This figurine set is similar in many respects to the superb Cavalerie Confédérée released earlier. The horse poses are marginally different, et they may be mixed to add a little variety to either formation. There is much less variety in uniform styles, these troopers are wearing regulation dress which did not survive long in the field. Regulation shell jackets peuvent être convertis en plain short jackets by removing the trim lines. This reviewer uses the hot spatula of the Rai-Ro ZEP-70 soldering iron to remove flash et trim lines prior to painting.
15 cavaliers en 9 poses – 25 mm correspondent à 180 cm hauteur de corps
- Officier avec Telescope, Frock Coat
- 2 Officiers avec rested Sabre, Shell Jacket
- Porte-Guidon, Dress Jacket
- Trompette, Dress Jacket
- 2 Corporals avec Revolver, Dress Jacket
- 8 Troopers, Dress Jacket
- Sergent & Trooper dismounted
17 chevaux en 5 poses – 22 mm correspondent à 15.2 mains
- 5 walking & 10 Horses chargeant
- Excellent Detail. Buttons, belt buckles, badges, weapons et accoutrements are clearly visible et easy to paint.
- Useful historic poses. The mounted et dismounted troopers will be popular among joueurs de guerre et dioramistes.
- The selection of horses is acceptable, but only marginally different from that found in the Cavalerie Confédérée set. An opportunity has been missed, this set should have included those horse poses not covered in the earlier box. There is still not a single acceptable standing horse in the range. A grave ommission, considering that there are dismounted troopers, officiers et portes-guidon who really benefit from a stationary mount. The "standing" horse in this box is actually walking in the hind quarters, ruining the pose for most of us.
- Good casting quality. Some flash, particularly on the trumpeter et porte-guidon.
- Cast in dark grey/silver plastic.
- All of the horse poses are sculpted inaccurately. One galloping mount looks like it has just been shot in the chest ou is being reigned in abruptly. One horse is ambling at full speed; a ridiculous pose for a cavalry mount. Another one is prancing like a circus pony. And then there is the animal avec stationary front legs et walking hind quarters. The discerning modéliste will be tempted to cut this horse apart at the girth, et find a more suitable set of hind legs for it.
- Some standard equipment is missing ou carried incorrectly. The figurines all carry sabres, but the sabre was not usually carried on the person, it only got in the way during dismounted duty, et it was of marginal value in a serious fight. Revolvers were carried on the right hip, avec the butt forward. Instead, the figurines carry cowboy-style pistol holsters, without the flap, et avec the butt pointing backwards. One wonders: Do figurine designers et sculptors not have access to historic photos, et do they not watch movies of the cavalry! Even Hollywood would have gotten the pistols right, every kid knows that.
- Several figurines carry a carbine belt, ou what’s left of it, but there is no carbine attached to it. Even the officer figurines wear thin straps for no apparent reason. One way to fix this is to give the officiers a canteen ou a telescope case.
- The trumpeter carries no carbine ou pistol, although he does have a thin strap in place of the carbine belt. Again, there is no apparent reason for it. To the left of his belt buckle are two tassels, but there is no sash to which they might be attached. This is the kind of detail we don’t need.
- Le porte-guidon is unarmed as well, except for his sabre. And, his guidon is wrong: The obverse shows the Stars et Stripes, the reverse is the regimental colour. Clearly, that’s not the way to make modélistes et collectionistes happy. It would have been better to make a decision one way ou the other. The best way to fix this is to scratch-build a more accurate guidon from paper et attach it to a staff made from 0.6 mm piano-wire.
- The dismounted et kneeling trooper has no base plate, he will be difficult to attach to a diorama ou wargame base. Insert piano-wire pegs into his boot et one knee, then sink the pins into a plastic base.
- Cavalerie Nordiste, 1861–1865
Possibilités de Conversions
- Cavalerie Confédérée, 1861–1865
Replace some képis avec slouch hats, scrape off trim lines, add personal equipment.
These Cavalerie Nordiste are best used in conjunction avec Italeri’s Cavalerie Confédérée already on the market. Mix the two sets et select the poses which work best for the unit.
- 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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