This is our second review of the mini series of Seven Years War Prussian Infantry from HaT, following on from our observations on the ’action’ set . It has some similarities with the action set; there are 40 figures in total and every one can be made into a musketeer, grenadier or fusilier by choosing the appropriate separate hat. Our comments about the somewhat ill-fitting look of the figures we photographed are the same as those for the action set, and the sculpting is identical in style, so in large measure our first review could equally apply to this set. The difference, of course, is this set is exclusively for marching figures, which is doubtless a welcome approach for those customers that want either lots of just marching figures, or perhaps none at all.
Not only the sculpting but the accuracy is just the same in this set, which is to say flawless apart from the size, so the only real difference lies in the poses. Both the figures are in perfectly good poses, so the pose quality score cannot really be anything other than a 10. Our 'pose number' score, which often seems to confuse some, is our expression of how appropriate the number of useful poses is for the subject at hand, rather than a strict reflection of the actual quantity on offer. So for a set exclusively dedicated to men on the march, how many poses is enough, and how many would justify a score of 10? There is no absolute answer of course, as different people will have different views, but we feel that the dozen or so poses in many of the Strelets marching sets is good enough for full marks, so how about just two? If all you really want is a column of marching men for some game then just one pose is plenty, but we look for a bit more realism, so like to see a good variety of poses in much the same position but with subtle differences in posture, clothing or equipment as necessary to convey a realistic image of men on the march. To achieve that without converting would in our view take at least six different poses suitably mixed up, so by that standard just two poses is not nearly enough. In the end we have split the difference with our score, but as always, you will have your own opinions on what might be the suitable score for your own needs.
We love the HaT approach whereby they produce multiple sets for a given subject and let the customer decide what they want without having to buy lots of what they don't want. An all-marching set is a good idea, and in general these figures are entirely accurate in appearance and very well sculpted. There will be different reactions to just two poses, and we would have liked more, but the set does at least certainly deliver what it promises on the box.