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Set 2002

Macedonian Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released Unknown
Contents 11 figures
Poses 11 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Grey
Average Height 25 mm (= 1.8 m)

Review

During their short existence HYTTY gained the reputation as one of the poorest makers of figures on the market. Sets like this Macedonian Infantry are the reason as they are truly awful. Many of the figures are virtually flat, and all have shallow detail that is not easy to make out. One or two lean so far to the left or right that it takes a lot of work to make them stand. There is also a lot of flash to be removed, and the chunky connections with the sprue require careful trimming.

The poses themselves are not too bad, though most are very 2-dimensional. However the sculpting is abysmal, and seems to be inconsistent between one figure and the next. The height of the figures varies by more than can be explained by natural variation - the kneeling figure would be seen as a giant when he stood up.

Several of the figures have no weapons as these are supplied separately. They have ring or cup hands, but the rings are closed and even if they were open they are much too small for the thick and crude spears provided. Several men are carrying long spears, but if these are meant to be sarissas then they are much too short. That apart there is not anything too obviously wrong with accuracy in terms of costume, at least as far as it can be made out on these. None of the poses lend themselves to the phalanx, however, which was the most important formation on the battlefield, so a highly random and not very useful selection here. Also since the poses are spread across heavy and light infantry there is not enough of anything to be worthwhile.

Several shields are also included. They have two bits of plastic on the back that are meant to guide the shield on the arm, but there is no method of actually fixing them, so gluing is required, though this would be a fragile join. The shields have some designs engraved on them, but these are extremely shallow and would easily disappear under a layer of paint, allowing any design to be substituted.

Easily the worst Alexander figures around, this set is pretty near the bottom of the league table in terms of quality of sculpting and casting. We can think of no good reason why anyone would want to own these except out of curiosity.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 6
Pose Quality 4
Pose Number 4
Sculpting 1
Mould 2

Further Reading
Books
"Alexander 334-323 BC" - Osprey (Campaign Series No.7) - John Warry - 9781855321106
"Alexander the Great" - Duncan Baird - Alan Fildes - 9781903296219
"Ancient Armies" - Concord - Tim Newark and Angus McBride - 9789623616461
"Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars" - Wargames Research Group - Duncan Head - 9780950029948
"Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World" - Greenhill - Simon Anglim - 9781853675225
"Granicus 334 BC" - Osprey (Campaign Series No.182) - Michael Thompson - 9781846030994
"Greece and Rome at War" - Greenhill - Peter Connolly - 9781853673030
"Macedonian Warrior" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.103) - Waldemar Heckel & Ryan Jones - 9781841769509
"The Army of Alexander the Great" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.148) - Nick Sekunda - 9780850455397

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