La scatola contains a mixture of fanteria officers e men in regulation frock coats, an officer e nine men in Zuavi jackets, fanteria in cappotto e Hardee hats, even a dismounted cavalleria trooper wearing a shell jacket con pointed cuffs. Pictured above are the tre zuavi poses included in this set, e due dell’ufficiali designed to command them.
The troops are sculpted con a nice selection of headgear, zuavi fezzes, Hardee hats, slouch hats, braided e plain kepis, which will be very useful for a variety of conversion projects. Nine zuavi e tre ufficiali di zuavi types are enough to whet a wargamer’s e collector’s appetite for many new regiments in scala 1:72. Of course, one can never have enough variety in poses, e there is plenty of scope for additional zuavi to serve alongside these wonderful Italeri soldatini.
50 soldatini in 15 posture – 24 mm pari a 173 cm di altezza
- Ufficiale della fanteria (2)
- Ufficiale dei Zuavi (1)
- Standard-Bearer (1)
- Drummer (1)
- 6 assaltando, 6 Running
- 9 Zuavi (3 posture)
- 6 Standing (Hardee Hat)
- 6 marciando
- 6 Kneeling, sparando
- 3 Shouldered Musket
- 3 dismounted cavalieri
Excellent detail. Folds in the clothing, baggy zuavi pants, gaiters, facial features, braid, buttons, metal fittings, ed armi are beautifully detailed. Painting the zuavi will be fun, e the fanteria regolare types add welcome variety to the existing ranges delle truppe nordiste e confederate.
Striking faces, each figure is a character. These heads can be used for many interesting conversion projects, including rivoluzionari francesi wearing the red Phrygian cap.
Useful historic poses. A mixed set like this one offers a good number of valuable poses, particularly the marching ed advancing men, who can be deployed en masse. Unfortunately, the excellent marching pose is not a zuavo, e some of the other fanteria regolare would have been even more valuable in zuavi costume. The advancing zuavi is an excellent figure, but he is the only one suitable for an attacking unit. The loading, e firing zuavi are engaged in a standing firefight, they do not mix well con the advancing soldier.
Zuavi jackets, shirts, pants, gaiters, fezzes, e kepis 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 soldatini carry equipaggiamento on the left hip which would partially obscure the ends of the sash.
The kneeling e loading cavalleria trooper does not really belong in this box, but we’re glad he’s here, he will make a nice skirmisher. The man wears a shell jacket con pointed cuffs, knee-length boots, ed a hat con what looks like a crossed sabres badge. He is armed con a holstered pistol, ed a cavalleria carbine, he carries no sabre o spurs on dismounted duty. The fanteria cartridge box on his left hip is incorrect, ed it is out of reach; the poor man would not be able to reload his carbine. Instead, he should be wearing the cavalleria carbine cartridge box on his belt, close to where he can reach it con his right hand.
The portabandiera wears the braided kepi of a zuavo, but he can be painted as a fante regolare as well. He carries no sash o badges of rank, although his sabre would make him an Officer o NCO at least. The flag is a blue regimental color, con 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 e tassels are nicely sculpted, they could be trimmed off ed attached to a larger flag made from paper.
The fez, kepi, e braided kepi included in this set are the most common types of zuavi headdress. In full dress, some units wore white turbanti wrapped around the fez. The turban looked very attractive, but it was too cumbersome to be routinely worn in the field. The figure conversion may be accomplished by wrapping tissue paper around the fez o using heads from ESCI’s Muslim Warriors instead.
Fanteria e zuavi in this set may be painted to represent Union or Confederate troops.
Excellent casting quality, very little flash.
Cast in dark gray/silver plastic.
Some standard equipaggiamento is carried incorrectly: The loading zuavo wears his bayonet scabbard on the right hip, most of the other men 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. The advancing zuavo, the charging e running fanti, e the kneeling cavalleria trooper carry their cartridge boxes on the left hip, well out of reach, making it extremely difficult to reload their rifled muskets. Zuavi typically carried the cartridge box attached to the waist-belt, discarding the cross-belt e showing off their wonderfully braided jackets.
The round cuffs depicted on the soldatini della fanteria regolare are inaccurate for the majority of fanteria units. Most fanti had frock coats o shell jackets without cuffs. When braided o distinctively colored cuffs were worn, they were pointed cuffs, like those depicted on the soldatini zuavi.
The ufficiali wear no sashes underneath their belts. One officer has tassels hanging down from the belt, but his sash does not protrude above e below the belt.
One officer carries a drawn revolver in his right hand, a cap box e revolver cartridge box on his belt, but the revolver holster is missing.
The drum is too short, ed it is suspended too low for comfort.
The national colors of Stars e Stripes are not included. The ufficiale dei zuavi ed uno dei fanti regolari could be converted to become portabandiere for their units. Flag staves can be made from 0.6 mm piano wire.
The regulation knapsack ed attached blanket rolls carried by 36% of the soldatini would have been quickly lost o discarded in the field. Blanket rolls worn across the left shoulder were more common, ed even they would be left in camp prior to an engagement.
The firing men are aiming into the sky, e neither of them has drawn the musket stock into the shoulder correctly. Admittedly, most of the men who served in the war had not received much training, but they quickly learned what they needed to know on the job.
- Fanteria Nordista e Confederata
- ACW Zuavi in Fez o Tassled Cap
- ACW Zuavi in Kepis
- 5th New York Zouaves, e 114th Pennsylvania Volunteers in full dress turbans, using appropriate heads from ESCI’s Muslim Warriors set. The turban does look nice on these soldatini, even if it was not normally worn in battle.
- The Brooklyn Cacciatori: 14th New York State milizia (84th New York). Dark blue shell jacket con red trim around pointed blue cuffs, red shoulder knots, red pants, white gaiters, ed a red kepi con blue band.
- 4th Michigan Volunteers. Dark blue frock coat, dark blue pants, tan gaiters, dark blue kepi o dark blue cap con red tassel.
Italeri deserves much praise for adding color to a popular period in history, allowing the wargamer e collector to raise several of the most famous regiments nel servizio nordisto e confederato. If you have been painting blue, gray, e butternut for years, here is your opportunity to add red, yellow, o purple braid, bright red pants e kepis, e white gaiters. If you’re serious about American Civil War gaming, you’ll want at least due regiments of these fine troops.
- On Campaign – The Civil War Art of Keith Rocco
- Wise, Terence: Military Flags of the World, 1618–1900, Plates 56-57
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