Französische Garde-Artillerie zu Fuß der Napoleonischen Kriege, 1808 bis 1815

Testbericht der 1:72 Figuren von ESCI

Französische Artillerie, 1:72 Figuren ESCI P-234

French heavy und medium foot artillery of the line. The 12-pdr guns und their gunners are conversions of ESCI foot artillery of the guard. The 6-pdr guns in the foreground are Austrian pieces of the Seven Years’ War (Revell), und the gunners are Airfix French artillery, painted straight from the box. Each gun is mounted on a 1.5 by 3″ artillery battalion stand compatibel with Volley & Bayonet wargame rules. Large figure stands like these become mini dioramas on the wargame table.


16 Artilleristen in 4 Posen, 24 mm Körpergröße entsprechen 173 cm


Excellent choice of subject. These artillery Figuren may be easily converted to represent foot artillery of the same period, including guard und foot artillery of many nations allied to France. Only the selection of heavy artillery pieces limits the versatility of this set.

Nice Detail. Buttons, trim und facial features are clearly visible, und easy to paint. Some extra equipment would have been a nice addition to this set. The gunners must have dropped their knapsacks near the gun, und placed the muskets on them. This kind of detail belongs in a diorama of the battery.

Useful historic poses. The crew may be shown in firing pose, in which case No. 2 would be standing at attention.

Good casting quality. No flash, und minimal mould lines.

The ratio of guns to howitzers is disappointing. French batteries typically had six guns und only two howitzers, but the box includes two of each. There is so much room on a sprue, why can’t manufacturers add a few spare barrels und give modellers more choice in such matters!? French line artillery was equipped with 8-pdr guns or captured 6-pdrs. To raise medium artillery batteries, use guns from other figure sets, particularly the 6-pdr guns from Revell’s Austrian artillery of the Seven Years’ War.

Gunner No. 4, the ventsman, is not included in the set. This man had the important job of stopping the vent while No. 2 rammed the charge home. If the vent was not closed during ramming, air being forced through the barrel might fan a piece of smouldering residue into an open fire, und ignite the charge prematurely. Once the charge has home, No. 4 pricked it open und primed the vent, ready to be fired.

Guard artillery Kolpak did not have a metal front plate. These need to be filled with putty, or painted over.

The box cover, und the painting instructions show the proper uniform with cuff-flaps, but the Figuren are sculpted with plain round cuffs.

Long gaiters would have been more appropriate for these figures, particularly for the earlier period.

The NCO is in a ridiculous pose, holding the long und heavy telescope to his eye with only one hand. Don’t try this at home, you may severely injure your eye!

Incorrect painting instructions: Guard artillery had blue waistcoats, und blue lapels with red trim. The left-hand figure on the back of the box is actually wearing the coat of a guard grenadier. Infantrymen were often attached to artillery batteries to serve as ammunition carriers.

Historische Verwendung

Interessante Umbauten

  • Italienische Fuß-Artillerie der Garde 1806–1815. Die Bärenfellmütze wird durch den Kolpak ersetzt.
  • Neapolitanische Fuß-Artillerie der Garde 1808–1815. Der Tschako mit Pompon, Federbusch, und Behängen ersetzt die Bärenfellmütze.
  • Französische und Verbündete Fuß-Artillerie 1804–1812. Tschako oder Raupenhelm ersetzen die Bärenfellmütze. Einige Kontingente trugen keine Epauletten, diese lassen sich aber ganz einfach mit dem Skalpell entfernen. Im Jahre 1810 wurden die Rockschöße verkürzt, die falschen Schoßumschläge schlossen nun mit dem unteren Rand der Schöße ab. Dies ist wiederum ein einfacher Umbau. Ab 1812 nahm die Artillerie allmählich das habit-veste der Infanterie an.


These guns und gunners are an important part of the growing range of Napoleonic Figuren in 1:72 scale. ESCI/ERTL still listed them in their recent catalogs, und the set should be available at toy stores.

ESCI Figuren

Französische Armee der Napoleonischen Kriege