HäT 8013 Napoleonic

French Horse Grenadiers

Figurines HaT 8013 Grenadiers à cheval français - 1/72 - Napoleonic French Horse Grenadiers

 

1/72e - 12 figurines + 12 chevaux.

 

Dès 1996, notre société (Mycroft's brother) a pris contact avec le créateur aux Etats-Unis et a ainsi été la première société à importer la production Hät en France avec un contrat d'exclusivité pour plusieurs années.

Nous avons encore quelques boîtes de cette référence.

 

  • Date Released 1998

  • Contents 12 mounted figures and 12 horses

  • Poses 4 poses, 2 horse poses

  • Material Plastic (Medium)

  • Colours Grey

  • Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

 

Review from Plastic Soldier Review

 

The senior cavalry regiment of Napoleon's Imperial Guard, and therefore of the whole French army, was the Grenadiers … Cheval, or Horse Grenadiers. Conceived as a mounted version of the foot Grenadiers, only the tallest and best recruits were permitted to join this elite unit, and this set from HäT portrays them in all their glory. 

 

The four poses are well chosen and nicely poised with plenty of life and natural-looking stances. Sadly only four poses means there is no room for officers or trumpeters, but the troopers are excellent. 

 

The uniform of the Horse Grenadiers closely resembled that of their dismounted comrades, with the tall bearskin grenadier cap being the most distinguishing element. That uniform has been perfectly reproduced here, with all the right elements in place including the aiguillette on the right shoulder. The very tall bearskin is somewhat taller than the regulation, but reflects the exaggerated height actually worn during the period. The single crossbelt supports a cartridge pouch, though the men do not have carbines. In fact they were issued with full infantry muskets, but nearly all contemporary depictions of them fail to show these firearms so it seems very unlikely that most men carried them. HäT have cleverly accommodated this by providing every man with a separate musket so they can be added by the customer if desired. 

 

The two horses are very well done, with better poses than many others on the market. The horse furniture is correctly sculpted and these are fine looking animals. 

 

After Napoleon abdicated in 1814 the Grenadiers … Cheval were made into Royal cuirassiers, but had not received their armour when Napoleon returned the following year. For the Waterloo campaign, then, these men wore the cuirassier habit-veste or the plain surtout, which really makes these figures suitable for the pre-1815 period. 

 

Once again HäT has expanded the hobby with a set of figures that saw important action in many campaigns. The standard of sculpting is very good, with genuinely realistic positions and clear detail throughout. This is a nice set of cavalry figures, and it is just a pity that there are only four poses.