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French and Italian armies in 1859

FRANCE

Note : All figures are from Franco Prussian War range except *(=Napoleonic) and **(=ACW).


Imperial Guard

Infantry
-Chasseurs : NCF 3
-Zouaves : NCF 10
-Grenadiers : Nothing's perfect here :
-you can use MFN 5*, MFN 20* Napoleon's Old Guard grenadiers and chasseurs ; the new pack of Napoleonic grenadiers MFN43* Old Guard grenadiers attacking may also be used, but needs additional work (not a great pack, IMO).
- Also, the Austrian Grenadiers attacking, MAN 15* may be used with some work on bearskins.
-Voltigeurs : MBN 19* British Napoleonic Infantry, stove pipe shako, attacking (again, some attention to headgear needed)

Cavalry :
-Cuirassiers, Guides : NCF 11 Cuirassiers
-Dragoons : NCF 6
-Lancers : NCF 12
-Chasseurs : NCF 4
Note on Carabiniers : after 1865 Line Carabiniers are included in the Guard cavalry : MFN 16* Carabiniers (Napoleonic)
Artillery :
MFN 9 *: Napoleonic Guard horse artillery and French FPW guns

Line

Infantry :
-in campaign dress : NCF 1, NCF 2 (otherwise try MBN 19* British Napoleonic Infantry, stove pipe shako, attacking)
-Chasseurs NCF 3 Chasseurs attacking
-Zouaves, Tirailleurs Algériens, NCF 10, MACW8, 19** (ACW Zouaves)

Cavalry :
Cuirassiers : NCF 11 Cuirassiers
-Carabiniers : MFN 16 Carabiniers* (Napoleonic), from 1852 to 1865
-Dragoons : NCF 6
-Lancers : NCF 12
-Chasseurs : NCF 4
-Hussars : NCF 5

Artillery
MBN 26* British foot artillery (need some attention to headgear) and French FPW guns


PIEMONT


Infantry :
Line and grenadiers :
Nothing is really equivalent here . If you want a shako close to the Italian ones , try MBN 19* British in stove pipe as above. If you prefer the greatcoat, use French infantry NCF 1 and 2.

Light infantry :
Chasseurs des Alpes , Chasseurs des Appennins, Carabiniers génois : NCF 1 and NCF2and /or MACW 3** Federal infantry skirmishing
Bersaglieri : MACW 6**, MACW 19 **, Confederate infantry

Cavalry :
Heavy cavalry : MBN 17* British Napoleonic Household cavalry (lances needed).
Light cavalry :MBN 11* British Napoleonic Light dragoons (Some attention to headgear needed),add lances for the 2 regiments armed with lances, or use MACW 15 Union lancers instead).

Artillery :
MBN 26* British foot artillery (with French FPW guns)

Troupes peintes mais non soclées/unbased troops

Voltigeurs de la Garde

 

Chasseurs de la Garde

 

Cavalerie lourde et infanterie Piemont/ Italian Heavy Cavalry and Line infantry

 

 

Bersaglieri