Union Infantry/Zouaves

This is the 1/72 Scale Union Infantry/Zouaves Plastic Model Military Figure Kit from Italeri. Suitable for Ages 10 & Older.

Italeri Union Infantry/Zouaves Plastic Model Military Figure Kit 1/72 Scale #556012
 Italeri # ita556012
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Italeri Item # ita556012
Features :
  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in blue.
  • Alzo Zero Wargames approved.
  • Figures in several different poses.
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Spotlight Review

"Solid resource for creating 1/72 ACW wargame units"
I do a little bit of ACW wargaming. Since I have small children, inexpensive but quality is the name of the game for me. I want something that looks great, but I won't die inside if my kids get into it. This is an excellent set for my purposes; the numbers of figures and the types of poses really lend themselves to being useful and economical. I’ll start with the Zouaves, since they are the most exotic component of this set. It comes with ten figures in four poses: 1 officer, and three each standing/firing, advancing/charging, and reloading. While awfully limited for a diorama builder, the poses are all appropriate for a wargamer. Since the poses come in multiples of three, it is also fairly easy to accumulate similar numbers of like poses and create a unit quickly with an economy of figures, especially when you have four or six figures to a base. My only complaint, and a very weak one at that, is the lack of dedicated Zouave figures for flagbearers or musicians. I would recommend creative painting of another figure to make him fit in with the rest of his brethren. It would even be easy to defend; fancy Zouave uniforms didn’t stay too pretty under extended campaign conditions. The Zouaves are also perfectly acceptable for the more limited numbers of Confederate Zouaves. The other Union Infantry form the bulk on this set. We have forty figures in eleven poses: 2 officer poses, a flagbearer, and a musician pose each with one figure, 1 dismounted cavalry pose with three figures, 1 “casually walking” infantry pose with 3 figures, and 5 infantry poses with six figures each: kneeling/firing, advancing, marching, charging, and what I will call Hardee Hat man with cape. I would recommend basing him with any figures from other sets that have a similar aesthetic, since he doesn’t quite “gel” with the other figures. All the other infantry wear caps. Again, the multiples of three make basing easy, as there will be fewer “left over” figures to sit forlorn and neglected to the side of you painting table. The flagbearer is a point I’d criticize: his flag is already engraved, reducing his flexibility if you choose to use him. If you are the type who can modify figures in a competent manner, though, he can be made to serve your purposes. I use him as is, with the logic that my three year old will destroy him at some point anyways. And for the nitpickers: the musician is a drummer. Though popular with wargamers, a bugler would be far more accurate and useful for a Civil War battlefield and relaying signals. Not a big deal, though, in my opinion. The figures paint up well, and they can put up with a good amount of abuse. When my three year old son gets a hold of them, it isn’t the end of the world; he has yet to break one or even bend them in a way that isn’t easily fixed. I would heartily recommend this set. After painting and basing, it fits in well with the following sets I use: Italeri Set 6013 “Union Cavalry,” Italeri Set 6038 “Union Artillery,” Italeri Set 6014 “Confederate Infantry,” Italeri Set 6011 “Confederate Cavalry,” IMEX Set 505 “Union Infantry,” IMEX Set 503 “Union Cavalry,” IMEX Set 501 “Union Artillery,” IMEX Set 506 “Confederate Infantry,” IMEX Set 504 “Confederate Cavalry,” and IMEX Set 502 “Confederate Artillery”

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  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in blue.
  • Alzo Zero Wargames approved.
  • Figures in several different poses.


  • Scale: 1/72


Fifty unpainted figures

Requirements & Suggestions

  • Modeling Knife (EXL16001) (XACX3627) (EXL16018)
  • Sprue Cutter (XUR410A) (EXL55594)
  • Paint (Flat Dark Blue, Flat Skin Tone Warm Tint, Gloss Gold, Flat Gunmetal, Flat Wood, Flat Medium Blue, Flat White, Flat Azure Blue, Flat Red, Flat Black)
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"Great kit."
Love the detailing of the figures. Great price for the kit that fills a void in my collection.

"Union Infantry - Zouaves"
I do like the Zouaves it provides a different style to the Union side of the war, especially after they are painted. I have notice now that they come in a beige color instead of the old blue. I like the old blue better, now I have to find a blue or clear primer before I paint them. I have used this kit plus IMEX to recreate different dioramas for the civil war and other alternate scenarios to include England or France joining sides. This is a good kit and I give it four stars, minus one star for the beige color now, but overall it's good for what I need.

"Italeri Union Infantry/Zouaves"
ssgtbear70 (South Carolina)
A great set. Italeri did a wonderful job. Italeri chose to include both 'normal' infantry and zouaves in this set, which naturally cuts down on the range of poses for each. As a whole the poses are fine and include all the most important ones. No Flash, clean sculpt and mold lines. A welcome addition for a display or wargaming.


Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please kee away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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