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Set FC-004

French Line Lancers Team

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2013
Contents 4 figures and 4 horses
Poses 4 poses, 4 horse poses
Material Resin
Colours White
Average Height 24.5 mm (= 1.77 m)

Review

Lancer troops dressed as per these figures were introduced into the French army in 1811, and served until the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Deriving much of their uniform from dragoons, these figures have the correct coat and helmet, and overalls over their breeches. The horses have the correct saddles and equipment, including the sheepskin covers with 'wolfs teeth' edging, so everything here is accurate.

Everything here is also beautifully done. The level of detail is everything you could want, and the general level of sculpting as good as anything ever produced. Of particular note are the lances themselves, which are exactly as thin as they should be and of a good length. Since they are made of resin this means they are highly vulnerable to breakage, but there is no denying they look much better than the sometimes absurdly thick examples you get in some plastic sets. As can be seen, only one figure comes complete; the others have a choice of right arms, which does much to make the most of the four basic poses in the set. Holding the lance in various ways makes a lot of sense, and the addition of an arm holding a carbine is a good idea too. Each arm has a peg at the shoulder, yet only one of the figures has a hole that might accept this peg. Even this one hole is too small for the peg, and the resin is far too fragile to risk forcing anything, so you will have to remove the peg and simply glue the arm of choice to the body. You will also have to make allowance for the fringed epaulette on one figure, so there is a little work to do, but the result is very pleasing and well worth it. The separate arms mean there is a good variety of possible poses, which are both suitable and natural. The horses too are in natural poses, although some may be disappointed that none seem to be on the move, so no charge can be depicted here. However when using the lance against infantry a standing horse is far more likely than one on the move, so for a melee these are very useful animals which also benefit from a flexible mould to provide more realistic quadruped poses than we are used to seeing.

So with perfect accuracy and some exceptional sculpting these lovely little figures might be too fragile for 'play' but are still excellent models that are a pleasure to own.

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