42e (Royal Highland) Régiment Écossais, 1808–1815

Revue de Figurines d'Italeri au 1/72

42e (Royal Highland) Régiment Écossais, 1808–1815, 1/72 Figurines Italeri 6004

Highlanders et Highland Grenadiers of the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment (Black Watch), photographed at the reenactment commemorating the 180th anniversary of the Bataille de Waterloo, 16-18 Juin 1995. The Grenadier Company was deployed on the right flank of the bataillon, the Light Company would be on the left flank ou they were sent forward pour s'escarmouchant devant le bataillon.

Grenadier et Light Companies were the elite formations of the line infantry units, et they were routinely chosen for the most difficult et dangerous assignments. Grenadiers could be expected to lead an attack ou to resist enemy assaults avec exemplary courage et determination. Light companies were employed en formation d'escarmouche to protect le bataillon from tirailleurs ennemis et to harras formed enemy units. Les régiments écossais se distinguaient in so many battles that there is no doubt about their elite status.

Upon first inspection the Italeri figurines appear caricatured, primarily because some des hommes are extremely straddle-legged. Le Highlander chargeant looks strangely posed, but he is actually ambling like a horse avec his left arm and left foot forward, a debilitating gait for a soldier et usually grounds for dismissal. These mishaps are unfortunate because the figurines are otherwise historically accurate et very well sculpted.

Contenu

50 Figurines en 15 poses – 23 mm correspondent à 166 cm hauteur de corps

  • Officier avec drapeau
  • Sous-officier (2)
  • Cornemuse
  • 46 Grenadiers ou Flanqueurs:
    • debout (8)
    • avançant (12)
    • attacking (3)
    • blessés (2)
    • tirant, à genoux & debout (10)
    • loading, à genoux & debout (11)

Évaluation

  • Nicely detailed figurines, avec kilts, tartan patterns, feathers et plumes on the bonnet, hose et garters, lace, shoulder wings et metal parts clearly shown. The tartan pattern of the kilt is deaply engraved et it will be easy to paint.
  • It is a nice touch that most of the figurines are shown fighting in light gear, without the knapsack. Strangely, the standing et firing figurine is wearing the knapsack, but the man kneeling et firing in front of him is not, despite the fact that units ordered to discard knapsacks would have done so in unison. Knapsacks look more appropriate on marching figurines avec fusil sur l'épaule, which may be grouped in marching formations at some distance from the battlefield.
  • Useful historic poses of fighting et firing grenadiers. Some of the poses make excellent flanqueurs de la compagnie légère.
  • L'officier portant le drapeau est une figurine exquise, wearing the grey ou dark blue overalls which replaced the kilt on campaign.
  • Very good casting quality, minimal flash. The grenadier au garde à vous has a minor molding problem between the musket stock et the left arm, but this may not be noticeable after the figurine is painted.
  • If fewer poses had been used for the Grenadier et Light Company figurines, it might have been possible to include soldiers from the Battalion Companies as well, offering the entire 42nd Regiment in one set of figurines. Bataillons d'infanterie britannique consisted of 10 companies, eight Battalion et two Flank Companies. Accordingly, le joueur de guerre et collectioniste would have needed a box containing 40 Highlanders, 5 Highland Grenadiers et 5 Highlanders of the Light Company. The problem can be corrected by chopping the shoulder wings off the grenadier figurines, converting them to Battalion Company men.
  • The feather bonnet is the one worn exclusively by the 42nd Regiment, it has a noticeably different cut than the bonnets worn by the 79th (Cameron) et 92nd (Gordon) Highlanders. The 42nd is probably the most famous regiment de l'armée britannique, but there are so few of these hommes involved in the Guerres Napoléoniennes that one box will satisfy most wargaming needs.
  • The painting instructions on the box are misleading, showing hommes d'une compagnie du centre de bataillon, not grenadiers! Instead of shoulder wings, les fusiliers portaient small woolen tufts, they had red hackles et cocarde noire sur le bonnet. Grenadiers du 42e portaient blue wings avec white lace et short white fringes, white hackles avec red tip et cocardes rouges. Les tirailleurs de la compagnie légère portaient the same blue wings without fringes, green hackles avec red tip et cocardes vertes avec red edging. Tambours étaient distingués by yellow hackles avec red tip, cocardes rouges et noires.

Déploiement Historique

  • Flank Companies of the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment (Black Watch) 1808–1815

Possibilités de Conversions

  • Battalion Companies of the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment (Black Watch). A simple conversion, removing the shoulder wings et leaving only a small round tuft attached à la patte d'épaule.
  • 79th New York Volunteers 1861. These American Highlanders fought at Bull Run, se distinguaient à la seconde bataille de Bull Run et participated in 59 other engagements. Ils portaient l'uniforme bleu foncé avec red cuff flaps et collars, edged light blue, ou light blue collars avec a red collar patch. Kilts et Trews of the Cameron of Erracht Tartan pattern et Glengarry caps were worn on parade. Field service dress included the typical union képi et sky-blue trousers. The Italeri figurines without knapsacks are very suitable for this particular conversion, but the wings have to be removed.
  • 79th (Cameron) Highland Regiment, using bonnets from ESCI Highlanders.
  • 92nd (Gordon) Highland Regiment, using bonnets from ESCI Highlanders.
42nd Highlanders, The Black Watch

Highlanders et Highland Grenadiers of the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment (Black Watch), photographed at the reenactment commemorating the 180th anniversary of the Bataille de Waterloo, 16-18 Juin 1995. The Grenadier Company was deployed on the right flank of the bataillon, the Light Company would be on the left flank ou they were sent forward pour s'escarmouchant devant le bataillon.

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Italeri Highland Grenadiers are a welcome addition to the ESCI Highlanders. Both sets lack the Battalion Company figurines, although they are readily converted from the existing figurines. Highlanders are popular, but very rare: Only trois régiments de l'armée britannique portaient le kilt, two of which had feather bonnets similar to those supplied avec the ESCI figurines et the 42nd Regiment, wearing the bonnets now available from Italeri. The Italeri figurines should be a delight to paint, particularly because the tartan pattern is deeply engraved, guiding the painter's brush.

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