by: Engin Kayral [ ]
about the figure
When Charles VII of Bourbon was recognized as King of Naples in 1738; he devoted himself to reform . He was interested both the modernization of the state and armed forces and also facilitating and favoring the inclusion of Italian public administration.
Provincial regiments were born in 1743.At first, only regular troops were performed and they were intented to be of real schools of discipline and attachment to the state. These new regiments were;
Terra di Lavoro, Capitanata, Principato Ultra, Principato Citra, Molise, Abruzzo Ultra, Abruzzo Citra, Basilicata, Terra di Otranto, Bari, Calabria Ultra, Calabria Citra, Val di Mazara, Val Demone and Val di Noto.
The Val di Noto - Noto Valley was formed in June 5th, 1754 by Colonel Prince Pietraperzia. It consisted of a battalion of 43 men with 13 companies for a total of 559 soldiers. The uniforms of the troops were generally consistent with the form given in Spanish and European in general, a frock coat, a giamberghino, knee breeches closed, tie, shirt, leggings or tights and tall black felt hat with cockade scarlet color of the House of Bourbon, natural-colored leather equipment. Our gunner, the "Val di Noto", as a blue frock coat with white lapels and cuffs, giamberghino white, blue pants, tall white spats, cocked hat with scarlet and yellow ribbon. Given the characteristic uniformology of showing the same, with minor variations, can be painted in the distinctive colors of several regiments Neapolitans and foreigners, which refer to reference books.
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 painted figure from 3 different angles – front and back for the uniform details and a close-up for the details of personal gear.Boxart is painted by D.Petrucciand can serve a simple painting guide.
Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including brief information about the figure prepared by Giuseppe Marseglia. This document is represented in 2 languages; Italian and English.
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.
The figure is sculpted by Maurizio Bruno and made up of 9 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 a frock coat with buttoned skirts on both sides. Side pockets and decorations on front of the jacket are well defined. He has an inner coat inside the frock coat and a leather belt on his waist. The bullet case and bayonet holder will be attached to this belt to the holes in front of the figure. The left shoulder crossed leather belt with powder horn and braided hair on the back side are all well defined. He wears thigh high long gaiters with buttons on the outer side and leather shoes. Gaiters are secured with straps under the knees.
Other parts are;
Head : Facial details, hair and handlebar style moustache are well defined. The pin on the neck makes the assembly easier.
Colonnial hat : It makes a nice dry-fit to the head. Trimming ribbon on the edges and cockade on the left side are well represented. This cockade on the Val di Noto troops are in scarlet color representing the House of Bourbon.
Right arm : Posed to hold the musket. It shows nice cloth folds, pointed cuff and turnover are well defined. Left hand of the figure is cast on this part.
Left arm : Posed to put his hand on his right arm.
Rifle : He carries a flintlock musket called Dragon Musket , shorter than usual muskets. The details of the rifle arewell defined and right hand is cast grabbing the barrel.
Bayonet in leather holder
Leather bullet case
Gunstrap of the musket
Figure base : Ground texture with flat stones like a stone road texture.
The following books can be useful when painting this figure;
Osprey Publishing – Men at Arms 088 - Napoleon Italian Troops by Otto Von Pivka and Mike Chappell
Osprey Publishing – Men at Arms 146 – Napoleon’s Light Infantry by Philip Haythornthwaite and Bryan Fostan
Another good addition to Two Sicilies series with great sculpt of Maurizio Bruno and high quality cast of Romeo Models.