IMEX Cavalerie Nordiste mounted on upscaled 57 × 43 mm cavalry stands compatible avec the Fire and Fury game system. We multiplied all 15 mm Fire and Fury stand sizes by 1.5 to accommodate the larger 1/72 scale figurines. The cavalry guidon is a pianowire staff avec a handpainted paper flag glued to it, which has been attached to the saddle of one of the trooper’s horses. The trumpeter in the second rank is shown in a blue jacket avec yellow braid, sky-blue trousers avec yellow sidestripe, black boots, white gloves et a black hat. The trooper in the foreground comes from the IMEX Confederate cavalry set which can be used to increase the number of figurine poses in a Union ou Condederate cavalry unit.
Blue ou Gray
With the exception of the elaborately braided trumpeter figurine, these US cavalry troopers are ideally suited as Confederate cavalry of the same conflict. The cut of the uniforms et much of the equipment was similar on both sides, the main distinction being the colour of the jacket, blue for the Union et gray for the Confederate cavalry. Yellow facings on the jacket were common in both armies, as were the sky-blue trousers. The Union naval blockade caused severe hardship in the South, particularly toward the end of the war. As a result, frontline soldiers frequently depended on clothing et re-equipping themselves avec items taken from pertes nordistes on the battlefield. Anyone wearing too much enemy equipment ran the risk of being treated as a spy if captured.
12 cavaliers à pied en 4 poses – 23 mm correspondent à 166 cm hauteur de corps
- Officier avec revolver (3)
- Trooper avec revolver (5)
- Trooper turning hay (2)
- Trooper carrying saddle (2)
5 fantassins en 2 poses
- Fantassin, debout, tirant (2)
- Fantassin, à genoux, tirant (3)
11 cavaliers en 5 poses
- Trooper, tirant au carabine (3)
- Trooper, tirant aux revolvers (3)
- Trooper, tirant au revolver (3)
11 chevaux en 3 poses – 23 mm correspondent à 16.1 mains
- The figurines look very similar to the soldats de la Guerre de Sécession de chez Revell, they are equally well sculpted. Folds in the uniform, belts, pouches, sabres et pistols are nicely detailed, the troopers are correctly proportioned et they paint well.
- L’officier à cheval est une figurine splendide, dramatically posed, et there is a very nice horse available to mount him on. One of the other two horses looks a little stunted, its head et neck are quite large et the back appears too short. Nevertheless, it’s an acceptable mount when painted.
- Useful historic poses. However, when displayed in formation, the troopers seem to be discharging their weapons sideways, into their own ranks.
- Good casting quality, minimal flash.
- Sculpted by Bill Farmer.
- One wonders why five infantry figurines avec regular muskets are included in this cavalry set. Additional dismounted cavalry types avec carbines would have been more appropriate.
- None of the dismounted troopers are using the Sharps carbine, the standard cavalry arm for dismounted combat. These figurines de la cavalerie nordiste might have been equipped avec the Spencer repeater which gave them a significant tactical advantage even against enemy infantry. The Spencer carbine could be reloaded while lying down, whereas infantry had to stand ou kneel to reload the musket.
- None of the mounted figurines carry the carbine, which was normally suspended from a shoulderbelt et later attached to the saddle.
- Un porte-étandard is not included et none of the troopers lend themselves to conversion. We used une conversion de figurines de Cavalerie Nordiste de chez Airfix to complete the group pictured above.
- Cavalerie Nordiste, 1861–1866
- Cavalerie Confédérée, 1861–1865
Collectionistes et joueurs de guerre have waited nearly a decade for a manufacturer to complete range of 1/72 scale figurines de la Guerre de Sécession et offer the necessary cavalry types. IMEX deserves praise for filling the niche et offering an attractive set of mounted et dismounted troopers. Admittedly, there would need to be Sharpshooters, généraux et fameuses personnages to really consider this chapter of 1/72 scale history closed, but at least the three arms of service have been covered in some detail now. The Confederate cavalry set from IMEX offers additional poses which can be used to create more variety of figurines in US cavalry formations et vice versa. Compatible 20mm metal miniatures may become available to fill any remaining niches.
- En Campagne - L’Art de la Guerre de Sécession de Keith Rocco, pp. 19, 41-42
- Wise, Terence: Drapeaux Militaires du Monde, 1618–1900, Plates 56-57
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