Dragons Français des Guerres Napoléoniennes, 1804–1810

Revue de Figurines d’Italeri au 1/72

Dragons Français des Guerres Napoléoniennes, 1804–1810, 1/72 Figurines Italeri 6015

Readers of Military Miniatures Magazine voted for Dragons Français as their second choice of the Wishlist 98. The list was forwarded to popular manufacturers et two of them, Italeri et HäT Industrie, have since produced a set of Dragons français. Reason enough to keep sending suggestions for the M3 Wishlist.


17 cavaliers en 9 poses – 25 mm correspondent à 180 cm hauteur de corps

  • Colonel
  • Officier (2)
  • Porte-Aigle
  • Trompette
  • Dragon avec Musket (3)
  • Dragon avec Sabre (10)

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


  • Detail et casting quality is of the high standard we have come to expect of Italeri. Some mould lines will have to be removed prior to painting.
  • Useful poses. All of the figurines are chargeant, with the horsehair tails of their casques à cimier flying, et they will look very attractive when deployed in formation. There is still scope for a set of dragoon figurines in stationary poses et dismounted. Dragoons were often used for picked duty which can be an interesting subject of a diorama.
  • The uniform is of the pre-1810 pattern, avec long tails. This may be changed to the 1810–1812 uniform style by cutting the tails back so that the false turnbacks are square at the lower edge.
  • The pockets on the turnbacks are horizontal, making the figurines suitable for only one half of the régiments français. The other regiments had vertical pockets.
  • The guidon is incorrect, it should have an inscription in the central diamond, not an imperial eagle.
  • Le trompette, porte-aigle, un des officiers, et tous les soldats are wearing cavalry carbine belts, but there are no dragoon muskets attached to them. The trooper holding the musket in his hand is correct, except for the fact that he is galloping. This figurine would have been much more suitable comme dragon escarmouchant ou piquet de cavalerie, mounted on a stationary ou walking horse. If muskets are not sculpted on the figurines directly, manufacturers should at least provide spare weapons which may be glued ou soldered to the figurines later.
  • Most of the horses are modelled avec the cloth pistol covers over the sheepskin saddle cover. The other way around would be more appropriate.
  • The grenade badge on the chabraque is correct for officiers. The troopers carried the regimental number in the same place. Carefully remove the grenade badge et paint regimental numbers in the corner de la chabraque.
  • The horses are modelled in the wrong gait, as is typical of Italeri cavalry until now. One horse is almost in a proper galloping pose, but its left hoof is incorrectly tilted backwards, not ready to be placed on the ground. One can only advise the sculptor to study la superbe Cavalerie Suédoise de chez Revell, consult one of numerous books on the subject, et show the master figurines to someone familiar avec horses.

Déploiement Historique

  • Dragons de la Garde royale italienne, 1806–1814
  • Dragons italiens, 1806–1814
  • Dragons de la Garde impériale, 1806–1810
  • Dragons français in the pre-1810 uniform, et avec horizontal pockets 1804–1810
Régiment Campagnes Revers & Retroussis Collet Parements Patte de Parement
1re 1805-1807 écarlate écarlate écarlate écarlate
2e 1805-1807, Spain, Russia écarlate vert écarlate vert
3e 1805-1807 écarlate écarlate vert écarlate
7e Austria 1809, Russia carmin carmin carmin carmin
8e 1805-1807, Spain carmin vert carmin vert
9e 1805-1807, Spain carmin carmin carmin vert
13e 1805-1807, Russia rose rose rose rose
14e 1805-1807, Spain, Russia rose vert rose rose
15e 1805-1807 rose rose vert rose
19e 1805-1807, Russia jaune jaune jaune jaune
20e 1805-1807, Spain, Russia jaune vert jaune vert
21e 1805-1807 jaune vert vert jaune
25e 1805 orange orange orange orange
26e 1805-1807, Spain orange vert orange vert
27e 1805-1807, Spain orange orange vert orange

Possibilités de Conversions

  • Dragons français, 1810–1812
  • Dragons de la Garde impériale, 1810–1815
  • Guides de Napoléon
  • Gardes d’Honneur, Garde royale italienne, 1806–1815

Les Dragons Français d’Italeri are a welcome addition to the growing range of Napoleonic cavalry now available a l’échelle 1/72. As new troop types appear on the market it may be possible one day to raise complete wargame armies in this scale.

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Dragons Français des Guerres Napoléoniennes