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A Call To Arms

Set 50

British Infantry 1815

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1998
Contents 32 figures
Poses 8 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Light Tan
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

Review

After establishing their name with a variety of 1:32 sets, 'British Infantry 1815' was the first 1:72 set from A Call To Arms. The figures are in fact scaled down copies of two of their excellent 1:32 sets - 'Waterloo British Light Infantry' and 'Waterloo British Foot Guards'.

The eight poses are divided equally between Guard and light infantry. Looking at the Guards first (top row), they are wearing Belgic shakos with an oilskin cover - an authentic feature that was a first when the set was released. Despite their label as 'Guards' they are perfectly suitable for most regular line or guards regiments. With only four poses the range is naturally limited, and none of them are firing or reloading. The first figure in our picture is perhaps the weakest of the poses, since it is not entirely clear what he is doing. Perhaps trying to use his musket as a club, or parrying some blow, but there are many other poses that would have been more useful. However the poses are very nice and do not generally repeat those produced by other manufacturers. Uniform and equipment look good, although two have their water canteen on the right side, and one has his in such a place that it interferes with his musket, which is odd (only sergeants wore it on the right). All the men wear their Trotter knapsack and full kit. All the Guards have wings on their shoulders, meaning they belong to a flank company (either grenadier or light) rather than a battalion company, which means these figures only represent a minority of ordinary Guards (just two of the 10 companies in a battalion), which is an odd choice.

The light infantry figures were particularly welcome as at the time no other manufacturer made light infantry. Once again only four poses means their use is somewhat limited, but four poses is better than none, and unlike the Guards all the poses here are conventional and so very useful. They wear the typical shako for light infantry, with a large bugle-horn badge on the front, and all the uniform is correctly done including the wings on the shoulders. Again two of these poses have their canteen on the right side, where it gets in the way of the cartridge pouch, so would not happen in reality.

All the figures are very well sculpted with good detail and virtually no flash. They paint up well and would grace any collection or army. Putting more than one troop type in a box is a pet hate here at PSR, and this set certainly suffers as a result. Mixing types means fewer poses per type, and can be very annoying for buyers. You can't simply build up a strong contingent of light infantry without also acquiring large numbers of unwanted line or Guard. Overall, however, this set was a welcome addition to the available British Napoleonics, although the small variety of poses means it will only really add to the sets produced by others.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 9
Pose Quality 9
Pose Number 3
Sculpting 10
Mould 10

Further Reading
Books
"British Foot Guards (2)" - Almark (Soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars) - Bryan Fosten
"British Foot Guards (3)" - Almark (Soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars) - Bryan Fosten - B008H48RM4
"British Infantry Equipments 1808-1908" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.107) - Mike Chappell - 9780850453744
"British Infantry Uniforms Since 1660" - Blandford - Michael Barthorp - 9780713711271
"British Napoleonic Uniforms" - Spellmount - Carl Franklin - 9781862274846
"British Redcoat (2) 1793-1815" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.20) - Stuart Reid - 9781855325562
"Napoleonic Wars: Weillington's Army" - Brassey (History of Uniforms Series) - Ian Fletcher - 9781857531732
"Soldier's Accoutrements of the British Army 1750-1900" - The Crowood Press - Pierre Turner - 9781861268839
"The Thin Red Line" - Windrow & Greene - DSV & BK Fosten - 9781872004006
"Wellington's Foot Guards" - Osprey (Elite Series No.52) - Ian Fletcher - 9781855323926
"Wellington's Infantry (2)" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.119) - Bryan Fosten - 9780850454192
"Wellington's Infantry 1" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.114) - Bryan Fosten - 9780850453959

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