Trooper, 17th LancersCrimea, 1854
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Sculpture: Eduard Pérez
Painting: Jaume Ortiz
Number of parts of the kit: 9
Scale: 54 mm
WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BUYING THIS FIGURE:
– The characteristic sculpting style of Eduard Pérez perfectly captures the feel of the XIX century and the Crimean War in this new 54 mm figure that will be a nice addition for collectors.
– The dramatic pose perfectly captures the aftermath of the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade!
– Our signature resin quality allows you to get the figure clean and ready in almost no time, so you may invest your precious free time in what really matters: painting and having fun.
“Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.“
The Charge of the Light Brigade. Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Battle of Balaclava, an important combat action that happened in 1854, during the Crimean War, is one of those epic moments in British military history that has inspired countless remembrances and also a few controversies.
That day, the episode known in a popular way as “The Thin Red Line”, where a firing line of the 93rd Highlanders successfully repelled a Russian cavalry charge, would have already been the highlight of the battle, if it wasn’t for the disastrously failed charge led by the British Cavalry Light Brigade, composed of the 8th and 11th Hussars, the 4th and 13th Light Dragoons and the 17th Lancers.
The Light Brigade was supposed to capture certain gun battery to prevent the Russians taking it away but, due to a mistake in the communications of the orders, it was sent in a frontal assault
towards a different gun battery, which was properly manned and ready to defend the position. The 600 members of the Brigade rode through a narrow valley towards the Russian positions, sustaining really heavy casualties due to the direct fire of the enemy. They managed to reach the battery but were forced to retreat immediately, most of their men dismounted and wounded.
Until today, there is a lot of discussion about who was really responsible for the communications problem that caused the charge. Most of the blame falls in Captain Morris, who was the officer who actually transmitted the order to Lord Lucan. He was the first casualty of the charge when a Russian shell exploded directly in front of his mount.
Our miniature depicts a dismounted trooper of the 17th Lancers, fighting fiercely for the control of the Russian position.