I was reading up on this again as I was working on a possible Guardia Civil 1/6 figure kitbash and something didn't ring true, to me at least.
From what I read at various historical research sites + Bill Combs' website, the Guardia Civil was divided into regular and veterana types. The regular types would get assigned duty all over the archipelago and then, it seems, those that did exceptionally well were awarded veterana status and assigned to the Guardia Civil Veteranas which were in charge of the capital city, Manila, only.
From Bill Combs' website: "It was similar to that of the Civil Guard, blue cotton with red wool collar and cuffs. White with black center stripe collar tabs (sardinetas) with a button at the end point were worn by all the Veteranas, and is the most distinct difference between their tunics and that of the regular Civil Guard. The white twisted shoulder cords with double flat knots were the same as on the Civil Guard uniform."
There thus would have been a difference between Guardia Civil and Guardia Civil Veterana in assignment, in uniform and likely in troop quality. These, I'm guessing, would have been the guys that Bonifacio and Sancho Valenzuela encountered at San Juan Del Monte.
Post by insurrectomad on Jul 4, 2011 17:50:24 GMT -5
One should always make a distinction between a city uniform and a field combat uniform. it's hard to look too smart in the later. I think Aguinaldo's red pantalooned lifeguards would make a close contestant though. David