This figure is completely scratch built and depicts a private in parade dress from a district rifle regiment from the German state of Saxony. This uniform is from plate 41 of the book ‘Vanished Armies’. These uniforms were worn right up to the point of the First World War when all of the German forces went to campaign field gray uniforms. This figure is standing at ease with his rifle.
The field Green uniforms of rifle companies date back to the wars of Napoleon where rifle regiments skirmished ahead of the line regiments in a no-man’s land of scouting, harassing and gaining strategic advantage. The Green coats distinguished these long range special duty regiments from the standard, or line regiment counterparts in the infantry.