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Odemars

Set PF14

Wellington's Staff

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2005
Contents 42 figures
Poses 14 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Cream, Red, Grey, Brown
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

A couple of years ago we reviewed a joint LW/Odemars set entitled 'Wellington's Generals'. We were not particularly impressed with it then, and nothing has caused us to change our minds since, so seeing it come back with a new box and number did not generate any excitement round here, that's for sure. The top two rows of figures are those from this old set, and since we have already reviewed them there is no point in repeating ourselves except to point out that there are three of each figure in this set instead of two each in the old set.

The bottom row holds those figures which are new to this set. They are of Highland Scottish infantry, and are therefore nothing to do with Wellington's staff, so why they were chosen to expand this set is a mystery. The first two poses are common enough, while the third is of a man holding the side of his head and the fourth is an officer, resplendent in sporran and sash. All are pretty accurately realised for Wellington's campaigns, although the officer is in full dress for some reason, and that includes what looks like a pistol in his left hand, which would not have been seen on the battlefield. The standard of sculpting is well below what most people expect these days. The figures are very flat, and the officer has managed to slice into his bonnet with that sword. Detail is quite variable but there is a great deal of flash - considerably more than on the older staff figures, so these are far from good-looking figures.

Now that Odemars are no longer co-operating with LW it seems reasonable that they would want to issue these figures under their own label, but it would seem logical that they would choose something to go with the staff officers, not a selection of infantry. Since the new figures are not as well sculpted as the old, and much less well cast, they really add nothing to the package. If you were thinking of getting the old LW/Odemars set then get this instead, but don't buy it just for the extra figures - they aren't worth it.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 9
Pose Quality 5
Pose Number 8
Sculpting 3
Mould 4

Further Reading
Books
"British Napoleonic Uniforms" - Spellmount - Carl Franklin - 9781862274846
"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
"Uniforms of Waterloo" - Blandford - Philip Haythornthwaite - 9781854093943
"Wellington's Generals" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.84) - Michael Barthorp - 9780850452990
"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

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