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Set 8029

French Line Chasseurs

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 1999
Contents 12 mounted figures and 12 horses
Poses 4 poses, 2 horse poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Tan
Average Height 22 mm (= 1.58 m)


The Chasseurs were the original French light cavalry, and throughout the wars they were the most numerous of the light cavalry regiments. In keeping with light units everywhere they wore green, and had a relatively simple and functional uniform.

The four poses are all troopers and are all reasonable. Two of the men have ring hands into which one of the separate accessories can be fitted. Naturally this would normally be the sabres, but the third man in the row might occasionally be made to hold the standard or the bugle, though neither would look particularly convincing. However these accessories are meant to be part of the range available in many sets, and therefore parts from other sets could also be used here.

The two horses are pretty good, with both at the charge. We would have liked to have seen some horses trotting and standing, but as it is all the men are obliged to be involved in a full blown charge, though that was a rare event for such troops. The horse furniture is all correctly done and the animals themselves are nicely sculpted.

The uniform of the Chasseurs went through several distinct phases during the Napoleonic period, and there was considerable overlap between these as units retained their older uniforms in preference to the style currently in regulations. All the figures in this set wear the 'Kinski' tunic, which first appeared in 1808. It was a short-tailed single-breasted tunic which was comfortable and popular with many. In 1812 it in turn was replaced by the habit-veste, which was similar but with lapels, though the Kinski would still have been seen after this date. The men also wear the shako appropriate for the 1808-12 period, together with a full plume. The Chasseurs wore decorated Hungarian breeches and boots for full dress, but either replaced these with rough riding breeches or wore overalls when on campaign. It is strange therefore that these figures wear the full dress breeches and boots.

The weaponry and equipment is correctly modelled, with all carrying the light cavalry sabre and having a musketoon suspended from a sling.

The main role of these cavalry was reconnaissance and skirmish, though because of the stance of the horses these figures seem engaged in a charge. We would have liked to have seen some poses in more relaxed mode, and likewise for the horses, but it is easy to see why charging figures would be popular with many, especially wargamers. The sculpting is good, with reasonable detail that is properly carved. The extras fit the ring hands well, though the hand is wide and the sabre hilt is not long enough to pass right through and be visible from the other side. In addition, for the bugle to be held the hand would have to be split with a knife. However our main concern was the full-dress trousers, which is the only main problem for an otherwise reasonable set.


Historical Accuracy 8
Pose Quality 8
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 8
Mould 9

Further Reading
"Borodino: The Moskova" - Histoire & Collections - Francois-Guy Hourtoulle - 9782908182965
"Chasseurs à Cheval 1779-1815" - Histoire & Collections (Officers and Soldiers Series No.21) - Ludovic Letrun - 9782352502784
"Flags and Standards of the Napoleonic Wars" - Bivouac Books - Keith Over - 9780856800122
"Flags of the Napoleonic Wars (1)" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.77) - Terence Wise - 9780850451719
"Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon's Army" - Brassey - René Chartrand - 9781857531831
"Napoleon's Line Chasseurs" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.68) - Emir Bukhari - 9780850452693
"The Napoleonic Wars Part 1" - Ward Lock (Arms and Uniforms) - Liliane and Fred Funcken - 9780706314069
"Tradition (French Language)" - No.42-43
"Uniformes (French Language)" - No.37

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