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A Call To Arms

Set 58

French Infantry 1815

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2002
Contents 32 figures
Poses 8 poses
Material Plastic (Fairly Hard)
Colours Light Tan
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

This set, like many others, is labelled as French infantry from the Waterloo period. However, unlike most of these others, these figures are accurately clothed for that battle, with the double-breasted habit-veste, short tails and gaiters stopping below the knee. In reality the uniform was often far less smart than this by Waterloo, and in particular many men wore trousers over the breeches and gaiters, and a cover on the shako, but these men conform to the official ideal of the day. The top row contains fusiliers, marked by the bayonet held on the front right hip and the absence of a sabre. The second row shows the light infantry - chasseurs - who have a sabre and bayonet combined frog suspended by a belt over the right shoulder, and also fringed epaulettes, which mark them out as elites. For some reason all the fusiliers carry full packs, whereas none of the light infantry do.

As we have come to expect, the detail is pretty good and the poses lifelike. In general the choice of poses is good, though it is unfortunate that, in a set of only 8 poses, there are two almost identical ones. Also, there seems to be less life in the poses than in previous sets. The absence of officers, flags, drummers and so forth does nothing to improve this small set, and by splitting it between two different types of infantry, there are very few poses of each type.

The quality of the sculpting is reasonably good on these figures, with the light troops not quite as good as the fusiliers. The general feel of the figures is a little thin, which is not wrong but will not match well with some other sets that have a chunkier look to them and does not look especially attractive. There is a fair amount of flash to be removed, although nothing too terrible, and there is minimal excess plastic.

This set is a downsized copy of the 1/32 sets previously released by this company, but even by combining two sets you get only eight poses, which is not much when you consider that two distinct troop types are being modelled here. These poses that are present are good, and the detail is reasonable too, so it is mainly the lack of coverage that leaves us relatively cold about this small set, although as an addition to other sets covering the same subjects these figures are well worth including in one of Napoleon's final armies.


Ratings

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

Further Reading
Books
"1814: The Campaign of France" - Histoire & Collections - Francois-Guy Hourtoulle - 9782915239560
"French Napoleonic Infantryman 1803-15" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.57) - Terry Crowdy - 9781841764542
"Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon's Army" - Brassey - René Chartrand - 9781857531831
"Napoleon's Light Infantry" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.146) - Philip Haythornthwaite - 9780850455212
"Napoleon's Line Infantry" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.141) - Philip Haythornthwaite - 9780850455120
"Napoleon's Line Infantry & Artillery" - Windrow & Greene (Europa Militaria Special Series No.11) - Stephen Maughan - 9781859150535
Magazines
"Tradition (English Language)" - No.33
"Tradition (English Language)" - No.34
"Tradition (French Language)" - No.13

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