The eaglebearer is shown using his sword in combat, con the flag securely attached to the eagle-belt. The conversion uses un carabinieri di Italeri, eagle e flag from a fuciliere francese di ESCI ed un flagpole made from 0.6 mm pianowire. Rider e flag were painted separately e later joined con white glue. The eagle-belt was made from a narrow strip of paper. For wargaming purposes, the eaglebearer will be permanently based in the center of a carabinier formation to avoid handling e possibly damaging the converted figure.
Carabinieri in the cavalleria francese date back to 1679 when due men in each company were armed con the carbine. The Carabinier complement was eventually increased to one company per reggimento, ed in 1693 a reggimento Real Carabinieri was formed. In 1788 due regiments of carabinieri were raised.
The Italeri soldatini are nell’uniforme bianca con light blue facings, yellow corazza e metal elmo con red caterpillar crest, which was introduced in 1809. The 1st e 2nd Carabinieri wore this uniform in the 1809 campaign against Austrian, while serving in Comte Nansouty’s 1st Heavy cavalleria Division.
- 1809: Brigade Defrance, 1st & 2nd Carabinieri (8 squadrons, approx. 1700 men)
- 1812: Brigade Berkheim, 1st Carabinieri (4 squadrons)
- 1812: Brigade l’Héritier, 2nd Carabinieri (4 squadrons)
- 1813: Brigade D’Augeranville, 1st & 2nd Carabinieri (8 squadrons)
- 1815: Brigade Baron Blanchard, 1st & 2st Carabinieri (8 squadrons, approx. 800 men)
17 carabinieri in 9 posture – 24 mm pari a 173 cm di altezza
- 4 Carabinieri, scaramucciando
- 9 Carabinieri attacking
17 cavalli in 5 posture – 22 mm pari a 15.2 mani
Superb Detail. Folds in the clothing, sabre hilts, rivets e fittings on the cuirass, stirrups, chinscales e the imperial emblem on the elmo are clearly visible.
Riders fit onto the horses very well e they have their legs pressing into the flanks of the mount.
Beautifully sculpted horses shown at full gallop, con flying manes. The animals are correctly harnessed e saddled, except for the officer’s horse, which should be equipped con pistol holsters e covers in the same colour as the shabraque, instead of a sheepskin cover. The horses are obviously heavy cavalleria mounts, they are much taller e significantly stronger looking than the hussar horses produced by Revell.
Useful historic poses. The soldatini may be deployed in attacking e skirmishing units. Sadly, there are no standing o walking horses available on which to mount the skirmishers. The trooper attempting to fire from the saddle is a very nice figure which would have deserved a calmer horse for this purpose.
High casting quality, there is practically no flash. Even the horses may be painted straight from the box, con no clean-up work required.
All of the horses are ambling at a full gallop, an obviously unnatural gait for a cavalleria horse e very uncomfortable for the rider.
The carbine-belt has been omitted on most of the soldatini.
Inaccurate painting instructions on the box. Shabraques e rolled cloaks should be light-blue, edged in white. Sheepskins should have light-blue edging.
- Carabinieri francesi, 1809–1815
- Carabinieri olandesi / belgi, 1816 - 1820
- Corazzieri Vestfaliani, 1810–1813
- Corazzieri bavaresi, 1815
- Equipped con un elmo dei corazzieri regolare di ESCI o Airfix, these soldatini make suitable corazzieri francesi. The valise on the horse also needs to be changed from round to square.
- The unique elmo carabinieri was worn by several other Napoleonic troop types:
- Deuxième Porte-Aigle (second Eaglebearer) of the fanteria francese
- Württemberg Cavalleggeri e Fanteria
- Saxon Corazzieri e Garde du Corps
- 1o - 6o lancieri francesi
Italieri’s Carabinieri fill an important niche in the available 1:72 plastic figure ranges. Elegant riders e beautiful horses make this a very attractive set of soldatini for collezionisti e giocatori wargame alike. The elmo a cresta in ciniglia is a unique piece of equipaggiamento napoleonico which lends itself to many interesting conversion projects. Using this elmo e Italeri’s 1806 corazzieri prussiani which are about to be released, the famous Saxon Zastrow Corazzieri e Garde du Corps may be built.
- Funcken, L. & F.: L’Uniforme et les Armes des Soldats du Premier Empire, p. 49
- Haythornthwaite, Philip: Uniforms of 1812, Plate 6
- Haythornthwaite, Philip: Uniforms of Waterloo in Colour, plate 58
- Allevi, Piersergio: Zinnsoldaten, p. 23
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