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Piper Kenneth MacKay
79th Rgt. of Infantry “The Cameron Highlanders” Piper Kenneth MacKay
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

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about 79th Cameron Highlanders

The 79th Regiment of Foot was first raised as Cameron Volunteers in August 17, 1793 at Fort William from among the members of Clan Cameron by Alan Cameron of Erracht. Originally on the Irish establishment, it became part of the British Army in 1804, and in 1806 it was renamed as the 79th Regiment of Foot Cameron Highlanders.

They fought in Egypt in Napoleonic Wars, Peninsular campaigns and at Waterloo.

Besides the many battle honours of the regiment, probably the best known is “Waterloo". The 79th arrived on the field of battle on 17th June 1815, having fought for the best part of previous day at Quatre-Bras , where they had lost almost half of their fighting strenght dead or wounded. The regiment was hard pressed like the rest of Wellington's army during the long hours of battle on June 18th, 1815 at Mont St. Jean near the village of Waterloo. During the course of the afternoon the French subjected the British to a number of massive cavalry charges in hopes of breaking Wellington's centre. The 79th Highlanders were forced to form squares, an all around defensive formation that infantry assumed against cavalry during this period. While the French cavalry dashed themselves vainly upon the British squares, the French horse artillery moved in close to fire murderously upon the exposed British troops. The situation was desperate as entire files were blown away by the French artillery. The 79th, like many other British battalions, were near the breaking point. The pipes and drummers of the battalion were kept in the centre of the square together with the colours and the regimental staff.

about the figure

During one of the lulls of the battle; Piper Kenneth MacKay , showing no fear, moved out of the defensive square and began to play the traditional rallying tune “Codagh No Sith” – War or Peace, The True Gathering of the Clans. MacKay's sangfroid under fire inspired his comrades, and the entire battalion.His personal courage undoubtedly led to the 79th being one of only four regiments specially mentioned by the Duke of Wellington in his Waterloo despatch. Piper MacKay was presented with a silver mounted pipes by the King for his individual bravery in this battle.

The figure RM-75-004 represents Piper Kenneth MacKay and sculpted with the inspiration of the oil painting of J.B.Andersen.


The figure comes in 125 x 85 x 35 mm.standard medium size Romeo Models light blue cardboard box. The front cover shows the figure painted by Danilo Cartacci from two angles– front and back .

Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including detailed historical info about 79th Cameron Highlanders and painting instructions for this figure. This document is represented in 2 languages; Italian and English. The historical research of this figure, preparation and translation of the text is made by Marco Lambertucci.

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 Italian master sculptor Maurizio Bruno and made up of 14 white metal parts. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. There is no need for a serious cleanwork, only brushing slightly with a metal brush and washing will make it ready to prime.

The main part is Upper torso with right leg. He wears classical British Army Redcoat uniform with Prussian type high collars. All details of the redcoat jacket like collars, buttons, shoulder straps and laces are very good represented. He carries a wide leather strap crossed on the right shoulder with a brass breast plate. The regimental badge on the plate is a perfect touch and kudos to Maurizio Bruno for this detail . Harness of the knapsack , left shoulder crossed straps of the haversack and water canteen are all well defined.

The pleated rear part of the kilt on the right leg is cast on that part. He wears under-knee length hose with red-white dicing, cloth gaiters and black leather shoes. Folds and buttons of the gaiters, lacing ofthe hose are well represented.

  • Left leg : It makes a good fit to the main part. 3 holes on that part make the assembly easier and correct fit for a walking pose. Pleated kilt, hose and gaiters are well defined.

  • Head : Sculpted in very nice facial details; he wears a feather bonnet covered with black ostrich feathers and a wide band diced in red-white-green colors. On the left side of the diced band, a black ribbon cockade with a silver metal “Sphinx” badge is carried for the battle honour of Egyptian campaign. A hackle in red-white colors representing the unit is a line company is fixed to the cockade. The hair on the nape, feather texture, cockade and hackle are very well defined.

  • Apron of the kilt : The front part of the kilt makes a very good fit to the the hole in front of the figure. Note that it should be assembled after left leg is glued to the main part. Sporran is cast on this part. As a traditional part of Scottish Highland dress, it is a a pouch that performs the same function as pockets on the pocketless kilt. The metal mantle on the top, horse hair texture and tassels are well defined.

  • Right arm : Posed to hold the chanter. Tuft part of the epaulette, cuffs decorated with buttons and laces and fingers to close the chanter holes are well represented.

  • Left arm : Posed to carry the leather bag of the bagpipe under his arm. The big hole on the top of bag is to attach the drones and more holes to assembly the chanter and blowpipe. Tuft on the shoulder is well defined.

  • Left hand : Cast together with the cuff of the left arm, it is posed to hold the chanter. It makes a good fit to the hole under the bag of pipe.

  • Knapsack : A rectangular knapsack with two leather straps and a greatcoat is rolled on the top of it with straps.

  • Haversack : He carries a canvas bread bag with a triangular cover on the right side. It shows nice folds. An iron ringed wooden water canteen is carries over the haversack. Wooden texture, straps and metal buckles are well defined.

  • Sword : He carries a Scottish Claymore Broadsword in its brass-pointed leather scabbard on the left side.

    Parts of the bagpipe are given as seperate parts ;

  • Drones : It makes a good fit to the bag on the left arm. Two short treble drones and a long bass drone decorated with a long ribbon. It shows nice details.

  • Ribbon : It will be attached to the top of the long drone.

  • Chanter : The part to play the tune with holes on it. IMO some attention is needed when assemblying this part as both of the hands will be on the chanter.

  • Blowpipe : It will be assembled to the small hole on the left side of his mouth.

  • Figure base : A nice figure base with ground texture and different sized rocks.

    Painting Tartan

    Cameron Highlanders are the only clan-raised unit with their own tartan, which is not based on the government tartan. The tartan worn by the regiment is the Cameron of Erracht. Alan Cameron's mother, Marjory Cameron of Lochiel is believed to have devised this particular tartan. It was created by taking the Macdonald sett, omitting three red lines, and imposing the yellow line of clan Cameron. Tartan flashes used as badge backings and sleeve flashes were typically taken from the intersection of the yellow lines.


    The following books and websites can be useful when painting this figure.

  • Osprey Publishing - Men-at-Arms - 442 - Oueen Victoria’s Highlanders by Stuart Reid & Gerry Embleton
  • Osprey Publishing - Men-at-Arms - 253 – Wellington’s Highlanders by Stuart Reid & Bryan Fosten
  • 79th Cameron Highlanders Re-enactment Unit website
  • 1st Battalion 79th Cameron Highlanders

    Great posing legendary historical figure of Waterloo , excellent sculpt with perfect details, high quality flawless casting, ease on assembly and correct fit with pins and holes on the parts. I believe this is one of the best figures ever sculpted in 75 mm.

    Very Highly Recommended
    Highs: One of the best 75 mm figures I've ever seen. Sculpted and cast in perfect details, redcoat is awesome.
    Lows: No low points for this figure.
    Verdict: Absolutely a MUST to paint not only for Waterloo fans but all painters.
    Percentage Rating
      Scale: 75mm
      Mfg. ID: RM-75-004
      Suggested Retail: 42 EUR
      Related Link: Product Page
      PUBLISHED: Apr 22, 2009
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.18%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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    Thanks for the review, Bro! This is a must-have figure for me! Rudi
    APR 21, 2009 - 05:27 PM
    Great review, Engil. Thanks a lot. I’ve never gone outside of my WW2 comfort zone before (not to mention the realm of metal) but this particular one certainly sparks some serious interest in me. Although painting tartan patterns looks intimidating… -A-
    APR 22, 2009 - 04:21 AM

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