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Italeri

Set 6004

Highlander Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1996
Contents 50 figures
Poses 15 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Silver, Red
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

Review

This set was released well after the set of highlanders from Airfix and the half set from Esci. However it does add to these sets, and includes a number of poses not previously seen. These include the private standing to attention, the sergeant and the ensign, correctly modelled without the kilt. All the poses are good apart from the man advancing and holding his musket up close to his chin, which looks rather strange. Amongst the more unusual ones are the bonnet-less man with the head wound and the man apparently suffering a wound to the shoulder. This is a good selection of old favourites as well as more interesting poses like the casualties, the sergeant and the ensign.

Uniforms are correctly shown, and detail is sharp throughout. All the men have the detachable peak on their bonnets apart from the officer, who was not permitted this. All the men are either grenadiers or light infantry as they have wings on their shouldres, and the sergeant with the spontoon must be a grenadier as light infantry sergeants did not carry this weapon. The sergeant correctly has a broadsword, but some of his men have no scabbard for their bayonets.

The style of the figures is a little different from other sets, with every man having a somewhat rounded quality that is very difficult to describe. This makes the figures a little less attractive than, say, the Esci ones, but they are still more than useable. The kilts have been moulded with a check engraved on them, which is probably meant to aid painting as well as suggest the tartan on unpainted figures. On balance we would have preferred the kilts left plain like the Airfix ones, but this is a very minor point and many painters will welcome this feature anyway. The bonnets are somewhat disappointing however. In reality these were drum shaped and about seven to eight centimetres deep. On top of these were 'mounted' a number of black ostrich feathers - normally about six or seven. Of course this arrangement is impossible to model perfectly, but Esci did an excellent job in trying and Italeri should had followed their example. Instead, their men have a fuzzy ball above the bonnet that is uniformly spherical and has no suggestion of being feathers - not even hanging below the top of the bonnet. Once painted black this is much less evident, and again the complaint is minor, but since Esci had already done so well there was no excuse for Italeri. Generally detail is good and very clear, and there is very little flash to be found, although later runs of this set did have more.

Even with the reservations about the sculpting this is a good set with many fine features. It has subsequently been replaced by a new Italeri set of Highlanders which is superior in many ways, but these figures are still well worth seeking out.


Ratings

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

Further Reading
Books
"British Infantry Equipments 1808-1908" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.107) - Mike Chappell - 9780850453744
"British Infantry Uniforms Since 1660" - Blandford - Michael Barthorp - 9780713711271
"British Redcoat (2) 1793-1815" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.20) - Stuart Reid - 9781855325562
"Soldier's Accoutrements of the British Army 1750-1900" - The Crowood Press - Pierre Turner - 9781861268839
"The Thin Red Line" - Windrow & Greene - DSV & BK Fosten - 9781872004006
"The Waterloo Companion" - Aurum - Mark Adkin - 9781854107640
"Waterloo Men" - Crowood - Philip Haythornthwaite - 9781861262837
"Wellington's Highlanders" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.253) - Stuart Reid - 9781855322561
"Wellington's Infantry (2)" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.119) - Bryan Fosten - 9780850454192
"Wellington's Regiments" - Spellmount - Ian Fletcher - 9781873376065

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