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54mm
Royal Marines - 1805
Royal Marines Private - 1805
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

about the figure

First formed as a an official force in 1755, the Royal Marines were granted their royal status in 1802 and went on to find glory and honour serving all across the globe. Although essentially soldiers at sea, they differed greatly from both the sailors with whom they served and the line infantry whom they resembled. Unlike the majority of sailors serving in the Royal Navy, they were all volunteers. They were offered generous bounties to sign up, then sent to one of a number of training camps around Britain where they were drilled and trained like soldiers. When a new Navy vessel was about to put to sea, the Captain of the ship would apply to the Marines and a number would be sent to serve. The exact number was based on the size of the ship. Marines only served on vessels with a crew above fifty, and normally made up about one sixth or seventh of the total crew.
Aboard their ships, Royal Marines usually lived in the decks in an area situated between the sailors and the officers, forming a natural buffer zone. The primary duty of the marines was to act as the ship's police force. To enforce the Captain’s orders and to guard key areas such as the Captain’s quarters, the weapons locker, and the alcohol store. The Marines were also present to prevent the most serious crime, mutiny. However most mutinies were more like industrial strikes and normally not violent affairs. In most cases of mutiny during the era, the Marines took little or no part. It is perhaps worth mentioning that the most famous mutinous ship HMS Bounty was too small to carry a contingent of Marines.
During the major ship actions of the era, such as the battle of Trafalgar, Marines had a key part to play. During battle, Marines often manned several of the ships guns, continued to guard key ship locations, and were often sent up into the rigging to snipe at enemy crewman and to toss grenades. Marines usually did not take part in boarding actions – this confusing melee was often better left to the sure-footed sailors.
The equipment of a Royal Marine was very similar to a soldier of the line. He wore a similar uniform, although the Marines retained the round top-hat long after it was abandoned by the army. Marines were equipped with a musket that was very similar, although a few inches shorter than the one issued to the army. The musket and the attachable bayonet were the Marine’s primary weapon.

box

The figure comes in 125 x 85 x 30 mm.standard Romeo Models light blue cardboard box. The front cover shows a photo of the figure painted by Francesco Sapienza from 2 different angles – front view for uniform details and back view for the for the details of personal gear.
The kit includes a small certificate with the product code that you can ask for the missing or damaged parts from the company.
Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and figure base is placed under the polyfoam not to damage the figure parts.
parts

The figure is sculpted by Maurizio Bruno and made up of 8 white metal parts. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. There is not much need for a serious clean up, filling or sanding. A fast clean of slightly visible vertical seamlines and brushing using a metal brush and washing will make it ready for priming.

The main part is Torso with legs. He wears Royal Marine Jacket which is slightly different than the traditional bright red wool jacket of the English Army regiments -Coatee jackets. This jacket has a line of eight buttons set in pairs down the front and 8 loops of lace between buttons. It has a short stand-up collar decorated with simple white piping. These jackets were made of English wool and were always vested with brass buttons. These coats had exceptionally short waists for an English military jacket and featured plain black epaulets with the same inch-wide white piping that decorated the collar. The jackets were instituted in the War of 1812 and lasted until the mid-1850s. He has white leather cross belts/bandoliers which is specific to Marines. One of the bandoliers on the figure is covered with blanket crossed on left shoulder . Strap of the water bottle is also sculpted on this part. He wears high-waisted and pocketless trousers with upfolded trotters. As for the footgear; he has short gaiters with 6 buttons on the outer side worn over his leather shoes. Details of the uniform, cloth folds, straps and tail of his hair over the collar are well defined.
Other parts are;
  • Head : Facial details, whiskers and hair are well defined. He wears a tall top hat or round hat with a white hat band, two tapes or loopings going from the sides of the brim to the top of the hat, a black leather round cockade with a small metal button with a RM symbol at its centre. A wool tuft is inserted to this part which is given as a seperate part in this kit.
  • Right arm : Posed to put his arm on top of the barrel of rifle. It shows nice cloth folds and details of the wide cuff and epaulet are well defined.
  • Left arm : Posed to put his arm on top of the barrel of rifle. Both hands are cast in this piece. Nice cloth folds and uniform details.
  • Rifle : He carries a British (2nd Model) Short Land Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket. Firing mechanism parts like trigger, corn, lock, hammer are covered with a cloth piece and secured with ropes in both sides. The gunstrap is sculpted on the rifle.
  • Tuft : Royal Marines carry a wool tuft on the left side of the top of their hats. The color of tuft , brim and side tapes show the soldier’s class. Battalion Company -white brim edge, black brim supports, white feather on red background, Grenadier Company - black brim edge, white brim supports, white feather, Light Infantry Company - black brim edge, white brim supports, dark green feather as shown on the boxart.
  • Cartridge box : He carries a black leather cartridge box with a metal Royal marines badge on the right back. The badge is a brass 8 point rayed star with a raised domed centre, bearing the Royal Marine motto. The details are very well defined on this part.
  • Personal gear : Bayonet in scabbard, haversack and water bottle are cast together and given as a single piece. It makes a good fit to the straps on the body part. Water bottle is a wooden one painted in light blue- grey with metal edges and leather strap. Woode texture is well defined.
  • Figure base :A standard small base with nice ground texture.
    Conclusion

    A nice figure for Napoleonic series figure painters with the usual great sculpt of Maurizio Bruno and high quality cast of Romeo Models.

    Very highly recommended
  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Nice sculpt and cast.
    Lows: No lows for this product.
    Verdict: A nice figure for Napoleonic era painters.
    Percentage Rating
    92%
      Scale: 54mm
      Mfg. ID: RM-54-098
      Suggested Retail: 26.00EUR
      Related Link: Product Page
      PUBLISHED: Dec 19, 2010
      NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.18%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)
    FROM: IZMIR, TURKEY / TüRKçE

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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    Comments

    Thanks for the review, Brother It appears this guy is dressed for shore duty given the bedroll and haversack? Which makes it almost a pity really as I'll bet he'd look better in his natural environment about a ship. Oh well, nice looking figure nonetheless. Rudi
    DEC 19, 2010 - 09:52 AM
       

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