Infanterie Autrichienne des Guerres Napoléoniennes, 1798–1809

Revue de Figurines d’Italeri au 1/72

Infanterie Autrichienne des Guerres Napoléoniennes, 1798–1809, 1/72 Figurines Italeri 6005

Bataillon de Grenadiers Scharlach hongrois, 1809, consisting of six companies, two each drawn du Régiment d’Infanterie Nr. 31 (porte-drapeau; yellow facing), Nr. 32 (Grenadier; ash grey facings) et Nr. 51 (officier; light blue facings) hongrois. Le porte-drapeau was converted from a grenadier chargeant. The figurine looks much better when walking, instead of courant, simply by straightening the right leg et welding the foot to the figurine’s base. Doing so also tilts the upper body back a little, raising the point of the flag noticeably.

The musket is easy to remove avec a scalpel, et 0.6 mm pianowire may be pushed through the hands to act as the flagpole. The flag measures 18.3 mm on the stave et 24.4 mm on the fly, it was cut from plain paper et handpainted. The flag pictured here is the Leibfahne, avec the double-eagle on the reverse et the madonna avec child on the obverse. The white Leibfahne was carried by the 1re bataillon d’un régiment d’infanterie, unless this unit also supplied the most senior companies for a converged grenadier bataillon, in which case the grenadiers took the Leibfahne avec them. In the example above, the flag carried par le Bataillon de Grenadiers Scharlach is the Leibfahne of the 1re bataillon du Régiment d’Infanterie Nr. 31, because the grenadier companies supplied by that regiment are the most senior units within the converged grenadier bataillon. The other flags carried by an infantry regiment were yellow Ordinärfahnen which had the double-eagle on both sides.


48 figurines en 14 poses – 23 mm correspondent à 166 cm hauteur de corps

  • Officier à cheval
  • Officier Grenadier Hongrois
  • Tambour Fusilier Allemand
  • Fusilier Allemand, marchant (6)
  • Fusilier Allemand, courant (6)
  • Fusilier Allemand, debout, tirant (6)
  • Fusilier Allemand, à genoux, tirant (6)
  • Fusilier Allemand, debout (2)
  • Fusilier Allemand, debout, loading (2)
  • Fusilier Allemand, à genoux, loading (2)
  • Grenadier Hongrois, marchant (6)
  • Grenadier Hongrois, courant (3)
  • Grenadier Hongrois, debout, tirant (3)
  • Grenadier Hongrois, à genoux (3)

Popular Helmets

Le casque Raupenhelm autrichien, a caterpillar crested helmet, was introduced en 1798 et it became very popular avec the troops, even if it wasn’t very practical in the field. Some infantry regiments continued to wear the Raupenhelm as late as 1809, despite the fact that it had been officially replaced by the shako en 1808. The Italeri figurines are sculpted as Füsiliers Allemands et Grenadiers Hongrois, but they are easily converted en Füsiliers Hongrois et Grenadiers Allemands respectively.


  • Excellent detail. Facings, straps, weapons, helmets et equipment are nicely sculpted et easy to paint.
  • Striking faces. These heads avec the typical Raupenhelmet may be used for conversions des dragons et cuirassiers autrichiens.
  • Useful historic poses. Les figurines may be deployed en unités avançant ou tirant. The marching poses look very good in large formations. Le fusilier chargeant is the best plastic figurine of this type, avec correct anatomy.
  • Excellent casting quality, little flash.
  • Obvious casting problems on the marching fusilier may be corrected avec the scalpel, the figurine should look very nice after painting.
  • Un porte-drapeau is missing, mais deux de ces figurines, une grenadier et un fusilier peuvent être converties pour cette rôle.
  • Füsiliers are shown wearing the pigtail which went out of fashion en 1804.
  • The marching grenadier is sculpted without ammunition pouches.
  • Le grenadier chargeant has a serious coordination problem, he is ambling like a horse, avec his left arm, shoulder et left foot moving forward simultaneously. An impossible gait for a soldier, usually grounds for dismissal. The pose can be corrected by straightening the right leg et soldering the foot to the figurine’s base. The ambling motion is less noticeable when the figurine is walking instead of courant.
  • The standing et firing grenadier has the musket pointing toward the sky. The mistake may be corrected by reducing the base thickness underneath the figurine’s front foot, bringing the musket back into an almost horizontal position.
  • The drum appears a little small.
  • Incorrect painting instructions on the back of the box. Le fusilier allemand is shown wearing parements en pointe hongrois instead of round cuffs which would be correct. He mistankenly carries a sabre which était la marque distinguant des grenadiers. Le grenadier hongrois is shown avec les propres parements hongrois sur l’habit, but he wears le pantalon blanc allemand instead of the culotte bleu claire hongroise ornée de tresses jaunes.
  • Plastic figurine sets released by any one of the major manufacturers are notoriously inaccurate in the selection of historical figurine types. This is particularly the case avec Napoleonic line infantry sets et most line cavalry sets, which are released without the required line elite figurines.

    Italeri has made a move in the right direction, producing a set of füsiliers et grenadiers in one box. Unfortunately, it would not have been necessary in this particular case, simply because fusiliers et grenadiers autrichiens et hongrois did not serve in the same units during the Guerres Napoléoniennes. The grenadiers were converged into separate grenadier bataillons et they served in combined grenadier brigades of the 1st et 2nd Reserve Corps. Accordingly, the fusilier et grenadier figurines might have been covered in two separate sets which would have provided more officiers, portes-drapeau et musiciens than the combined set.

    Italeri might have been better advised to produce a combined set of füsiliers avec Raupenhelmets (1798-1809) et füsiliers avec shakos (1808-1815), which could have been used concurrently during the 1808–1809 transition period. It remains to be seen which manufacturer will produce füsiliers avec the typical shako autrichien, which may be used for the important 1809, 1812 et 1813 campaigns involving l’armée autrichienne. These figurines are much more versatile than the soldiers in Raupenhelmets, joueurs de guerre et collectionistes need a large number of them to recreate the later campaigns.


  • Allevi, Piersergio: Zinnsoldaten (Novara 2006), p. 140
  • Haythornthwaite, Philip: Austrian Army of the Napoleonic Wars (1) – Infantry.

Emploi Historique

  • Füsiliers Allemands, 1798–1809
  • Légion Archiduc Charles, 1809
  • Grenadiers Hongrois, 1798–1815
  • Infanterie et Chasseurs Badenois en Casque de Raupenhelmets, 1806–1813


  • Fusiliers Hongrois, 1798–1809. Convert the round cuffs to pointed ones, paint la culotte bleu claire ornée des tresses jaunes hongroises.
  • Grenadiers Allemands, 1798–1815. Convert the pointed cuffs to round ones, remove les tresses hongroises et paint la culotte blanche.
  • Chasseurs Autrichiens en casque de Raupenhelm, 1798–1809. A very simple conversion, shortening the musket to make it look like a rifle et painting the figurine in Jäger uniform.
  • The Raupenhelmet may be used to convert Dragons et Cuirassiers Autrichiens for the 1798–1840 period.
  • 1r et 2e Régiment d’Infanterie Nassovien, 1809–1814. Les compagnies du centre portaient un uniforme autrichien vert avec shako français. Officiers portaient le bicorne initially, but changed to shakos shortly after their men. Grenadiers received le casque Raupenhelm previously worn by Leibbataillon von Todenwarth, except for la 2e Compagnie de Grenadiers du 1r Régiment, which portait le shako pendant la Guerre d’Espagne. En 1810, grenadiers received a fur busby avec red bag, plume et cords. Grenadiers et Voltigeurs had epaulettes françaises. La culotte hongroise grise ornée des tresses noires, changed to verte ornée des tresses jaunes en 1810.
  • Reuss musketeer companies of the 6. Rheinbundregiment (Waldeck-Reuss), 1807–1813. Uniforme autrichien blanc, avec culotte hongroise bleu claire, et shakos français.

The Italeri figurines will be very popular avec collectionistes et joueurs de guerre interested in l’armée autrichienne des Guerres Napoléoniennes. The soldiers are sculpted in solid et very versatile wargaming poses. At the grand-tactical level, using a figurine scale of 1/250, gamers will need approximately 11 boxes of these figurines for the battle of Aspern-Essling, 21-22 Mai 1809, et 14 boxes for Wagram, 5th-6th Juillet of the same year. By that time, the füsiliers of most infantry regiments should be wearing the more practical shako which was introduced en 1808.

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