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PA808-1 Highlanders mold

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Contains 3 molds to cast the illustrated figures. You will require 80g of metal per figure. Full painting instructions included.

This regiment traces its origins back to 1725 when six independent companies were formed from non-Jacobite Highlanders (i.e. Those with Hanoverian rather than Stuart sympathies). These companies were amalgamated in 1739 into a single regiment, which was given the number "42" in 1751. The regiment took part in the colonial wars in North America against France 1757-1763), and was granted it's "Royal" appellation after distinguishing itself in the battle of Triconderoga. The Regimental badge (with the motto "I am not provoked with impunity") was granted in 1768.

Further service in North America followed during the American war of Independence (1776-1783), and in the Egyptian Campaign against Bonaparte in 1801, at Aboukir Bay in Alexandria. The Napoleonic Wars saw the 42nd in action again, during the peninsular campaign, (Corunna 1809; Salamanca 1812), and in 1815 at Quatre Bas and Waterloo. During the Crimean War (1854-1856) the 42nd took part in the battles of the Alma and Balaclavaa, and saw service in India putting down the great Mutiny in 1858. The regiment served in many of the colonial campaigns of the later 19th century, including the Ashanti wars and the Egyptian campaign of 1882 at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir. The first battalion also took part in the Sudan campaign while the second saw service in South Africa during the Boer war in 1899.

The regiments nickname the "Blackwatch", which was given official recognition in 1861, has several possible origins. Once is from the 18th century and recalls the long hilltop watches kept by the independent companies from which it derived. Alternatively, the name could derive from the dark colour of the tartan, as compared with the red coats of the government troops.

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