Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Carabiniers (2)


This is another photo I rediscovered while looking through an achive folder of photos. It was taken during The Battle of the Crossroads back in 2010 and shows my squadron of French Carabiniers in full charge.

Hinton Hunt produced two different Carabinier figures; a one-piece casting FN106 and a two-piece casting FN311. This unit utilises both figure types.

Regular followers of this blog will know that I have a bit of a soft spot for the older one-piece castings initially produced by Marcus Hinton. The two-piece models produced later are of course nicer sculpts but there's just something about the first issue figures that appeals to me.

11 comments:

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

IN any case, one of the more handsome, even fetching, Napoleonic heavy cavalry uniforms out there. Your carabiniers almost make me want to try my hand at late Napoleonics again. Anytime you want to share some more photos of these. . .

Best Regards,

Stokes

DeanM said...

Excellent brushwork on these vintage guys.

Stryker said...

Thanks chaps!

Stokes - perhaps a Napoleonic vignette along the lines of your SYW ones? Go on - just one won't hurt!

'Lee. said...

Beautiful unit!

Markus Schenk said...

nice models..

lewisgunner said...

They are indeed lovely and have those comic opera uniforms. Its one of those units we all have and, having acquired some I was surprised to find that they do not really tight that often, being more of a guard cuirassier unit.
The great advantage of the all in one figures was that they had a touch of action about them, whereas the two piece castings are much more staid, especially with only one horse pose available.
Roy

James Fisher, FINS said...

Beautiful Ian, especially the blue. I'm always divided as to whether I prefer the original carabinier uniform or this 'fireman' one. I think it comes down to whichever one I am looking at at the time. And you?

Stryker said...

Thanks James - to be honest I've only ever seen this style of Carabinier uniform - what is the original like?

James Fisher, FINS said...

They were basically grenadiers a cheval with blue coats and red facings (incl. lapels) and a bearskin without a plate. I think the early uniform is my favourite... this morning at least!
This plate shows the two together:
http://www.grosser-generalstab.de/lh/lh2/lh2_15.html

Stryker said...

It's nice James but with no red crest or brass breast plate it can't really be the winner can it?

James Fisher, FINS said...

It's the bearskins. For me they trump the cuirasses, I guess! Happy to have either (or both) though!