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A Call To Arms

Set 51

French Cuirassiers 1815

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 1999
Contents 12 mounted figures and 12 horses
Poses 4 poses, 1 horse pose
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Light Tan
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)


By the time this set was released, both Airfix and Esci had long since produced their own French Cuirassiers, so the question was what would this set add. The answer, sadly, was very little.

With only four poses there isn't much variety, although they are all perfectly good and realistic. The quality of the sculpting is certainly better than the old Airfix figures, and marginally better than the Esci figures, with the characteristic slender elegant look of most figures from this producer. However cuirassiers were usually amongst the largest men in the army, and with the bulk of the cuirass etc. adding to this impression, slender is not a particularly good quality for such figures. Still, the level of detail is very high, and the horsehair mane is particularly well sculpted - a tricky feature that neither Airfix nor Esci handled well.

Only having one horse pose is particularly disappointing, and it seems once again to be very slight for the enormous burden it has to carry. Cuirassier horses were supposed to be the biggest available, although shortages often meant smaller horses were used instead. This one comes on a rather thin base, which makes it infuriatingly easy to topple whole squadrons when the 'battlefield' takes a jolt.

So, nicely sculpted figures, but without the sort of presence heavy cavalry should command. With only four poses and one horse, the set does not significantly improve on others already available.


Historical Accuracy 8
Pose Quality 8
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 9
Mould 10

Further Reading
"Cuirassiers 1800-1815" - Histoire & Collections (Officers & Soldiers Series No.14) - André Jouineau - 9782352501268
"Gunpowder Armies" - Concord (Fighting Men Series No.6010) - Tim Newark - 9789623610889
"Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon's Army" - Brassey - René Chartrand - 9781857531831
"Napoleon's Cuirassiers and Carabiniers" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.64) - Emir Bukhari - 9780850450965
"Napoleon's Line Cavalry" - Windrow & Greene (Europa Militaria Special Series No.10) - Stephen E Maughan - 9781859150382
"Military Illustrated" - No.69

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