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These serve aboard ships and forts of the Imperial Guards. They are based off the British colonial soldiers and Royal Marines (collectively known as "redcoats") during the Napoleonic era (early 1800s). However under Admiral Horatio Nelson around the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), Royal Marines had a distinctive round hat made of lacquered felt, instead of the shako hat worn by the rank and file of the British Army, although during the peacetime after those wars the Marines did re-adopt the shako hat for their dress uniform.
Imperial Guard troopers are very similar to the troopers ("bluecoats") from the Imperial Soldiers faction, sharing the shako hat and backpack while the only difference is the blue epaulettes and red uniform, and using the same weaponry which is usually the musket and often the sabre.
Interestingly, the redcoat troopers are less common than their bluecoat predecessors, as out of all sets only 6277 Imperial Trading Post and 6263 Imperial Outpost (the latter released in 1995 which was the last year of the Imperial Guards) have two while all other sets have one; interestingly the Imperial Guard officer is more common than the trooper. By contrast there are four bluecoat troopers in 6276 Eldorado Fortress and even smaller sets like 6265 Sabre Island have two.