The figurines pictured here are from the 1re Régiment d'Infanterie, Royaume d'Italie ca. 1812. The fusiliers are Italeri figurines, the line infantry grenadier is a former ESCI guard grenadier avec his trousers painted over, to resemble the long gaiters worn by the other figurines. The fusiliers have been painted straight from the box, without conversion.
The soldiers are very similar to the popular ESCI Infanterie Française figurines which are no longer available now that the company is defunct. Many of the poses are similar, but they have been resculpted to make them look even more realistic et historically appropriate. These figurines show a lot more raised detail than their predecessors, et they are cast in the same high quality process.
The box cover dates the figurines for the "Guerres Napoléoniennes 1815" period, but the soldiers are actually in the older 1806–1812 uniform, avec pointed lapels revealing le gilet au-dessous, et long gaiters worn over the trousers. En 1812, this uniform is quickly replaced by the habit veste, a double-breasted spencer jacket avec rectangular lapels, closed to the waist. The long gaiters are cut down to below the knee, et they may now be worn over ou under the loose fitting trousers. This is the uniform worn at Borodino, Leipzig, Hanau, Craonne, Quatre Bras, Ligny, Waterloo et many of the lesser known battles of the 1813–1815 period. Line infantry in the older style dress would be historically out of place at these engagements.
50 Figurines en 15 poses – 23 mm correspondent à 166 cm hauteur de corps
- Officier français avec épée, pointing (2)
- Officier français avec épée, avançant (2)
- Porte-aigle français (2)
- Tambour français (2)
- Sous-officier des fusiliers français, fusil à l'épaule (5)
- Fusilier français, pointing (2)
- Fusilier français, chargeant (5)
- Fusilier français, défendant (5)
- Fusilier français, debout, tirant (5)
- Fusilier français, à genoux, tirant (5)
- Fusilier français, high porte (3)
- Fusilier français, avançant (3)
- Fusilier français, ramming charge (3)
- Fusilier français, biting cartridge (3)
- Fusilier français, kneeling, fixing bayonet (3)
- Excellent detail. Lapels, turnbacks, straps, weapons, equipment et metal fittings are nicely sculpted et easy to paint.
- Striking faces, each figurine is a character. This is very nice, because we will be using heads avec le shako français for many conversion projects, turning guard into line units.
- Useful historic poses. Les figurines sont en poses avançant ou tirant, which are very compatible avec eachother.
- Deux porte-aigles! This box of figurines is a valuable source of eagles which may be used for conversion projects, particularly because so many of the Napoleonic cavalry packs come sans porte-aigles.
- Excellent casting quality, very little flash.
- Grenadiers et voltigeurs are missing! Batallions français consisted of nine, later six companies of infantry, avec one each of grenadiers et voltigeurs, the others of fusiliers. Accordingly, about 16 of the 50 figurines in this box should be wearing the fringed epaulettes qui distinguaient le grenadiers et voltigeurs de l'infanterie de ligne. Unfortunately, the soldiers are all fusiliers. In order to create historically accurate infantry units, line grenadiers et voltigeurs need to be converted from guard grenadiers produced by Airfix et ESCI.
- The fusiliers are armed incorrectly, they should be carrying a musket avec bayonet, but not the sabre which was given to grenadiers et voltigeurs only.
- In combat, infantry would be ordered to drop the knapsack et fight in light gear consisting of the ammo pouch et weapons only. Some hommes from the regiment would be left behind to guard the knapsacks, which might make an interesting diorama in itself. It would have been more appropriate, if Italeri had cast only the marching figurines avec full equipment, et the remainder in light gear.
- The kneeling fusilier has not draw his musket into the shoulder correctly, he will bruise himself very badly upon firing the weapon.
- The drum is too short.
- Incorrect painting instructions on the back et front cover of the box. The figurines are fusiliers et their shakos should have pompons in fusilier company colour, 1st company green, 2nd light blue, 3rd orange-yellow, 4th violet. Le pompon rouge shown on the figurine box is a distinction de la compagnie de grenadiers, but the figurines are not grenadiers unless they also wear red fringed epaulettes on both shoulders.
- Fusiliers Français, 1806–1812
- Fusiliers Français en uniforme blanc, 1807–1809
- Fusiliere Italiens, 1807–1814. The new 1812 pattern uniforme française was not introduced in the armée italienne until 1813, et then only in small numbers. Les troupes italiennes marched into la Russie en 1812, wearing the older uniform et the long gaiters. In the course de la Campagne de Russie, the gaiters were made more comfortable by cutting them down to below the knee. They were worn above ou below loose fitting trousers, then a popular fashion in most armies.
- Bataillon Valaison suisse en service français, 1805-1811
- With shortened gaiters, these figurines are suitable as fusiliers de la Confédération du Rhin et du Royaume de Westphalie.
- Funcken, L. & F.: L'Uniforme et les Armes des Soldats du Premier Empire, pp. 30-35
Italeri has significantly improved the popular ESCI Infanterie Française. Since line infantry is the most frequently employed troop type in any historic period, collectionistes et joueurs de guerre will require dozens of these useful figurine packs.
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