about the figure
The Kingdom of Naples was an informal name of the polity officially known as the Kingdom of Sicily which existed on the southern Italy after the secession of the island Sicily from the old Kingdom of Sicily after the Sicilian Vespers rebellion on 1282 against the rule of Angevin King Charles I of Naples, who had taken the control of the island with Papal support on 1266. In June 1799, Naples fell and the Parthenopean Republic ended. The Bourbon dynasty, with British aid, was restored. In 1806, the French again invaded southern Italy, and the Bourbons, again, fled to Sicily (where, under the protection of the British navy, they could hold out). Napoleon again reshaped the political landscape of Italy; he installed his brother Joseph as the King of Naples.
In 1808, Joseph was made King of Spain, and the Kingdom of Naples passed to Napoleon's brother-in-law, Joachim Murat, the most ambitious and energetic among the kings Napoleon installed. Under his rule a number of reforms were passed, most of which did not survive his reign. He strived for elegance and exhibitionism and his love of show flowed towards the uniforms of his army with particular attention to those of the Royal Guard. Initially the naval uniforms were similar to those of Napoleons Imperial Guard or Grenadiers.
The regiment of the Royal Navy Guard of Naples, consisting of one battalion, was created October 25th 1806 by Joseph Bonaparte. Joseph, as well as the French Imperial Guard or the Kingdom of Italy, would also have to Naples this department, the symbol of naval power of his kingdom, even if most of the ships had followed Ferdinand IV in Sicily. When Joachim Murat becomes king of Naples in September 1808, with the taking of Capri, reinforces the credibility of the new Neapolitan navy.
In 1811, during the reform of the uniforms of the armed forces Napolitan, sailors take the new uniform with all the details the same as those of grenadiers except where otherwise specified: Berrettoni Cordellina and plume with red, dark blue coat with collar, lapels of the chest, paramani and implications to code red (all with no edges), profiles of red pockets, cuffs patte of dark blue, yellow buttons. The collar was carrying two bands gallon yellow lapels and buttons of the chest, and the pockets of patte paramani had each gallon yellow bands with eyelets. Epaulettes rosse.Il battalion escorting the king at sea for each type of displacement. In 1812, 186 men were employed by the division napoletana in Russia as part of the 33rd division of the body of Marshal Augereau, commanded by Lieutenant General Destrees. In 1813, the division was assigned to the defense of Danzig. In 1814, participated also in the campaign against the Kingdom of Italy and France. (From the historical note inside the box
The figure RM 54-89 represents Officer of the Navy, Guard of the Kingdom of Naples (1811-1815)
The figure comes in Romeo Models 10th Anniversary metal box in 130 x 90 x 50 mm. dimensions. The four sides of the metal box includes the company logo and the bottom of the box gives company information and some warnings about white metal models. The front cover shows one big and one small photos of the painted figure from front and back which can basically serve as a painting guide.
Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including short historical note about Navy of Kingdom of Naples prepared by Patrice Raynaud
and represented in 2 languages; Italian and English.
Parts are packed carefully between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and the figure base is placed under the polyfoam not to damage the figure parts.
The figure is sculpted by Maurizio Bruno
and made up of 7 white metal parts and 2 parts of figure base. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. The figure has no need for a serious clean up, just brushing and sanding will make it figure for priming.
The main part is torso
with legs. He wears a dark blue single-breasted jacket with amaranth(reddish rose color) bib, high collars, cuffs and turn-ups of ends; all rowing are light blue, silver buttons or gold buttons with golden chevrons; epaulettes with gold rows, ends and gorget. The details of the jacket are perfect sculpt and cast. He carries a white narrow sword belt with yellow edges and brass buckle. He wears white close fitting trousers and black under knee boots with gold edges and a tassel in front.
Other parts are ;
Head : Facial details, moustache and whiskers are well defined. He wears a Shako ; a tall, cylindrical military cap, usually with a peak or visor and sometimes tapered at the top which is usually adorned with some kind of ornamental plate or badge on the front, metallic or otherwise, and often has a feather, plume or pompon attached at the top. The details of the shako like cockade, plate and cords are very well represented.
Left arm : Posed to put his hand on his back. Cloth folds, shoulder epaulette details and turnover cuff on the sleeve are well represented. Note that you will need to clean the seamline inside this arm.
Sword : He carries a long straight sword with golden hilt, black scabbard with gold metal lower end protection.
Baton : He carries a baton with a golden handle. Right hand is sculpted on this part.
Strap of the sword : A leather strap with a tassel to add tothe scabbard is given as a seperate part.
Plume : Plume (red) with a golden holder to assembly the front top of the shako is given as a seperate part.
Figure base : Figure base is made of two parts. A bollard with a hawser and base with a stone texture. The parts make good fit and forms a nice base for the figure.
The following book can be useful when painting this figure.
Osprey Publishing - Men At Arms 088 Napoleons Italian and Neopolitan Troops by Otto Von Pivka & Mike Chappell
Nice sculpted figure in a strong posing and high quality cast. Another unique figure from Romeo Models for the fans of the period.
Very Highly Recommended