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Accurate

Set 7203

Confederate Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1991
Contents 50 figures
Poses 15 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Grey
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

At the time of writing there are six sets of Confederate Infantry. That is a very crowded market and a wide choice for the lucky consumer. When you name a company 'Accurate' you have to make very sure all your products are indeed accurate if nothing else, and fortunately these figures wear the label comfortably.

The industry-standard 15 poses deliver all the necessaries plus one or two more interesting ones. The rather overweight man executing a salute is a nice human touch, though wargamers will probably curse it as useless for their purposes. Of particular note is the man standing with right arm outstretched (first figure, bottom row). This pose also appeared in the Accurate set of Union Infantry and is perhaps meant to be aiding another figure who is on a crutch, but when Revell issued that set they had this pose removed for some unknown reason. In this set there is no wounded man for this figure to aid.

So, accurate by name, but also by nature? Well, armies tend to lose their parade ground appearance pretty quickly, so accuracy is not too difficult to achieve. The clothing here is a mix of tunics, shirts and longer coats in several styles. One man wears what seems to be a fringed hunting shirt, and several of the other items may also be civilian in origin. The kepi cap is much in evidence along with more casual (and practical) brimmed hats. Both the officers are wearing their sashes, and one is also waving a sword about his head. Only one of the men has a blanket/coat rolled across his body though we would have liked to have seen a little more of this common practice.

Accurate had a deal with Revell whereby the latter marketed Accurate sets under their own name. The quality of the figures was good enough for Revell, and it is good enough for us as well. Plenty of detail on well proportioned, lively figures with no flash. It is a pity that so few sets were ever made by this company, but they can be well satisfied with their legacy with sets such as this.


Ratings

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

Further Reading
Books
"American Civil War 1: Infantry" - Histoire & Collections (Officers & Soldiers Series No.1) - André Jouineau - 9782908182859
"American Civil War Armies (1) Confederate Troops" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.170) - Philip Katcher - 9780850456790
"American Civil War Confederate Army" - Brassey's (History of Uniforms Series) - Ron Field - 9781857532180
"Confederate Forces of the American Civil War" - Arms and Armour Press (Soldiers Fotofax Series) - Philip Katcher - 9780853689829
"Confederate Infantryman 1861-65" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.6) - Ian Drury - 9781855324015
"Confederate Troops of the American Civil War" - Crowood (Europa Militaria Series No.16) - Jonathan Sutherland - 9781861267689
"Johnny Reb: Uniform of the Confederate Army 1861-65" - Greenhill (GI Series No.5) - Leslie Jensen - 9781853672514
"The United States Infantry 1775-1918" - Blandford - Gregory Urwin - 9780713717570
"Uniforms of the American Civil War" - Blandford (Blandford Colour Series) - Philip Haythornthwaite - 9780713707571

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