got these fur-hatted cavalry figures wearing cuirasses in a bulk
deal recently. To ensure a variety of uniform colours in my army,
I was determined that these figures would wear white coats. Out
of the limited number of French units that wore white coats and
fur hats, I decided on this Wurtemberg Cavalry Regiment, a German
unit in French pay.
The Cuirassiers du Roi were the only French cavalry to wear front
and back plates (as depicted on these figures), but I already had
a unit of them. Other cavalry, such as the Wurtemberg regiment,
were issued with front plates only, but apparently seldom wore them.
Therefore I painstakingly filed off the back plates of each figure.
The front plates were too difficult to remove, so I decided this
was going to be one of those "seldom" occasions when their
plates would be worn! Even this is not strictly correct, as the
cuirass was worn under the coat, not on top. But this is
the best I could do with the figures available.
flag posed another problem, as I could not find any pictures of
the real flag. In the end I made up a design based on a written
description in the publication by Pengel and Hurt. I even managed
to add a white cravat - it is made from toilet paper!