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Set 8037

Austrian Artillery

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2001
Contents 24 figures and 4 guns
Poses 6 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Grey
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

Review

This was the first, and so far the only, Austrian artillery set produced. Since any model Austrian army would need artillery, it is important that this set can provide the necessary figures.

What we get is four of the same sprue, each holding a gun and six crew, all in different poses. These poses are largely the standard ones we are used to seeing in artillery sets, but they are useful and appropriate. The actual sculpting is excellent, and the overall anatomy of the figures is the best this manufacturer has ever produced. Detail is clear and even includes the Feldzeichen, or field sign, which all Austrian troops normally wore in their headgear. Flash is minimal, though the figure holding the ramrod across his body has a fair bit of extra plastic which some might like to remove.

All the men are wearing the bicorn hat that was specified in 1806, but in fact was in use earlier, and which remained common apparel until the end of the wars. They are also wearing winter uniform greatcoats, which is very useful as this hides the uniform that went through a number of changes. Consequently these figures are appropriately uniformed for almost the whole of the Napoleonic era. They all carry a sabre and a holster (which had artillery tools in it) on belts worn over the shoulders. In reality every man would also have carried a bricole, which was a length of rope used for pulling the guns. However this item is missing on all the figures. Finally, the regulations stated each man should carry the standard army canteen, which is also missing from these men. However, many contemporary images show that this item was not always carried.

The guns seem to be 6 pounders (from the length of the barrel), but the carriages are a disappointment. They are very plain, and are lacking a number of cross pieces between the cheeks that could easily have been modelled. Even the hole by which the gun was mounted on the limber is missing. Much of the subtle detail on gun carriages has to be sacrificed because of the limitations of the two-piece mould, but more could have been done here.

The one glaring omission from this set is a common one - the lack of any team to move the guns. Apart from that and the missing bricole, this is a fine set that fills a gap in the Napoleonic range.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 7
Pose Quality 9
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 9
Mould 8

Further Reading
Books
"Artillery Equipments of the Napoleonic Wars" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.96) - Terence Wise - 9780850453362
"Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars" - Greenhill - Kevin Kiley - 9781853675836
"Austrian Napoleonic Artillery 1792-1815" - Osprey (New Vanguard Series No.72) - David Hollins - 9781841764993
"Austrian Specialist Troops of the Napoleonic Wars" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.223) - Philip Haythornthwaite - 9780850459500
"Napoleonic Artillery" - Crowood - Anthony Dawson - 9781861269232

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