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Set 2005

Ambush!

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2011
Contents 11 figures, 1 wagon and base
Poses 11 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Brown / Grey
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

While the prime purpose of rangers during the French and Indian War of 1755 to 1760 was raiding and intelligence gathering, they sometimes took on more conventional roles, and protecting the very vulnerable supply lines for the main British Army was one such task. This set clearly depicts an ambush of such a convoy, with a number of rangers and natives plus a wagon.

All the ranger figures are new to this set. However they are in exactly the same style as those to be found in the Roger's Rangers set, so we would refer the reader to that review rather than repeat all the comments here. These new poses include some quite surprising choices, given the subject matter. The third figure seems much too relaxed for someone under attack, and we couldn't think of a particularly good reason why the fourth man would be raising his musket above his head. The fifth figure is seated, and shown propped up against the wheel of the wagon on the box artwork. We can only assume that he is wounded or taking cover, but we did not like the pose.

The six natives are exactly the same figures as those in the set of Rangers and Canoes, so again there is no need to repeat our comments here.

The wagon is new, and remarkably comes in just two pieces (the forward axle and pole, and the bodywork and rear axle). It is a very simple little model and not particularly convincing, but its main feature is it is made in the same highly-soft plastic as the rangers, which is very far from ideal for such models.

Lastly there is the vac-formed base. This is considerably larger than our photograph suggests, being 212mm by 127mm. There is not much to say about this, except that it is quite generic and so quite useful.

We were not impressed by the wagon in this set, and nor were we taken with the new ranger poses, which as mentioned elsewhere are not ideal in terms of accuracy. As a result this is not a product to set the heart racing. It provides a few ranger poses and some accessories but that's about all.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 6
Pose Quality 6
Pose Number 4
Sculpting 6
Mould 8

Further Reading
Books
"American Colonial Ranger" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.85) - Gary Zaboly - 9781841766492
"American Woodland Indians" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.228) - Michael Johnson - 9780850459999
"British Light Infantryman of the Seven Years' War" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.88) - Ian McCulloch & Tim Todish - 9781841767338
"Colonial American Troops 1610-1774 (3)" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.383) - René Chartrand - 9781841764832
"Don Troiani's Soldiers in America 1754-1865" - Stackpole Books - Earl J Coates & James L Kochan - 9780811705196
"Gunpowder Armies" - Concord (Fighting Men Series No.6010) - Tim Newark - 9789623610889
"Indian Tribes of the New England Frontier" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.428) - Michael Johnson - 9781841769370
"Military Dress of North America 1665-1970" - Ian Allen - Martin Windrow - 9780684135519
"North American Indian Tribes of the Great Lakes" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.467) - Michael Johnson - 9781849084598
"Tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.395) - Michael Johnson - 9781841764900
"Uniforms of the Seven Years War 1756-63" - Blandford (Colour Series) - John Mollo - 9780713708226
"War on the Run" - Bantam - John Ross - 9780553804966
"Wolfe's Army" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.48) - Robin May - 9781855327368
Magazines
"Military Illustrated" - No.81
"Military Modelling" - No.27364
"Tradition (English Language)" - No.23

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