Bavarian Chevaulegers, 1805–1815
Hinton Hunt 1:72 Scale Figure Review
A bugler of the Bavarian 5. Chevaulegers-Regiment Leiningen charging towards the enemy. Buglers had a red plume on the Raupenhelm, officers and men wore white plumes. These miniatures are mounted on a 76 × 76 mm Volley & Bayonet brigade stand, representing a cavalry brigade of 1000 to 1500 men. There are four identical one-piece cavalry castings in each box of Hinton Hunt figures offered by David A. Clayton of Kennesaw, Georgia, or twelve castings in a battalion bag. The figures may be painted as troopers and buglers, although a bugle will have to be scratch-built. Officers and senior NCOs were distinguished by noticeably larger caterpillar crests on their helmets.
- 12 riders in 1 pose – 24 mm equal 173 cm Height
- 12 horses in 1 pose – 21 mm equal 15 hands
- Chevauleger trooper charging
Excellent choice of subject, the Bavarian Chevaulegers fought at Eckmühl, Aspern-Essling, Borodino, and Hanau, and they will be popular with wargamers interested in raising a Bavarian army.
Suitable wargame pose. The charging Chevauleger is in a typical attacking pose which can be used to fill the ranks of a wargame unit. Modellers may want to enlarge the crest of the Raupenhelm to create an officer figure. A standard-bearer is not needed, because Bavarian Chevauleger regiments carried no flags on campaign.
One-piece cavalry castings require no assembly, they are more robust, and easier to paint than separte horse and rider models. However, they are more difficult to convert, because the rider cannot simply be mounted on a different horse.
Compatible with 1:72 scale Revell, HaT Industrie, Italeri, and Zvezda miniatures.
Some flash needs to be removed prior to painting.
The horse’s gait looks a little stiff and unnatural. Revell’s Swedish Cavalry of the Thirty Years’ War established the industry standard for horse poses, which has not been surpassed by other manufacturers.
- Bavarian Chevaulegers, 1805–1815
- Baden Light Dragoons, 1803–1815
- Bavarian Dragoons, 1805–1811
Hinton Hunt’s Bavarian Chevaulegers are a must-have for wargamers and diorama builders interested in the Napoleonic Wars. The figures may be painted as Bavarian Chevaulegers or Dragoons, although a standard-bearer would be needed for the latter. If Volley & Bayonet rules are used, 10 Chevauleger figures will be enough to raise the 1st and 2nd Cavalry Brigades of the Bavarian VI Corps of the Grande Armée.
- Haythornthwaite, Philip: Uniforms of 1812, Plate 34
- Knötel-Sieg: Handbuch der Uniformkunde, pp. 58-61
- Pivka, Otto von: Napoleon’s German Allies (4): Bavaria (Lond. 1980)