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Set 8026

Brunswick Leib Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2000
Contents 48 figures
Poses 9 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Grey
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

Review

The Leib infantry were dressed much like the rest of the Brunswick infantry, which was instantly recognisable by its all black uniform. These troops saw service in several theatres, including the Peninsular War and the Waterloo campaign, and so are a very useful addition to the Napoleonic range.

These men wear the shako with drooping horsehair plume and the hussar dolman-style coat. Everything was black except the facings, which were light blue for this unit. Colourful they were not, but they certainly looked dramatic and were very 'chic' to our modern eye.

The poses are the standard selection, though there are two quite similar marching poses. As in other HaT sets there is a figure with a ring hand, and in this set this figure can be made to carry a musket, a small drum, a very small drooping flag or a horn. Because the hand is sculpted hanging by the soldier's side, it does not convincingly 'carry' any of these items, which all fit into the hand with a peg except the horn. However for wargamers who may be less concerned about such details, this does provide a number of possibilities for one basic figure. Add the accessories available in other HaT Napoleonic sets and you have a very flexible figure.

As well as the various accessories, this set comes with eight extra heads. Four are wearing the Corsican hat with hunting horn badge, and could be used to convert the figures to light infantry of the Avant Garde. The remaining four wear the infantry shako with pompom instead of the falling plume, which would allow the figures to be converted to line infantry. This much increases the usefulness of the set and at a stroke allows most Brunswick infantry units to be modelled. Apparently such small accessories can cause problems when the plastic is injected into the mould, but their inclusion is to be applauded and will delight many customers.

All the figures are nicely sculpted and intelligently posed. The detail is good and accurate, and the many extras that are included make this set excellent value.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 9
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 9
Mould 9

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