HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE

HISTOREX NCO

54mm SCALE PLASTIC KITS

COLONIAL PERIOD FRENCH CAVALRY  1730 - 1750

FRENCH CAVALRY OF THE MAISON DU ROI,  GENDARMERIE DE FRANCE, CAVALERIE-LGERE

CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms and legs 

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Historex NCO kits in the 871 and 882 Series - French Light Cavalry of the Line, were officially termed cavalerie-lgere because they did not wear the cuirass with which they were issued.  They were considered as the heavy cavalry of the French Army.  The first attempt at standardizing the uniform occurred in 1729 in order to reduce its cost but it took several years to incorporate these "suggestions". All of the regiments were owned by a proprietor or mestre de camp generally referred to as the colonel of the regiment who resisted modifications that tended to reduce the uniform distinctions of their regiment.  Each regiment adopted a blue, red, or (for the majority) a grey-white coat adorned with the buttons.  By 1740 there were 58 regiments  each of four squadrons, each of two companies, and each company ranging from 25 (peacetime) to 40 (war) men.   The best overall sources are listed at the bottom of this page. 

871001

French Light Cavalry of the Line - Officer $37.25 $248.00

871002

French Light Cavalry of the Line - Standard Bearer $37.25 $298.00
871003 French Light Cavalry of the Line - NCO $37.25 $268.00
871004 French Light Cavalry of the Line - Trooper $37.25 $268.00
871005 French Light Cavalry of the Line - Trumpeter $37.25 $288.00
882007 French Light Cavalry of the Line - Kettledrummer $37.25 $318.00

Historex NCO kits in the 872 and 883 Series - French Cavalry of the Maison du Roi.  The king's household cavalry amounted to 31 companies forming the Gardes du Corps (4), Gendarmes de la Garde (1), Chevaux-lgers  de la Garde (1), Grenadiers a cheval de la Garde (1), Mousquetaires de la Garde (2), Gendarmerie de France (16 - but see below), Gardes du Corps de Monsieur (2), Gardes du Corps du Comte d'Artois (2), and Gardes du Corps du Roi de Pologne (2).

872001 French Cavalry of the Maison du Roi - Officer $37.25 $248.00
872002 French Cavalry of the Maison du Roi - Standard Bearer $37.25 $298.00
872003 French Cavalry of the Maison du Roi - NCO $37.25 $268.00
872004 French Cavalry of the Maison du Roi - Trooper $37.25 $268.00
872005 French Cavalry of the Maison du Roi - Trumpeter $37.25 $288.00
883007 French Cavalry of the Maison du Roi - Kettledrummer $37.25 $318.00

Historex NCO kits 871 and 884 Series - Gendarmerie de France.  These sixteen household cavalry companies could average 75 men during war and this was their main purpose.  They were never intended as "gendarmes" or police as we know the word today; it was strictly an honorary title.  In fact, these companies were entitled either as Gendarmes or Chevaux-lgers but they operated as the king's battle cavalry and participated in many battles with great distinction.  Each company took their name from a variety of sources: Ecossais (Scots), Anglais (English), Bourguignon (Burgundy), de Flandre (Flanders), la Reine (the Queen), and so on.  Some confusion was built into their names.  For example, the Queen sponsored the Gendarmes de la Reine and the Chevaux-lgers de la Reine, two different Gendarmerie de France companies.  The Rene Chartrand reference below identifies each with their date raised and their bandoleer trim.

871001

Gendarmerie de France - Officer $37.25 $248.00

871002

Gendarmerie de France - Standard Bearer $37.25 $298.00
871003 Gendarmerie de France - NCO $37.25 $268.00
871004 Gendarmerie de France - Trooper $37.25 $268.00
871005 Gendarmerie de France - Trumpeter $37.25 $288.00
884007 Gendarmerie de France - Kettledrummer $37.25 $318.00

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ADDITIONAL HELPFUL PAINTING GUIDES

Chartrand, Ren.  Louis XV's Army (1): Cavalry & Dragoons.  Osprey Men-at-Arms Series No. 296.  London: Osprey, 1996.

Funcken, Liliane and Fred.  Arms and Uniforms: The Lace Wars, Part 2.  London: Ward Lock Limited, 1977.

Leliepvre, Eugne.  Infantry 1738-50, Cavalry 1735-40.  Srie Ancien Regime, No. X.  Paris: ditions Le Cimier.

Leliepvre, Eugne.  Infantry 1750-60, Cavalry 1730.  Srie Ancien Regime, No. I.  Paris: ditions Le Cimier.

Leliepvre, Eugne.  Costume Militaire - Ancien Regime, No. 14 - Cavalerie 1715-1774.  Paris: Edition Hussard du Marais.

 

 

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