The box contains a mixture d’officiers et autres rangs de l’infanterie in regulation frock coats, an officier et neuf autres rangs in Zouave jackets, infantry in greatcoats et Hardee hats, even a dismounted cavalry trooper wearing a shell jacket avec pointed cuffs. Pictured above are the three Zouave poses included in this set, et two of the officiers designed to command them.
The troops are sculpted avec a nice selection of headgear, Zouave fezzes, Hardee hats, slouch hats, braided et plain képis, which will be very useful for a variety of conversion projects. Nine Zouaves et three Zouave officer types are enough to whet the appetite d’un joueur de guerre ou collectioniste for many new regiments a l’échelle 1/72. Of course, one can never have enough variety in poses, et there is plenty of scope for additional Zouaves to serve alongside these wonderful Italeri figurines.
50 Figurines en 15 poses – 24 mm correspondent à 173 cm hauteur de corps
- 2 Officiers, 1 Officier des Zouaves
- 1 Standard-Bearer, 1 Drummer
- 6 chargeant, 6 courant
- 9 Zouaves (3 Poses)
- 6 debout (Hardee Hat)
- 6 marchant
- 6 à genoux, tirant
- Soldat nordiste avec fusil sur l'épaule (3)
- 3 Dismounted Cavalry
- Excellent detail. Folds in the clothing, baggy Zouave pants, gaiters, facial features, braid, buttons, metal fittings, et weapons are beautifully detailed. Painting the Zouaves will be fun, et the regular infantry types add welcome variety to the existing ranges of Union et Confederate troops.
- Striking faces, each figurine is a character. These heads can be used for many interesting conversion projects, including troupes françaises révolutionnaires wearing the red Phrygian cap.
- Useful historic poses. A mixed set like this one offers a good number of valuable poses, particularly les soldats marching et avançant, who can be deployed en masse. Unfortunately, the excellent marching pose is not a Zouave, et some of the other regular infantry would have been even more valuable in Zouave costume. Le Zouave avançant is an excellent figurine, but he is the only one suitable for an attacking unit. Les Zouaves loading, et tirant are engaged in a standing firefight, they do not mix well avec le soldat avançant.
- Zouave jackets, shirts, pants, gaiters, fezzes, et képis are accurately modelled. Sashes are visible behind the belts, but they do not extend down the left thigh. This is not a very noticeable omission, because the figurines carry equipment on the left hip which would partially obscure the ends of the sash.
- The kneeling et loading cavalry trooper does not really belong in this box, but we’re glad he’s here, he will make a nice tirailleur en s’escarmouchant. The man wears a shell jacket avec pointed cuffs, knee-length boots, et a hat avec what looks like a crossed sabres badge. He is armed avec a holstered pistol, et a cavalry carbine, he carries no sabre ou spurs on dismounted duty. The infantry cartridge box on his left hip is incorrect, et it is out of reach; the poor man would not be able to reload his carbine. Instead, he should be wearing the cavalry carbine cartridge box on his belt, close to where he can reach it avec his right hand.
- Le porte-drapeau wears the braided képi of a Zouave, but he can be painted as a regular infantryman as well. He carries no sash ou badges of rank, although his sabre would make him an officier ou sous-officier at least. The flag is a blue regimental color, avec much of the important detail engraved on it. Unfortunately, the flag measures only 26% of the required size, it scales out to 45″ × 32″ instead of the 78″ × 72″ regulation size. The stave is 27 mm long, it would need to be 33 mm long to accomodate a 27,5 mm × 25.4 mm scale flag. The axehead finial, cords et tassels are nicely sculpted, they could be trimmed off et attached to a larger flag made from paper.
- The fez, képi, et braided képi included in this set are the most common types of Zouave headdress. En grande tenue, quelque unités portaient white turbans wrapped around the fez. The turban looked very attractive, but it was too cumbersome to be routinely worn in the field. The figurine conversion may be accomplished by wrapping tissue paper around the fez ou using heads from ESCI’s Muslim Warriors instead.
- Infanterie et Zouaves in this set may be painted pour représenter troupes nordistes ou confédérées.
- Excellent casting quality, very little flash.
- Cast in dark gray/silver plastic.
- Some standard equipment is carried incorrectly: The loading Zouave wears his bayonet scabbard on the right hip, most of the other hommes have it on the left, where it belongs. One man carries no scabbard at all, in which case he should have the bayonet permanently fixed; he does not. Le Zouave avançant, les fantassins chargeant et courant, et the kneeling cavalry trooper carry their cartridge boxes on the left hip, well out of reach, making it extremely difficult to reload their rifled muskets. Zouaves typically carried the cartridge box attached to the waist-belt, discarding the cross-belt et showing off their wonderfully braided jackets.
- The round cuffs depicted on the regular infantry figurines are inaccurate for the majority of infantry units. Most infantrymen had frock coats ou shell jackets without cuffs. When braided ou distinctively colored cuffs were worn, they were pointed cuffs, like those depicted on the Zouave figurines.
- The officiers wear no sashes underneath their belts. One officier has tassels hanging down from the belt, but his sash does not protrude above et below the belt.
- Un officier porte un revolver dans sa main droite, a cap box et pistol cartridge box on his belt, but the pistol holster is missing.
- The drum is too short, et it is suspended too low for comfort.
- The national colors of Stars et Stripes are not included. The Zouave officer and one of the regular infantrymen could be converted to become portes-drapeau for their units. Flag staves can be made from 0.6 mm piano wire.
- The regulation knapsack et attached blanket rolls carried by 36% of the figurines would have been quickly lost ou discarded in the field. Blanket rolls worn across the left shoulder were more common, et even they would be left in camp prior to an engagement.
- Les hommes tirant are aiming into the sky, et neither of them has drawn the musket stock into the shoulder correctly. Admittedly, most of the hommes who served in the war had not received much training, but they quickly learned what they needed to know on the job.
- Infanterie Nordiste et Sudiste
- Zouaves Américains en Fez et Bonnet Pompon
Possibilités de Conversions
- Zouaves Américains en Képi
- 5th New York Zouaves, et 114th Pennsylvania Volunteers in full dress turbans, using appropriate heads from ESCI’s Muslim Warriors set. The turban does look nice on these figurines, even if it was not normally worn in battle.
- The Brooklyn Chasseurs: 14th New York State Militia (84th New York). Dark blue shell jacket avec red trim around pointed blue cuffs, red shoulder knots, red pants, white gaiters, et a red képi avec blue band.
- 4th Michigan Volunteers. Dark blue frock coat, dark blue pants, tan gaiters, dark blue képi ou bonnet bleu foncée avec pompon rouge.
Italeri deserves much praise for adding color to a popular period in history, allowing the joueur de guerre et collectioniste to raise several of the most famous regiments in Union et Confederate service. If you have been painting blue, gray, et butternut for years, here is your opportunity to add red, yellow, ou purple braid, bright red pants et képis, et white gaiters. If you’re serious about gaming la Guerre de Sécession, you’ll want at least two regiments of these fine troops.
- En Campagne - L’Art de la Guerre de Sécession de Keith Rocco
- Wise, Terence: Drapeaux Militaires du Monde, 1618–1900, Plates 56-57
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