by: Andy Brazier [ ]
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The 2e régiment de chevau-légers lanciers de la Garde Impériale (English: 2nd regiment of light cavalry lancers of the Imperial Guard) was a light cavalry regiment in Napoleon I's Imperial Guard. They were formed in 1810, after the Kingdom of Holland was annexed by France, but their original purpose was to serve as hussars of the Dutch Royal Guard. The units, who were of an elite order, were known for their loyalty and military might, as well as their professionalism in and out of battle.
When Napoleon annexed the Kingdom of Holland, ruled until then by his brother Louis Bonaparte, the Dutch Royal Guard merged with the Imperial Guard. The Hussars of the Dutch Royal Guard were converted into the new unit of horse-mounted Lancers, they were given a new scarlet-coloured uniform (copied, except the colour, from Polish lancers uniform) from that was responsible for their name, as well as a new set of weapons. They also received a new leader - Col. Baron Pierre David de Colbert-Chabanais - under whom they were known properly as the 2nd Light Horse Lancers of Napoleon's Imperial Guard (2e régiment de chevaux-légers des Lanciers de la Garde Impériale).
However, despite their previous posts in the Netherlands as the Royal Guards, they suffered enormous losses in the first invasion they participated in, which was that of Russia in 1812. While the devastation for the regiment at that particular conflict almost caused the entire dissolution of the newly formed unit, they would continue to serve in the military, but without many of the original Dutchmen, who were thought of as the pride of the regiment and who would be replaced by French soldiers.
The following year, in 1813, the Red Lancers were a distinguished regiment in a battle in Germany, and once again, in 1814, where they fought in the areas then known as the Low Countries.
The next year after that, in 1815, Napoleon returned from his exile. The same year, the Red Lancers fought at Waterloo. Even though Dutch-Belgian cavalry commander Jean Baptiste van Merlen, one of the most highly ranked and celebrated army officers of the regiment, lost his life at Waterloo, some of the original Dutchmen still existed in the ranks, and would serve as Red Lancers long after the French defeat there.
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In the box
Packed in a top opening white box with an unpainted built mounted Red Lancer on the box lid, the cream coloured resin parts are well protected with bubble wrap and in re-sealable bags for the smaller parts.
The larger of the parts have a casting block moulded onto, for the most part, the gluing surfaces, with the smaller parts attached to a casting block. A few of the parts in my kit have fallen off the casting blocks, so care will need to be taken when opening the bags not too lose any.
A fair amount of flash and a few seam lines abound on the larger parts, but nothing a swipe with a sanding stick wont take care of.
The horse is made up of four parts, and is modelled as galloping. The body is split into left and right halves with the head and neck a separate piece. The tail makes up the last part.
The saddle and associated straps and belts are cast onto the body, with the saddle also having the saddlecloth with a cloak rolled up underneath it. The sheepskin saddle cover is well done with the wool effect nicely cast. The shabraquet (saddlecloth) has the a raised crest on the rear corner which is correct for the Dutch Lancers, the Polish Lancers had an "N" in the opposite corner as well as the crest.
The head and neck are cast as one piece and is modelled with the head slightly turned to the left, with the mane streaming out and the mouth ajar. The bridle is cast onto the head, but no reins are supplied, so an alternative material will need to be sourced.
The tail supplied is cast as streaming behind the horse. Drilling out the tail to fit it onto the horses body will probably need to be done as I don’t think glue alone will hold it in place.
A saddle roll for behind the figure is also supplied.
The rider is cast as six separate parts, with the head and torso as one part, left and right arms and left and right legs. The last part is the plume for the czapska (lancer cap).
The Lancer looks to be suited in the full dress uniform, with the czapska not having the oiled canvas cover, normally found covering it in the field.
Detail is pretty good with the uniform looking well done and correct (I haven't counted every single button though lol).
Raised details on the uniform look pretty good and will lend well to painting.
The left and right legs have the stirrups for the horse moulded onto the boots, along with part of the strap, but it looks as though some material will need to be used for the straps to properly connect them to the horse.
Raised detail for the stripes on the legs will aid in the painting of these parts.
The left arm is modelled holding the reins (not supplied), with the right arm holding the lance. You will have to drill a hole for the metal lance to sit in the hand correctly and securely.
Both hands have the gauntlets modelled onto them.
A small cartridge pouch fits on the back of the rider.
Two weapons are supplied for the lancer, one obviously is the lance which is made up of three parts.
The pole is a black metal rod, with the lance tip and pennant attaching to the end. Drilling out the parts will aid in attaching these parts.
The other weapon is a sheathed sabre, which attaches to the left leg.
Lancers typically had a pistol and a carbine as well, but these are not supplied for the kit.
There are a number of smaller parts which connects the reins, bit and bridle together, and a few other bits which I haven't quite figured where they go yet.
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Thanks to Mitches Military Models for the discounted model.