January 4, 2015

OPEN BOX - English Grenadier - 18th Foot - 1751


SUBJECT

English Grenadier - 18th Foot -1751
Romeo Models - Ref. RM75-13
75 mm - Metal
Sculpted by Maurizio Bruno
Box art painted by Danilo Cartacci



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MY PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS

This representation of a grenadier of the famous 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot is one of my favorite miniatures in my grey army. Both sculptor Maurizio Bruno and Romeo Models did an extremely fine job. Detail and casting quality is top and you will not be disappointed in buying this figurine if you are hooked on the British 18th century armies.

It was in 1751 that the Royal Irish Regiment was officially re-numbered and titled as the 18th Royal Irish Regiment of foot. Being raised in April 1684, by 1751 the regiment had already gained a good reputation in many conflicts and different theatres of war. As from 1754 the regiment was prepared and strenghtened for the Seven Years' war finally arriving in Philadelphia in North America in 1767. During the next decade its officers and men saw action at Concord, Lexington, Bunker Hill and Boston before being send back to England in 1776 to remuster.

As it seems the distinctive mitre cap that is worn by our miniature was abolished by army regulations in 1768 and replaced by fur caps. However, since the 18th Royal Irish Regiment of Foot had already arrived in North America a year earlier, it is very well possible that the unit still retained their old, but beautiful mitre caps.

All this to say that the figurine can be placed in a typical Seven Years' War setting, as there are seemingly no decisive accounts to question the use of the mitre cap by the 18th Royal Irish Regiment of Foot, during its North American adventure.


BOX ART PHOTOS

© Romeo Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci

© Romeo Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci

© Romeo Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci

© Romeo Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci

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