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Dear Crimean War afficionados
The box art has quite a few mistakes not the least being these are the Rifle Brigade who were part of the Light Division ( which was called light but the Rifles were the only light part of it). The Rifle Brigade played a very active part in the Battle of the Alma especially and literally the Alma river itself so are quite justified.
Therefore if they are supposed to be the Rifle Brigade how many mistakes can you spot? I can list at least 13 different ones. Here are two for starters
1. Rifle slings should be black
2. Corporal stripes should be dark green and outlined in black (not even counting that as two)
if you get
5 you are worthy
7 you deserve three green stripes properly outlined in black
10 you must be an ex member of the Rifle Brigade or a Sean Bean look a like.
12+ I take off my Albert shako to you
my source is primarily Military Illustrated April/May 1987, the British Light Division at the Alma - Michael Barthorp.
Not counting it as a mistake but the cartridge pouch was normally in the small of the back. Fortunately the figures themselves have few of the mistakes. The haversack could be either side and was a bit empty at this stage but for the Rifle Brigade this would be black as well.
hi professori, yes i saw a couple mistake but then i think.must be hard to cordinate fgures box artist artwork and cost also to juggle.then the thing red line after all that work was only superfical.but still must upset the strelets people who try hard for us.
i admit to be jealous turks are no box for teh identity and time share with 3 old set.
but teh small box helped for internazionale shipping keep weight and size down.that good save me price of a few camels.
i like the pompom hat like french but not seen on teh box.i was hoping for a hole set of them.head swap look good on regular foot.
i feel lost without fez
JANITOR helpe dme 20 minute ago that nice.i think sone guy not like new forum display but its okay
i used to it.Is fine.
Yes I said the figures are not too bad but human beings when they see something printed full colour believe it must be right even though others may say it is not right.
1. The shako badge should be a black hunting horn with a cockade (concentric circles) in black to hold the ball tuft
2. the Albert shako should not have chains on it
3. No white edging on the the shoulder straps or cuffs
4. Cuffs are plain not pointed
5. the cuffs have three black buttons on them roughly in line with the thumbs
6. The coatee is double breasted like the Guards
7. the buttons should be black
8. Black Crescents missing off the shoulders
9. Backpack wrong for the Alma
10. ball tuft should be black, green was for light companies though the black and green would be hard to distinguish at this scale
11. Albert shako should have a "peak" at the back
12. should have a "snake" belt buckle not usually blackened so very prominent
13. cap pouch missing off the belt
Some things are hard to see are a bit whimsical like the non regulation sideburns. The sword bayonet maybe The collar should be a Prussian collar which means there is not a "V" at the front. Rifle brigade officers often wore a pelisse again those who watch Sharpe or know their Rifle Brigade uniforms will know this. Italeri do a nice officer figure but with the wrong headgear.
BTW the box art has some things that were true for other periods eg white edging on the cuffs and shoulder straps OK for our Napoleonic fans.
Apart from the fact that the Rifles didn't carry colours, the flag in the illustration is terrible anyway - blue far too light, and no understanding whatever of the proportions of the white sections...
Hey janotor you hobby big shot,please you ask you friend mr david bravenet forum maker for me how much he want$ to give me back my fez.
i am having personality disorder again you send him this as my head get cold without head so life is bad with inspiration low i need my fez ,please.These emotor cons are for children not scholastic academicals from Alexandria and Saint Cyr like ourselves.
Proffessori is king of forum he analyse the light riflemen data and observe pinpoint anomoly to polite presentation.
Hi David, I take it from your message that this set can also be used for the Rifles of Napoleonic wars??
I was not greatly impressed by the Italeri set, the old Revell set is great, however I like lots of different poses and if this can be used for the Peninsular then I will be in for a few boxes.
cheers Mike McA