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Private of the 2e Hussard in 1870 campaign outfit by ManuLaCanette Private of the 2e Hussard in 1870 campaign outfit by ManuLaCanette
Made for historical Eagles of Empire miniatures range (all rights given). Link to the official website: [url]www.eaglesofempire.com/[/url]. Link to the forum: [url]blackpowdergames.blogspot.fr/[…

As the title says, it represents a private soldier from the 2e Hussard (light cavalry) in the actual 1870 campaigning uniform, as they must have took the field. The sabretaches were left at the depots and soldiers would've worn the great coat upon the shoulder and a fur hat (or in some occasions a képi to the regimental colours). 

The saber is the 1822 light cavalry blade that equiped the french cavalry for a very long time. 
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never liked baggy pants on Hussars. We had such pants here as well, but i think a Hussar looks best in his tight uniform.
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ManuLaCanette Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed! I don't like that much French imperial cavalry uniforms from that era, but yeah, it was the fashion back then!
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't say that i have the best knowledge of 1870's French cavalry uniforms, but baggy pants should not be in the army :D
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ManuLaCanette Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, well basically the baggy pants was in every arm in the French army around that time, the baggiest uniform still being the zouaves. But many armies copied that style, you could find baggy pants or zouaves pants in many Western armies. The US army took many fashion aspects from France for instance, mostly during the Civil War.
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes i know about the zouaves, i believe they even sent troops in zouaves uniform to the front in the beginning of world war I.
Generally i like French uniforms, but the baggy pants of the late 1800's and the infantry coat that was used in WWI i really don't like. I love the Kepi though!
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Is his rifle a chassepot?
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ManuLaCanette Featured By Owner Edited Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Here, it is designed to reflect an old 1859 cavalry carbine (the percussion system could've been replaced, or not). But you're right, most of the French cavalry by the beginning of the war was equipped with one of the cavalry variants of the Chassepot infantry rifle, the model 1866. One was made especially for the African cavalry units (a longer pattern), and a shorter pattern was made for the Cavalry and Gendarmes. The only change towards what you see upon this artwork would be the size of the ramming rod (baguette, acutally a maintenance, cleaning object). The overall design remain quite close to the ancient Charleville elegant look. 
But yeah, some French units went to war in 1870 being quite ill-prepared, partially equiped, or clothed (no winter clothing). At this time the percussion rifles made a small come back because the breachloaders take over wasn't totally complete by 1870, and many Chassepot rifles were lost to the Germans as they advanced. That's why some French units coming further during the war (like some Gardes Mobiles or the irregulars Francs-Tireurs) used percussion systems, old tabatière rifles, or bought weapons from the US (like Spencers or handguns like Colts or Remingtons).
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Cyratis Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
The cavalry, some of the manliest of men...
Of course manliness doesn't stop bullets but hey what are you gonna do?
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