French Carabiniers-à-Cheval

The 12th regiment in my project is already well and truly underway. After a number of figures from other manufactures (Waterloo 1815, Zvezda and Revell), I’ve chosen to return to an Italeri set with the excellent “French Heavy Cavalry”, or perhaps more accurately “French Carabiniers-à-Cheval”.

In truth, I started this set right back in May but wasn’t entirely happy with the way it was progressing, and then I got distracted by another set of figures…! But I’ve had to come back to them because they have such an astonishingly ostentatious uniform. Furthermore, I have yet to attempt a regiment in this project wearing a cuirass. With their impractical white uniform contrasting starkly with a red woollen crest, that brass cuirass with blue trim is an outrageous final flourish. It all makes for a distinctive addition to the project.

So now I’ve just got to paint it, something I wasn’t entirely comfortable doing last time. Defining details on a white uniform is always a real challenge for the figure painter. Then there’s the brass cuirass – there’s just not very much I can do with sheet metal other than add the paint! Nevertheless, they look terrific in white, red and brass and I’m enjoying painting them immensely.

A cuirass of the 2nd Carabiniers worn by the desperately unfortunate 23-year-old trooper François-Antoine Fauveau. It was gilded with brass rather than the polished iron of the cuirassiers.
A cuirass of the 2nd Carabiniers worn at Waterloo by the desperately unfortunate François-Antoine Fauveau. It was gilded with brass rather than the polished iron of the cuirassiers.

Carbiniers (7)

Carbiniers (5)

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