Some figures I did a while back of the Belgian Cantinieres. The first one was scratch- built from a Japanese Anime character kit. I have no idea what series! I made this one back in the 1980s
This original figures done by Chuck Caldwell from Gettysburg, Pa. Mr. Caldwell used to make one-of-a kind figures from Sculpy . I had him make this one unpainted and based on a modern magazine story illustration of the Belgian Corp in Mexico. The Cantiniere was leading a wounded man on a horse and carrying a short Enfield rifle in the illustration. Her Belgian "top hat" has a campaign cover. This one was done around 1985.
Sharp eyes! Two French cantinieres were killed by loyal Mexican forces in 1862 , probably female "Soldaderas" * (Soldaderas in the Mexican Military by Elizabeth Salas)
The Red/White/Green stockings worn by the Cantinieres representing the Mexican flag colors!
"In 1864 werd Mexico een keizerrijk. De kroon werd aangeboden aan Maximiliaan van Habsburg en zijn echtgenote, prinses Charlotte, dochter van koning Leopold 1. Toen de toestand, door de burgeroorlog in Mexico, voor keizer Maximillaan gevaarlijk werd, stuurde België in 1865, zonder toelating van het parlement, een expeditiekorps naar Mexico. Onze troepen werden snel in gevechten betrokken en de hevigste veldslag had plaats in Tacambaro.
Keizerin Charlotte kwam tevergeefs hulp vragen in Europa; keizer Maximiliaan werd in 1867 gefusilleerd...."
In 1864, Mexico was an empire. The crown was offered to Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife, Princess Charlotte, daughter of King Leopold 1. When the state, the civil war in Mexico, for Emperor Maximillaan endangered, Belgium sent in 1865, without authorization from the parliament, a corps expedition to Mexico. Our troops were soon involved in fights and the most violent battle took place in Tacambaro.
Empress Charlotte came in vain for help in Europe, Emperor Maximilian was executed in 1867....."