Carabiniers Français, 1809–1815

Revue de Figurines d’Italeri au 1/72

Carabiniers Français, 1809–1815, 1/72 Figurines Italeri 6003

Le porte-aigle is shown using his épée in combat, avec the flag securely attached to the eagle-belt. The conversion uses a Carabinier de chez Italeri, l’Aigle et Drapeau d’un Fusilier français d’ESCI et a flagpole made from 0.6 mm pianowire. Rider et flag were painted separately et later joined avec white glue. The eagle-belt was made from a narrow strip of paper. For wargaming purposes, le porte-aigle will be permanently based in the center of a carabinier formation to avoid handling et possibly damaging the converted figurine.

Carabiniers in the cavalerie française date back to 1679 quand deux hommes par compagnie were armed avec the carbine. The Carabinier complement was eventually increased to one company per regiment, et en 1693 a regiment of Royal-Carabiniers was formed. En 1788 two regiments of Carabiniers were raised.

The Italeri figurines are in the white uniform avec light blue facings, yellow cuirass et metal helmet avec red caterpillar crest, which was introduced en 1809. Les 1r et 2e Carabiniers portaient cet uniforme pendant la campagne de 1809 contre l’Autriche, while serving in Comte Nansouty’s 1st Heavy Cavalry Division.

  • 1809: Brigade Defrance, 1st & 2nd Carabiniers (8 squadrons, approx. 1700 men)
  • 1812: Brigade Berkheim, 1st Carabiniers (4 squadrons)
  • 1812: Brigade l’Héritier, 2nd Carabiniers (4 squadrons)
  • 1813: Brigade D’Augeranville, 1st & 2nd Carabiniers (8 squadrons)
  • 1815: Brigade Baron Blanchard, 1st & 2st Carabiniers (8 squadrons, approx. 800 men)


17 cavaliers en 9 poses – 24 mm correspondent à 173 cm hauteur de corps

  • Officier
  • Trompette
  • Carabiniers escarmouchant (4)
  • 9 attacking Carabiniers

17 chevaux en 5 poses – 22 mm correspondent à 15.2 mains


  • Superb Detail. Folds in the clothing, sabre hilts, rivets et fittings on the cuirass, stirrups, chinscales et the imperial emblem on the helmet are clearly visible.
  • Riders fit onto the horses very well et they have their legs pressing into the flanks of the mount.
  • Beautifully sculpted horses shown at full gallop, avec flying manes. The animals are correctly harnessed et saddled, except for the officer’s horse, which should be equipped avec pistol holsters et covers in the same colour as the chabraque, instead of a sheepskin cover. The horses are obviously heavy cavalry mounts, they are much taller et significantly stronger looking than the hussar horses produced by Revell.
  • Useful historic poses. The figurines may be deployed en unités attacking et escarmouchant. Sadly, there are no standing ou walking horses available on which to mount le carabinier escarmouchant. The trooper attempting to fire from the saddle is a very nice figurine which would have deserved a calmer horse for this purpose.
  • High casting quality, there is practically no flash. Even the horses may be painted straight from the box, avec no clean-up work required.
  • All of the horses are ambling at a full gallop, an obviously unnatural gait for a cavalry horse et very uncomfortable for the rider.
  • The carbine-belt has been omitted on most of the figurines.
  • Aucun porte-aigle!
  • Inaccurate painting instructions on the box. Shabraques et rolled cloaks should be light-blue, edged in white. Sheepskins should have light-blue edging.

Déploiement Historique

  • Carabiniers français, 1809–1815
  • Carabiniers Hollando-Belges, 1816 - 1820
  • Cuirassiers Westphaliens, 1810–1813
  • Cuirassiers Bavarois, 1815

Possibilités de Conversions

  • Equipped avec a regular Cuirassier helmet from ESCI ou Airfix, these figurines make suitable cuirassiers français. The valise on the horse also needs to be changed from round to square.
  • The unique Carabinier helmet was worn by several other Napoleonic troop types:
    • Deuxième Porte-Aigle de l’infanterie française
    • Chevau-Légers et infanterie wurtembergois
    • Cuirassiers Saxons et Garde du Corps
    • 1re - 6e Chevau-Léger Lanciers français

Italieri’s Carabiniers fill an important niche in the available 1/72 plastic figurine ranges. Elegant riders et beautiful horses make this a very attractive set of figurines for collectionistes et joueurs de guerre alike. The caterpillar crested helmet is a unique piece of Napoleonic equipment which lends itself to many interesting conversion projects. Using ce casque et figurines des Cuirassiers Prussiens de 1806 de chez Italeri which are about to be released, the famous Zastrow Cuirassiers et Garde du Corps saxons may be built.

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