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Chasseurs, literally huntsmen in French, were originally formed as light infantry and cavalry.
The infantry designated as Chasseurs a Pied, for foot soldiers, and the light cavalry designated Chasseurs a Cheval, for horse soldiers. This color sergeant is an adaptation of figure number 18 on plate #44 of AE Haswell Miller’s book “Vanished Armies” which has been the inspiration for many of the toy soldiers depicted in this account. With riding breeches, tall Kepi hat, nearly knee length jack boots and sky blue tunic, this soldier seems to ride from the pages of French Colonial North Africa. These light cavalry could perform multiple functions for the command, from screening infantry movements to long range reconnaissance and harassing retreating enemy units, they were extremely valuable assets to French field operations. As elite troopers they enjoyed preferential treatment and honor in the French armed forces.

Reverse view

This figure is completely scratch built. The tunic, riding breeches base and head were carved from 2-part epoxy resin. From those carved masters, Old Glory Figure company made rubber molds and cast the different pieces in pewter. The different parts are then assembled, primed and painted for display. These castings were purposefully designed to depict the many different figures from the “Vanished Armies” plates. By using various scratch-built arms, bodies, heads and legs with bases, and adding in various home cast arms and specific purchased items,such as this flag, the variation is complete. This was a method to reproduce the variety of soldiers from many countries depicted in the book. The time and talent required to carve masters for molds really gives an appreciation for the artists and professionals who create these on a regular basis.

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