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Set 8038

Bavarian 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

To complement the infantry and cavalry sets, HaT produced this artillery set, which is of the foot artillery in the uniform of 1799 to 1815.

The six poses are good and provide all the essential requirements except for a figure with a match. However the figure leaning forward (perhaps a ventsman covering the touch hole to prevent premature ignition during swabbing and ramming) could be modified to fulfill this role. The officer has adopted a rather odd pose, apparently flinging both his arms back as far as they will go.

The uniform is correct apart from the Raupenhelm, which should be like the cavalry helmet with the extra two strips across the crown, not the infantry style shown here (however they could easily be painted in if desired). The figures could also serve as horse artillery with only a few minor alterations. The officer wears a gorget, a mark of rank that only appeared in 1812. However, the officer from the infantry set could be used as a pre-1812 artillery officer.

The guns are a big disappointment, lacking almost all detail on the carriage including that which cannot be explained away by the limitations of the mould. The wheels and barrels are OK, and it all fits together well, but much more effort could have been made on the carriages.

So, the figures are good and detailed, but the gun carriage is well below par. The lack of a team or limber is always something we moan about here, although we appreciate that such omissions keep the cost down and allow more sets to be produced. This is a set that is good in parts, but could have been better.


Ratings

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

Further Reading
Books
"Hiver 1813: Napoléon Rejeté Derrière le Rhin" - (Tradition Magazine Special No.18)
"Napoleonic Uniforms Vol.3" - Emperor's Press - John Elting - 9781883476229
"Napoleon's German Allies (4): Bavaria" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.106) - Otto von Pivka - 9780850453737
"The Napoleonic Wars Part 2" - Casterman (Arms and Uniforms) - Liliane and Fred Funcken - 9780706314076
"Wagram" - Histoire & Collections - Francois-Guy Hourtoulle - 9782915239744

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