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Set 8063

1805 French Light Infantry

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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

These '1805' troops can in fact depict light infantry from 1801 to about 1812, when the shako was first issued to them. This shako was the most distinctive difference between the light and line infantry of the day.

As befits light infantry, most of the poses in this set are engaged in various parts of the musket firing process. Other than these, there are two advancing poses and a standard bearer. This last comes with a hole in his left hand, into which either an eagle or a halberd can be fitted. Neither look particularly good as the hand is by the man's side, and both devices are attached by a peg on the pole. Thus the hand is not gripping the pole, and it would have been better if both poles had included the hand, which could have fitted into the wrist of a suitably angled arm. This man is equipped much like the rest of the men, but if he had been an eagle bearer he would have had no need of a cartridge box, and if he were a Porte-Aigle then he should be armed with pistols. Many will probably want to take one of the spare muskets from other HaT sets and fit it to this chap. However, though supplying four eagles per 48 men may seem excessive, both the eagle (which has no flag attached) and the halberd are very useful accessories that will no doubt see service with many other sets.

The detail is good and the uniforms accurate. All the distinctive features of the light infantry are faithfully portrayed - the pointed lapels and Hessian-boot style gaiters being the most obvious. However there is rather more flash on this set than we are accustomed to from HaT, though this is by no means a serious problem.

Clearly these figures have not been sculpted by the same sculptor that did the 1805 infantry as these men are slender and much better anatomically, with the heads correctly proportioned compared to this other set. Indeed apart from the eagle/halberd bearer it is difficult to find any fault with these figures at all. This is a nice set with useful accessories.


Ratings

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

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