I have already painted the Chasseurs a Cheval of the Garde, but wanted to add figures for the Escort Squadron. Once again, Art Miniaturen have come up with some outstanding figures.
Despite this being perhaps the best known uniform of any Napoleonic regiment, I've always found one aspect enigmatic: an objective understanding of the colour 'Aurore'. Too often, this is shown as a yellow, perhaps because the officers wore gold (see portrait below).
|Officer of the Chasseurs a Cheval in full dress|
But when the real uniform is examined, Aurore seems a very different colour. Even allowing for changes brought about by the ageing process, the colour of the frogging on the dolman and the edging along the shabraque is much closer to orange-red than yellow. The frogging on the pelisse also looks a different colour to me but I'd accept that it has darkened up from its original orange-yellow.
|This trooper's frogging looks more like an officer's.|
|These Art Miniaturen are a mixture of converted Russian hussars looking distinctly exhausted and the new AM figures. The Napoleon is Hinton Hunt. They should be wearing just their dolmans, but I've converted them to the more colourful pelisses.|
|The officer is a Kamar Prince of Orange, re-purposed.|
|Detail of an officer's pelisse|
|This Marc Claus figure reprises the famous Gericault portrait of Lt Dieudonne, killed in Russia.|
|An early version of the same subject|
|The trumpeter is Lamming, an S Range officer is behind|
|The full regiment behind|