Blücher at Leipzig, 1813

del Prado 1:30 Scale Figur Review

Fieldmarshal von Blücher at Leipzig, 1813 – 1:30 Miniature del Prado

On 26 February 1813, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, aged 71, was given command of the Silesian Army which consisted of the Prussian 1. Corps (Yorck) and Russian troops under generals Langeron and Sacken. From 16 to 19 October 1813 the Silesian Army fought at the Battle of Nations at Leipzig alongside other allied contingents. Napoleon was defeated at Leipzig and compelled to retreat toward the Rhine river. On the first day of the New Year 1814 Blücher's Rhine-Crossing at Kaub breached the Rhine river defenses and the allied armies continued their advance on Paris. Napoleon abdicated in April of 1814, following the allied occupation of Paris at the end of March.

Evaluation

Horse and rider are nicely sculpted and correctly proportioned.

Blücher's horse is 171 cm tall, comparable in size to a heavy cavalry mount which could be anywhere from 157 to 179 cm tall. Prussian Kürassier horses were 166 cm tall on average.

The 16-page Osprey booklet which comes with the figure includes several colour illustrations. The text describes Blücher's military carreer from a 15-year old hussar lieutenant in Swedish service to General-Fieldmarshall of the Prussian army.

Excellent value for money: Blücher costs only 4.95 €.

Compatible with 1:30 scale King & Country military and civilian miniatures.

The Osprey booklet shows Blücher wearing a grey military greatcoat with grey cape, but the figure is wearing a darkblue greatcoat with grey cape.

The manufacturer, del Prado, offers this 1:30 figure at a very competitive price. Generalfeldmarschall von Blücher advertises the newly released del Prado series "Cavalry of the Napoleonic Wars". Being an old husar, Blücher probably would have appreciated the honor.

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