Dated: December 6th, 2006, updated December 11, 2006.
1806 Prussian elites test shots.
By Sander van Straeten of the Netherlands.
This set contains 4 jaegers poses. The jaegers are elite troops and are distinguished by their green tunics, easy access ammunition pouches, plumes, aiguilettes and of course rifles. The plumes and aiguilletes reflect their elite status; their green tunics, ammo pouches and rifles reflect only functionality.
Napoleonic skirmishers were deployed in pairs for safety; as the rifle took longer to load, one skirmisher would be firing and the other loading. HaT skirmishers always come in pairs, one in a firing position and the other in a defensive or loading position for additional historical authenticity.
Hornist for the Prussian fusiliers
Drummers are for line infantry as hornists or buglers are for...... light infantry. The hornist is distinguished by his swallows nest wings and...... his horn. He is an elite member and is stationed near the officer to pass on commands aurally. The sharper and higher notes of the horn can be clearly heard over the battlefield - necessary as the skirmishers were usually scattered.
The sharpshooters or schuetzen were members of the line infantry, hence their blue uniforms. But they were elite soldiers and carried trappings of their elite status including plumes and swords knots. These sharpshooters carried rifles and a shooting stick for a steadier aim. Both HaT figures are in a kneeling position. Their personal musician was a bugler (not included).
The command group.
NCO: Clearly seen on this man are the 3 distinguishing marks of his rank and the means of making his displeasure known: his kurzgewehr or pike, his hitting stick or cane and his haughty demeanour. This man is sorely needed to keep the troops of 8083 in a fine fettle.
Standard Bearer: Only the musketeers carried a flag. Flag comes separate so your own flag can be attached.
Drummer: Accompanied the line infantry. This elite member has swallows nest wings and abundant lace on his arms. His musical instrument was a metronome which provided march time as well as fear in the hearts of their opponents.
Many thanks to Mr. Sander van Straeten (Netherlands).
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