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I just arrive on a Russian speaking website (i cannot speak Russian) and I see no pictures. And I am so much willing to see them !!! How could I do ?
Please let me know
Nice figures though I share Pat Sheuck's doubts on the "musicians'" coats (see thread on set 6815 below), at least as far as the fifers are concerned.
As far as I know, in the line, fifers were still just tolerated for which reason it seems quite doubtful that they were ever issued the Imperial livery.
On the other hand, some original Imperial livery coats (and fragments thereof) have survived, which appears to justify the assumption that at least in some regiments drummers, cornets and trumpeters were actually issued such coats (though it seems highly unlikely that this had happened as early as 1812).
As far as I remember, according to Bardin, line infantry fifers were neither officially acknowledged nor officially forbidden during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era but even before had been gradually transformed into bandsmen playing a wide range of instruments. So, a bandsman's and a fifer's status should be approximately equivalent, in a way. 8 musicians per regiment were officially allowed as part of the regimental staff in 1808. However, so far, I've not seen any contemporary evidence for bandsmen (not to speak of fifers) wearing Imperial livery. Bardin's 1812 project as illustrated by Carle Vernet shows drummers, cornets and trumpeters with Imperial livery coats, but not the musicians (i.e. bandsmen) - and no fifers whatsoever.
Hence, I assume that when showing both drummer and fifer in Imperial livery, Zvezda have applied a Russian "formula" (fifers were officially acknowledged in the Russian army) to the French army. They have occasionally done so before, e.g. when equipping their standard bearer of cuirassiers with a Russian style standard bandolier. Similar items were used during the Ancien Régime and Republic but I cannot remember to have seen contemporary evidence for the Imperial period. Still, some may have been around, of course. I can't tell.
Anyway, I think I like those figures.
sets 6815,6817,6818 command sets are also illustrated
When on the French command page click on Cyrillic (blue letters)thus:
68 серия Миниатюра (72 масштаб) ( translates as series 68.. miniatures(1/72nd scale))
to go back one
and click on the relevant yellow folder
I may have to purchase a few boxes of these, due to the mysterious disappearance of Hat's 1815 French Line Infantry Command masters (8295), to replace the aforementioned Hat set! I hope that they are compatible with, the soon to be released, 1815 French Line Infantry Marching (8294) set.
Thank you Matelot for your link.
Thanks to you now I can see them, they look good !
Usual very good ZVEZDA standard.
A little remarq : they don't walk at the same coordinated pace as their infantry lad of the former French infantry set... The same goes regarding the Russian. Too bad...
Any way they look good !