HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE

HISTOREX NCO

54mm SCALE PLASTIC KITS

NAPOLEONIC WARS - FRANCE - GARDE IMPERIALE CAVALERIE

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Grenadiers a Cheval Gendarmes d'Elite Dragons "Imperatrice" Chasseurs a cheval Chevau-Legers Lanciers
Mamelukes Eclaireurs Gendarmes d'Ordonnance Gardes d'Honneur Lancers de Berg

 

GARDE IMPERIALE GRENADIERS A CHEVAL

Image credit is Historex NCO Color Card 661

Note:  Kit HX3013 will make one of the following figures which are listed separately below - Officer, Standard Bearer, Trumpeter, or Trooper in full dress uniform.

CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms and legs and builds one of the following: 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION KIT PAINTED

HX3013

Grenadier a cheval, Mounted - Officer $34.00 $245.00
Grenadier a cheval, Mounted - Standard Bearer $34.00 $295.00
Grenadier a cheval, Mounted - Trumpeter $34.00 $265.00
Grenadier a cheval, Mounted - Trooper $34.00 $265.00

 

Historex HX3013 Series Grenadiers cheval de la Garde

 

GARDE IMPERIALE GENDARMES D'ELITE

Image credit is Historex NCO Color Card 667 - 678

The Gendarmes d'Elite of the Imperial Guard were selected soldiers of exceptional qualities taken from the National Gendarmerie.  They were the mounted guards of Napoleon's palace where ever it  be: in residence or in the field.  They were detached to escort various elements of the headquarters including vehicles and staff officers.  Other soldiers Napoleon used were the foot guards of the Grenadiers and Chasseurs and, as a personal bodyguard, the mounted Chasseurs a cheval all of the Imperial Guard.

CONVERSION KITS - the HX3014 kit includes extra arms and legs and all parts to build one officer, or standard bearer, or NCO, or trooper, or trumpeter, mounted on a horse in either the 1801-1804 or 1804-1815 uniform.  They are listed separately as HX3014 below but are all the same kit.  The other two series, under the prefix 678, represent the early Empire Gendarmes d'Elite in foot service under two different uniforms: 1801-1804 (bicorne or chapeau) and 1804-1806 (peaked bearskin or bonnet).

ITEM

DESCRIPTION MOUNTED SERVICE: 1806-1815 KIT PAINTED

HX3014

Gendarme d'Elite, Mounted - Officer $34.00 $245.00
Gendarme d'Elite, Mounted - Standard Bearer $34.00 $285.00
Gendarme d'Elite, Mounted - Trumpeter $34.00 $255.00
Gendarme d'Elite, Mounted -  NCO or Trooper $34.00 $265.00

ITEM

DESCRIPTION FOOT (CHAPEAU): 1801-1806 KIT PAINTED

678101

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1801-1804 - Trooper $24.50 $121.00

678102

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1801-1804 - Standard Bearer $24.50 $161.00

678103

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1801-1804 - NCO $24.50 $136.00

678104

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1801-1804 - Soldier $24.50 $136.00

678105

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1801-1804 - Drummer $24.50 $141.00

678122

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1801-1804 - Mounted Officer $34.25 $248.00

ITEM

DESCRIPTION FOOT (BONNET): 1804-1806 KIT PAINTED

678201

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1804-1806 - Officer $24.50 $121.00

678202

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1804-1806 - Standard Bearer $24.50 $161.00

678203

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1804-1806 - NCO $24.50 $136.00

678204

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1804-1806 - Soldier $24.50 $136.00

678205

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1804-1806 - Drummer $24.50 $141.00

678222

Gendarme d'Elite, Foot 1804-1806 - Mounted Officer $34.25 $248.00

 

Historex HX3014 Series Gendarmes d'Elite de la Garde

 

GARDE IMPERIALE DRAGONS "IMPERATRICE"

Image credit is Historex NCO Color Card 663

Note:  Kit HX3012 will make one of the following figures which are listed separately below - Officer, Standard Bearer, Trumpeter, or Trooper in full dress uniform.

CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms and legs and builds one of the following: 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION KIT PAINTED

HX3012

Dragons "Imperatrice", Mounted - Officer $34.00 $245.00
Dragons "Imperatrice", Mounted - Standard Bearer $34.00 $295.00
Dragons "Imperatrice", Mounted - Trumpeter $34.00 $265.00
Dragons "Imperatrice", Mounted - Trooper $34.00 $265.00

 

Historex HX3012 Series Dragons a cheval de la Garde

 

HXH048 (HISTOREX 30H048)

SOLDAT DU DRAGONS DE LA GARDE EN TENUE DE CAMPAGNE

KIT $37.00 / PAINTED $258.00

 

GARDE IMPERIALE CHASSEURS A CHEVAL

Image credit is Historex NCO Color Card 634 - 612

Note: Series 642 represents the Garde Chasseurs a cheval mounted in service dress wearing the long surtout 1804-1815.

CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms and legs 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION KIT PAINTED

642001

Chasseurs a cheval, Service Dress - Officer $34.25 $268.00

642002

Chasseurs a cheval, Service Dress - Standard Bearer $34.25 $298.00
642004 Chasseurs a cheval, Service Dress - Trooper $34.25 $268.00
642205 Chasseurs a cheval, Service Dress - Trumpeter $34.25 $278.00

CONVERSION KIT - each includes extra arms and legs and builds one of the following: 

HX3010 Chasseurs a cheval, Full Dress, slung pelisse - Officer $34.25 $268.00
Chasseurs a cheval, Full Dress, slung pelisse - Std Bearer $34.25 $298.00
Chasseurs a cheval, Full Dress, slung pelisse - Trooper $34.25 $268.00
Chasseurs a cheval, Full Dress, slung pelisse - Trumpeter $34.25 $278.00

 

Historex HX3010 Series Chasseurs a cheval de la Garde

Historex Chasseurs a cheval de la Garde Soldat Painted by George Grasse

 

GARDE IMPERIALE CHEVAU-LEGERS LANCIERS

Image credit is Historex NCO Color Card 681 - 682

Note:  Series 681 represents the 1er Regiment Chevau-Legers Lanciers (Polonais) and kit HX3011 represents the 2eme Regiment Lanciers (Hollandais), the latter often referred to as the Red Lancers or Lanciers Rouge.

CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms and legs 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION - 1er REGIMENT (POLONAIS) KIT PAINTED

681001

Garde Imperiale Lanciers Polonais - Officer $34.25 $248.00

681002

Garde Imperiale Lanciers Polonais - Standard Bearer $34.25 $298.00
681004 Garde Imperiale Lanciers Polonais - Trooper $34.25 $268.00
681005 Garde Imperiale Lanciers Polonais - Trumpeter $34.25 $268.00

CONVERSION KIT - each includes extra arms and legs and builds one of the following: 

HX3011 Garde Imperiale Lanciers Hollandais (Rouge) - Officer $34.25 $248.00
Garde Imperiale Lanciers Hollandais (Rouge) - Std Bearer $34.25 $298.00
Garde Imperiale Lanciers Hollandais (Rouge) - Trooper $34.25 $268.00
Garde Imperiale Lanciers Hollandais (Rouge) - Trumpeter $34.25 $268.00

 

Historex HX3011 Series 2e Regiment de Chevau-Legers Lanciers Hollandaise (Dutch Red Lancers)

 

GARDE IMPERIALE MAMELUKES

Image credit is Historex NCO Color Card 731 - 732 - 733

Note: Series 731 are the Mamelukes of the Imperial Guard, a squadron of light cavalry attached to the Chasseurs a cheval of the Guard.  By 1808, which is the uniform depicted in this series, the original Arab members and their much more flamboyant dress had disappeared.  Series 732 is a mounted Mameluke kettledrummer. Series 733 are additional mounted Mameluke members of the regimental band.

CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms and legs 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION KIT PAINTED

731001

Garde Mamelukes, mounted - Officer $37.25 $258.00

731002

Garde Mamelukes, mounted - Standard Bearer $37.25 $308.00
731004 Garde Mamelukes, mounted  - Trooper $37.25 $278.00
731005 Garde Mamelukes, mounted - Trumpeter $37.25 $278.00
731008 Garde Mamelukes, mounted - Toug Bearer $37.25 $278.00
732000 Garde Mamelukes, mounted - Kettledrummer $37.25 $328.00
733013 Garde Mamelukes, mounted - Band Guide $37.25 $278.00
733014 Garde Mamelukes, mounted - Band Tambourine $37.25 $278.00
733015 Garde Mamelukes, mounted - Band Cymbalist $37.25 $278.00
733016 Garde Mamelukes, mounted - Band Jingling Johnnie $37.25 $278.00

 

HXH037

MAMELUKE KETTLEDRUMMER

$37.00 / $328.00

 

 

GARDE IMPERIALE ECLAIREURS

Image credit is Historex NCO Color Card 712 - 713 - 714

Note:  One of Napoleon's concerns during the Russian Campaign of 1812 and the Leipzig Campaign of 1813 was constant encounters with Russian Cossack hordes most of whom were lance-armed and rarely fought  in pitched-battle formations.  The majority of his Garde cavalry were typically employed as a tactical battlefield reserve and was not prepared to deal with the hit-and-run tactics of the Cossacks.  Napoleon's largest battlefield Garde cavalry formations were the Grenadiers, Dragons, and Chevaux-Legers (Chasseurs a cheval and Lanciers).  For each of these was created a regiment of Eclaireurs (Scouts) trained to counter the Cossacks. 

The 1st Regiment was termed the Eclaireurs-Grenadiers and assigned to the Grenadiers a cheval.  It was composed of troopers of the Old Guard (1st, 2nd, 4th companies) and troopers of the Young Guard (3rd company).  Their chief identification was the green jacket and shako.

The 2nd Regiment was termed the Eclaireurs-Dragons and assigned to the Dragons a cheval de la Imperatrice.  This regiment was composed entirely of the Young Guard.  Its chief uniform identification features was the all-green uniform and the red shako "rouleau".

The 3rd Regiment was termed the Eclaireurs-Lanciers and assigned to the Garde Lanciers.  Its squadrons were formed of Old Guard and Young Guard troopers but the identity of the  companies are not known.  Their uniform was patterned after the Polish lancers of the Guard.  They wore a Polish-styled uniform that featured a blue kurtka faced pink crimson and donned the Polish-style Czapska.  

Further, within each squadron about half the troopers were armed with the lance (front rank) and the other half with the carbine (rear rank).    Lancer carried a pistol attached to their carbine belt instead of a carbine.  Note that all French Napoleonic cavalry carried one pistol in a holster on each side of the pommel under the shabraque.  Eclaireurs regiments were not issued a standard.  Their existence was brief: raised on 29 December 1813 and disbanded on 12 May 1814.  All kits below are mounted.

CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms and legs 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION - 1er �CLAIREURS GRENADIERS KIT PAINTED

712101

1st Regiment Eclaireurs-Grenadiers, Old Guard - Officer $37.25 $248.00

712105

1st Regiment Eclaireurs-Grenadiers, Old Guard - Trumpeter $37.25 $248.00

712109

1st Regiment Eclaireurs-Grenadiers, Old Guard - Carabinier $37.25 $268.00

712110

1st Regiment Eclaireurs-Grenadiers, Old Guard - Lancier $37.25 $268.00

712201

1st Regiment Eclaireurs-Grenadiers, Young Guard - Officer $37.25 $248.00

712205

1st Regiment Eclaireurs-Grenadiers, Young Guard - Trumpeter $37.25 $248.00

712209

1st Regiment Eclaireurs-Grenadiers, Young Guard - Carabinier $37.25 $268.00

712210

1st Regiment Eclaireurs-Grenadiers, Young Guard - Lancier $37.25 $268.00

ITEM

DESCRIPTION - 2eme ECLAIREURS DRAGONS KIT PAINTED

713001

2nd Regiment Eclaireurs-Dragons, Young Guard - Officer $37.25 $248.00

713005

2nd Regiment Eclaireurs-Dragons, Young Guard - Trumpeter $37.25 $248.00

713009

2nd Regiment Eclaireurs-Dragons, Young Guard - Carabinier $37.25 $268.00

713010

2nd Regiment Eclaireurs-Dragons, Young Guard - Lancier $37.25 $268.00

ITEM

DESCRIPTION - 3eme ECLAIREURS LANCIERS KIT PAINTED

714101

3rd Regiment Eclaireurs-Lanciers, Old Guard - Officer $37.25 $248.00

714105

3rd Regiment Eclaireurs-Lanciers, Old Guard - Trumpeter $37.25 $248.00

714109

3rd Regiment Eclaireurs-Lanciers, Old Guard - Carabinier $37.25 $268.00

714110

3rd Regiment Eclaireurs-Lanciers, Old Guard - Lancier $37.25 $268.00

714201

3rd Regiment Eclaireurs-Lanciers, Young  Guard - Officer $37.25 $248.00

714205

3rd Regiment Eclaireurs-Lanciers, Young  Guard - Trumpeter $37.25 $248.00

714209

3rd Regiment Eclaireurs-Lanciers, Young  Guard - Carabinier $37.25 $268.00

714210

3rd Regiment Eclaireurs-Lanciers, Young  Guard - Lancier $37.25 $268.00

 

GARDE IMPERIALE GENDARMES D'ORDONNANCE

Image credit is Knotel, D. J. , Napoleonic Uniforms, Volume 2, John R. Elting

Note:  The Gendarmes d'Ordonnance were intended to be the formation into which wealthy not-yet serving Emigre young men could join.  They paid for all of their equipment including the horse.  It was apparently never formed as a regiment but consisted of five cavalry companies and one foot company.  There duties were primarily ceremonial and as guards to the Emperor in the field.  They were formed in 1806, attached as members of the Old Guard in the Imperial Guard, but disbanded after the Polish campaign of 1807.   They were not issued a standard.  All figures are mounted.

CONVERSION KITS - each kit includes extra arms.  Figures are in full dress, mounted.

ITEM

DESCRIPTION KIT PAINTED

674001

Gendarmes d'Ordonnance, Full Dress Mounted - Officer $37.25 $248.00

674004

Gendarmes d'Ordonnance, Full Dress Mounted - Trumpeter $37.25 $248.00

674005

Gendarmes d'Ordonnance, Full Dress Mounted - Trooper $37.25 $268.00

 

674005

GENDARMES D'ORDONNANCE TROOPER PAINTED BY GEORGE GRASSE

Kit $37.00 / Painted $268.00

 

GARDE IMP�RIALE GARDES D'HONNEUR

Image credit is Knotel, D. J. , Napoleonic Uniforms, Volume 2, John R. Elting

Note:  In another attempt at the enticement of wealthy young men from the gentry and middle class into the military, Napoleon formed another corps of cavalry attached to the Imperial Guard.   There were four regiments created on 3 April 1813 termed "Gardes d'Honneur" and, judging from their nickname of "the hostages", were somehow compelled to join.  As a sort of reward, they were attached to the Imperial Guard but the Old Guard referred to them as the "garde douleur" meaning the "woeful guard". 

The four regiments were quite large supposedly having as many as ten squadrons each of two companies each of about 60+ men.  They were each commanded by a well-known, highly regarded general officer, not unusual for an Imperial Guard unit.  They were clothed exactly alike and the only was to distinguish one regiment from another was the color at the tip of the plume.  The following information shows for each regiment the guard cavalry regiment to which they were attached, the general officer commanding, and their distinguishing plume color.

The 1st Regiment was attached to the Guard Chasseurs a cheval, was commanded by General Pully, and had a red-tipped plume.  The 2nd Regiment was attached to the Guard Dragoons, was commanded by General Comte Lepic, and had a blue-tipped plume.  The 3rd Regiment was attached to the Guard Grenadiers a cheval, was commanded by General Comte de Sgur, and had a yellow-tipped plume.  The 4th Regiment was attached to the Guard Chevau-Legers Lanciers, was commanded by General St. Sulpice, and had a white-tipped plume.

CONVERSION KITS - each includes extra arms .  Figures are in full dress,  mounted, with slung pelisse. 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION KIT PAINTED

675001

Gardes d'Honneur in Full Dress, Mounted - Officer $37.25 $263.00

675002

Gardes d'Honneur in Full Dress, Mounted - Standard Bearer $37.25 $313.00

675004

Gardes d'Honneur in Full Dress, Mounted - Trooper $37.25 $283.00

675005

Gardes d'Honneur in Full Dress, Mounted - Trumpeter $37.25 $263.00

 

 

CHEVAU-LEGERS LANCIERS DE BERG

Image credit is Historex NCO Color Car 742

From Napoleonic Uniforms, Volume 2, Imperial Guard section, plate 152, John Elting says, "Napoleon never included them (the Lancers of Berg) in his ranking of Guard regiments".  They are not listed as a guard regiment in Digby Smith's Napoleon's Regiments.   Were they in the Guard or just attached to the Guard?

Joachim Murat became Duke of the Grand Duchy of Cleve-Berg in 1806.  As a member of the Confederation of the Rhine, the Duchy was levied to furnish an mixed-armed force of 5,000 men.  He immediately set about creating units which included a Regiment of Hussars, first in a succession of names that eventually resulted in late 1809 of a lance-armed regiment termed the Chevau-Legers Lanciers de Berg.

They were thus equipped because their first deployment was attached to the Provisional Guard Division Napoleon sent to Spain.  Emir Bukhari in his Osprey Men-at-Arms booklet, Napoleon's Guard Cavalry, says (on page 26) that this regiment was admitted to the Guard.  They fought well in Spain during the period 1810-1811 but curiously, when the Provisional Guard Division was returned to France in 1811, Elting says that, except for a small cadre that was sent back as a nucleus for a 2nd Lancers of Berg, the regiment remained behind in Spain.  When Napoleon's campaign of 1813 collapsed, so did the Confederation of the Rhine.  By then, Murat was King of Naples and the two Berg lancer regiments transferred to Prussian service.

CONVERSION KITS - each kit includes extra arms.  Figures are in full dress, mounted.  There were uniform changes in 1812 so two sets of kits are offered.

ITEM

DESCRIPTION - LANCIERS DE BERG 1809 - 1812 KIT PAINTED

742101

Lanciers de Berg, 1809 - 1812, Mounted - Officer $37.25 $248.00

742104

Lanciers de Berg, 1809 - 1812, Mounted - Trooper $37.25 $268.00

742105

Lanciers de Berg, 1809 - 1812, Mounted - Trumpeter $37.25 $258.00

ITEM

DESCRIPTION - LANCIERS DE BERG 1812 - 1813 KIT PAINTED

742201

Lanciers de Berg, 1812 - 1813, Mounted - Officer $37.25 $248.00

742204

Lanciers de Berg, 1812 - 1813, Mounted - Trooper $37.25 $268.00

742205

Lanciers de Berg, 1809 - 1812, Mounted - Trumpeter $37.25 $258.00

 

 

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