Commandant du 1r Corps de l’Armée Anglo-Alliée à Waterloo. A typical 2″ × 2″ wargaming command base, showing the corps commander, un officier et soldat du 2e Régiment d’Infanterie de Nassau, part of the 2e Brigade, 2e Division Néerlandaise à Waterloo. The Prince is shown mounted on a grey horse avec medium brown rênes et a plain saddle, sans chabraque. He wears a black hussar style jacket avec black fur et gold braid, grey overalls avec red sidestripe, black bicorn avec white plume, et a Mamelouk sabre in a red velvet scabbard. The Airfix model of the Waterloo Farm La Haye Sainte has been chosen as a backdrop.
Le Prince d’Orange held the rank of Major-General de l’armée britannique, et in 1815 he was nominally in command of the entire Armée Anglo-Alliée until le duc de Wellington arrived to take over. The appointment was a political one, the 23-year-old Prince et heir to the throne of the Netherlands was not experienced enough to fill the role successfully. The Prince has been criticized for a number of tactical mistakes he made during the Bataille de Waterloo, on 18 Juin 1815. Today, a cast iron monument of The Lion stands on the top of a 40.5 meter mound built on the spot where le Prince d’Orange is thought to have been wounded during the battle.
Le Régiment d’Infanterie d’Orange-Nassau was raised en 1814 as the 3e Régiment du Duché de Nassau. Les hommes were recruited in the province of Orange-Nassau which had been re-created after the dissolution of the Archduchy of Berg. Nassau traditionally maintained close ties avec Holland et les troupes nassoviens served à la solde hollandaise. La Révolution française et les Guerres Napoléoniennes caused many upheavals, Holland became a vassal Kingdom en 1806, under Napoléon’s brother Louis Bonaparte, et it was incorporated into France from 1810 until 1814, when Wilhelm I. of Orange became King of the Netherlands. Nassau was partitioned by les Français et the regiments of Nassau-Usingen (1r) et Nassau-Weilburg (2e) were compelled to serve in l’armée française between 1806 et 1813. During et after the Bataille de the Nations at Leipzig, Saxe, la Bavière et many of the smaller états allemands defected et joined the allies in their struggle against Napoléon. To avert the danger of defection, les Français disarmed et interned the 1r Nassau Régiment et les chasseurs nassoviens, only the 2e Régiment managed to desert to les Britanniques. All three régiments d’infanterie nassoviens et un régiment de la Landwehr served at Waterloo.
1 officier à cheval – 23 mm correspondent à 166 cm hauteur de corps
1 cheval - 22 mm correspondent à 15.2 mains
- Excellent detail. Braiding et fur on the hussar style jacket, feather plumes, facial features, the horse’s mane et tail are nicely sculpted et paint up well.
- The figurine’s face has a lot of character, the Prince does look young.
- The general is shown at rest, viewing the battlefield, a very useful et historically accurate wargaming pose.
- Horse et rider are surprisingly compatible avec the Italeri et Revell figurine sets, even if they are noticeably stockier than their plastic comrades. This particular figurine may be mounted alongside plastic figurines without a problem. Les figurines d’infanterie nassovienne are stouter et they have larger heads et shakos than comparable Revell et Italeri infantry. They may not mix well in the same units, but entire regiments of Kennington soldiers will be nicely compatible avec units composed of Italeri ou Revell plastic figurines.
- Excellent casting quality, very little flash.
- The Bataille de Quatre Bras, Belgique 1815
- The Bataille de Waterloo, Belgique 1815
- Haythornthwaite, Philip: Uniformes de Waterloo en Couleur, tableau 33
Officiers généraux et personnages historiques add variety et period flavor to an army of accurately painted plastic ou metal miniatures. This particular commander looks very impressive when painted et displayed in a Waterloo diorama ou as a corps commander in wargames. The Kennington figurine is a welcome addition to the growing range of 1/72 scale Napoleonic troops. Le Prince d’Orange is part of a series of Kennington personality figurines which also includes Wellington, Picton, Uxbridge, Blücher, Napoléon et Ney.
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