obviously unnatural gait for a cavalry horse et very uncomfortable for the rider. The poses are overdone, heavy cavalry horses should be a little less theatrical looking, particularly if they are supposed to be chargeant across a battlefield.
- There is no standing horse available to accomodate le dragon escarmouchant. The poor man cannot possibly aim his carbine et hope to hit anything while being tossed around in the saddle of a galloping et ambling horse.
- The front of the figurine box shows the Greys avec proper horse furniture, avec a rolled cloak tied in front of the saddle et no pistol holsters. Sadly, the figurines are not sculpted like that, they carry pistols holsters on either side of the saddle, although some holsters have been ommitted. Most of the holsters are empty, indicating that a pistolet has been drawn, but only three of the riders actually hold a pistolet in their hand! Apparently, the mistake has been carried over from the old ESCI figurines which were equipped avec the same holsters on their horses. One wonders why this obvious problem was not corrected when the figurines were re-designed.
- Incorrect painting instructions on the box. Les Greys portaient grey trousers avec blue sidestripe on campaign. Carbine et pouch belts should be white, natural leather belts were only worn by the remaining dragoon regiments.
- 2e (Royal North British) Dragons (Greys) 1812–1815
Possibilités de Conversions
- When the heads are replaced avec ones wearing le casque de cuirassiers français de chez ESCI ou Airfix, these figurines may be used pour représenter autres régiments de dragons britanniques:
- 1st (Royal) Dragoons 1812–1815
- 3rd (King’s own) Dragoons 1812–1815
- 4th (Queen’s own) Dragoons 1812–1815
- 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons 1812–1815
- Haythornthwaite, Philip: Uniforms of Waterloo, tableau 4
- Funcken, L. & F.: L’Uniforme et les Armes des Soldats du Premier Empire, p. 113
Le fameuse 5e (Royal Irlandais) Dragons nearly fell victim to a conspiracy after the regiment had served pendant la révolte irlandaise en 1798 et filled its depleted ranks avec des recrues irlandais, some of whom plotted to kill the officiers of the regiment. For security reasons, the regiment was disbanded en 1799, the regimental number remained vacant until 1858, when le 5e (Royal Irlandais) Lanciers were raised.
Italeri’s Greys are reminiscent of the old ESCI Greys, but they are noticeably more detailed et cast in higher quality. The figurine poses are much improved et so are the horses, even if they are sculpted in a very theatrical style now. Most importantly, Italeri’s horses have reigns whereas the ESCI horses had to have theirs added from thin paper ou foil. Joueurs de Guerre et collectionistes will find the Italeri figurines quite versatile. Using le casque de cuirassiers français, these figurines are easily converted to cover the whole range of dragons britanniques. It would be fabulous if Italeri were to pick up ESCI’s popular cuirassiers et lanciers français as well et upgrade them in a similar fashion.
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