Unlike the 1st Regiment, the history of the 2nd regiment of Imperial Guard Grenadiers is somewhat convoluted! A second regiment of Grenadiers of the Guard was initially raised on April 15, 1806, but it was absorbed back into the first regiment in 1809. A new 2nd Regiment was raised from the Dutch Royal Guard on September 13, 1810 as a consequence of the amalgamation of the Kingdom of Holland with France. On May 11, 1811, however, the Dutch Grenadiers were re-numbered as the 3rd Regiment, and a new (French) 2nd Grenadier regiment was again raised. Disbanded after Napoleon's first abdication in 1814, the 2nd regiment was raised again for the last time on May 9, 1815. It was dissolved for the third and final time on September 24, 1815.
This picture shows the officer's distinctions well - gold cords on the bearskins, gold epaulets, gold buttons. Note also the red and gold bandoleer for supporting the Eagle. Like the 2nd Chasseurs posted last month, these are 28mm Essex figures.
This shot shows the gold piping on the collar, cuffs, lapels and turnbacks of the drummer, and the red mixed with gold cords and epaulets of the NCO.
I used a wash of CC Wedgewood to bring out the details in the breeches and the lapels; also dry brushing of the red plumes and epaulet with CC Adobe Red, and the bearskins with CC Hippo Grey to bring out some of the details there as well.
This rear view shows the white grenade emblems on the "patch" of the Grenadier's bearskins well, and also the "aurore" grenade ornaments on the red turnbacks. The Grenadiers are reaching into their cartridge boxes, and preparing to load their muskets. "What has it got in its nasty, little pocket-etses?" A rather unusual pose, but I think the unit came out looking well.
This 2nd Regiment of Grenadiers a Pied of the Imperial Guard completes the last of the new units I need for my Montmirail games at Historicon in 2 weeks. Now if I can just get my workhorse Epson CX6600 Printer/Scanner/Copier/Card Reader to work with Windows 8.1, I can print out their flags and the Grognards will be ready to appear upon the field of honor. If not, I may have to hook it up to my old Windows XP machine again!
La Marche Des Bonnets À Poils
*The* March of the Old Guard!