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Set 8053

Prussian Jäger and Volunteer Jäger

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2002
Contents 48 figures
Poses 8 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Grey
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

The Jäger in any army were generally the best marksmen as they were traditionally raised from hunters, gamekeepers and others who were already familiar with firearms. Prussia had several such units, with many being volunteers who were expected to provide their own guns.

With the poses in this set the emphasis is on using the firearm rather than charging or marching, and this is as it should be. The poses are all OK, but the one glaring omission is an officer. However there is a figure with a ring hand who, although dressed like the rest of the men, could be given a sword and used as an officer. Alternatively the officers from the Revell set would also be appropriate. The set includes no items for placing in the ring hand, but other Napoleonic sets from HaT have provided a wide range of such items which are meant to be interchangeable. A special page cataloguing all such available items can be found in our Features section, or by using this link..

The men are uniformed much like the regular infantry, but in green coats. Their shakos are covered in oilskin covers and greatcoats are rolled across their chest in the normal way when on campaign. The costume, which dates these men to the last part of the Napoleonic Wars, was been accurately observed and well modelled with plenty of good detail and no errors.

These figures are all using shortened muskets or rifles. As already mentioned, armament would be a very mixed bunch, particularly in the volunteer units, but these shorter weapons were common enough. All the rest of the equipment is also correct.

Detail is well done and there is not too much flash. The man kneeling reloading has a belt that ends by his coat tails and is nowhere near the sword/bayonet that it should be supporting, and the third figure in the second row has his right arm beneath his rolled coat, which is absurd. If anything these figures are too accurate, particularly for the volunteer units, since these men were required to clothe as well as arm themselves. Though the pattern of uniform was laid down, how far each individual attained the ideal depended on both wealth and inclination. Still these are fine figures that contribute greatly to the often-neglected Prussian Napoleonic infantry in this scale.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 8
Pose Number 5
Sculpting 9
Mould 9

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