Zuaven des Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieges

Testbericht der 1:72 Figuren von HäT Industrie

Amerikanische Zuaven, angreifend, 1:72 Figuren HäT 8004
Amerikanische Zuaven, angreifend
Amerikanische Zuaven, schießend, 1:72 Figuren HäT 8004
Amerikanische Zuaven, schießend

The box contains Zuaven in braided jackets, baggy trousers, gaiters, fez, und combat gear consisting of a cartridge box und bayonet scabbard. The men may be deployed in two different battlefield formations, firing or attacking. The Figuren look like they are right out of an American Civil War painting, und they will be very popular with collectors und wargamers. The soldiers shown here are from an unidentified unit of Union Zouaves.

Eight each of the running, standing firing, advancing, und kneeling firing Zouaves are in the box. The poses shown above are supplied in fours. The loading, und advancing soldiers may be converted to standard-bearers.

Officers are not included in the set, because they often wore a uniform which differed from that of the Unteroffiziere und Mannschaften. Regulation frock coats were common, with red pants, braided Käppis, und Confederate style cuff lace indicating the officer’s Zouave status. A regular infantry officer figure available from Airfix, ESCI, Italeri, or Revell may be painted to act as an officer of Zouaves.

Inhalt

48 Figuren in 9 Posen - 22,5 mm entsprechen 162 cm Körpergröße

Bewertung

Excellent choice of subject. Zouaves were the most colourful troops of the American Civil War, they add a lot of period flavor to a diorama or simulation game. Wargamers und collectors of 1:72 scale American Civil War Figuren have been waiting more than two decades for this fascinating diversion from the blue und gray painting routine.

The sculpting style is reminiscent of period military painting, these soldiers capture the action und drama of Civil War battle very convincingly.

Nicely detailed Figuren. Zouave jackets, shirts, trousers, gaiters, tassled caps, und Schärpen are accurately modelled.

In-period facial features with big moustaches und goatees. These heads with the tassled cap may be used for a number of conversion, including 18th Century sailors und Piraten.

The poses are nicely Kompatibel mit eachother. The advancing, charging, and bayonetting Zouaves form an attacking unit, whereas the loading und firing men are suitable for the defensive. The NCO can lead units in attack or defense, and one each of the attacking or defending poses may be converted to a standard-bearer.

This box offers many more Zouave poses than the recently released Italeri set of Union Infantry und Zouaves. Sadly, the two figure ranges are not immediately Kompatibel mit eachother, the HäT Figuren are slimmer, und their heads are noticeably smaller. If Italeri Zouave heads are mounted on the HäT figures, the other differences in sculpting may be less apparent.

Good casting quality, very little flash.

Cast in grey plastic; a departure from HäT’s policy of producing Figuren in the historic uniform colour. Dark blue would have been more appropriate.

Canteens und haversacks are missing. It was common practise to discard heavy gear like backpacks und blankets prior to battle. However, the men would have carried water, und some personal items into battle with them.

Cap boxes are missing. Most Zouave units carried the cartridge box on the right rear of the waist-belt, und the cap box on the right front of the waist-belt. The cap box kept percussion caps dry und separate from the ammunition.

Standard-bearers are not included, but the loading und advancing Zouaves will be easy to convert. Flag staves cut from 0.6 mm piano wire should be 33 mm long in order to accomodate the regulation flag scaled down to 27.5 mm × 25.4 mm.

There are no marching poses in the set, despite the fact that marching infantry is by far the most useful figure type for massed formations on or off the battlefield. Running, charging, bayonetting, und pointing soldiers are immediately recognized as individuals, und they don’t look right in any formation, because a unit of them appears like an unrealistically choreographed drill team. Massed columns, or lines of men with shouldered muskets are expected to be nearly in the same pose, they look very realistic together even if the same marching figure is used repeatedly. Wargamers, collectors, und diorama builders are much better served if the majority of Figuren in an American Civil War infantry set are made up of five or six compatible variations of the shouldered musket pose. Simple head-swap conversions would multiply this number to 30 or 40 noticeably different marching Figuren in the same unit. Manufacturers need to study the spectacular scenes in the movie GETTYSBURG to really appreciate what combat formations look like when they march, change formation, und advancing under fire, with muskets shouldered.

Historische Verwendung

Interessante Umbauten

  • Amerikanische Zuaven mit Käppi
  • 5th New York Zouaves, und 114th Pennsylvania Volunteers in full dress turbans, using appropriate heads from ESCI’s Muslim Warriors set. The turban does look nice on these figures, even if it was not normally worn in battle.

HäT Industrie’s ACW Zouaves add colourful variety to an increasingly popular period of simulation gaming. Wargame rules for the ACW period are readily available, and it is now possible to deploy the famous Zouave regiments which fought at Bull Run und other early war engagements. These Figuren are a must-have, und we do hope that HäT Industry may cover other ACW troop types in similar style.

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Figuren des Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieges