Thursday, January 29, 2015

Regiment de Grenadiers-à-Cheval de la Garde Impériale







Assembling the French Horse Grenadiers. The sculpts are nice but I found the two horse poses too benign and inadequate for the poses the riders are sculpted in. The riders are glued to the horses and lathered with PVC glue. these will be set to dry for a few days then priming will be started.

Painting guide from Hat. 


Regiment de Grenadiers-à-Cheval de la Garde Impériale or the Regiment of Horse Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard became known for their austerity and haughty demeanor.The army nicknamed them "The Giants", "The Gods" or simply "The High Heels" (from their tall boots). 
Their uniforms consisted of fur caps with red plumes and golden cords and dark blue coat with white lapels and aiguilettes (ornamental braided cord.) 
The Horse Grenadiers rode on big black horses, with full manes and tails, bought in Caen for 680 francs apiece. Their mounts were 16 hands tall with the majority as blacks with a few browns. Their daily ration was 10 pounds of hay, 15 of straw, and 2/3 bushel of oats or 1/3 of bran.

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