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IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2018 10:22 a.m. PST

I just received my 132 British Napoleonic infantry figures (in great coats, standing at ease and marching) and I am pleased with them (except for the extra flash).

This was my first experience with a KS and I must say this one by Three Armies was professionally done and on time. Also, Michael Percy of Three Armies, kept me and others continually updated on the progress of the project. Additionally, without hesitation and despite his busy scheduled of various other kickstarters, he readily accepted my request for sixty extra and varied figures to make up large battalions for me.

In the initial stages he was receptive of a minor criticism in sculpting of the shako and more importantly he corrected it and adjusted the production so that the final sculpts were accurate. This type of attention to detail reflects the high quality of the product and the service of Three Armies. Well done!

Gregor6262 Inactive Member12 Apr 2018 10:28 a.m. PST

Can you post pictures?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2018 10:49 a.m. PST

I got just a small number of the British redcoats at rest, nothing like as profitable as your input, but I am very pleased with them.

They are very sharply cast with great facial features and human proportions above all! Bayonets are pretty much to scale, (not like the Front Rank efforts!) but tough enough to withstand handling. They perfectly complement Perrys' and I will probably end up mixing and matching. Above all I like the novel choice of posing.

Minor issues only. There is a bit of filing to do and one figure will be a challenge, as the mould line runs across his shako front. Not insuperable though. In profile, some of the heads are a bit shallow, to me, but I suspect painting up will mask that. Face on, they are unbeatable and that is how they will be seen, after all, when in line.

I agree entirely and really must get those greatcoat figures too! Yes, the service and contact has been excellent throughout.

Lambert Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2018 12:38 p.m. PST

I too have the British standing, and regret not getting the marching and greatcoat figures as well, though I will get them soon enough. I agree the sculpting is excellent, the faces are particularly good and the lace, buttons etc are clean and crisp and therefore easy to paint. I have three battalions of Three Armies French on my table and painting them is a real pleasure, they look good even with modest painting skills. As Deadhead says they mix very well with Perrys, and I will probably add the odd Perry NCO or sapper for variety. Looking forward to more figures and Kickstarters for 1815 figures.

ultimatewargamer12 Apr 2018 5:35 p.m. PST

I Agree. Michael Percy of Three Armies is a gentlemen and a honest person. I have bought over 700 Spanish off of him.And he did a special request for me,as i run 32 man units. i give him Five Stars

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2018 8:09 a.m. PST

I got distracted into my first ever ACW figures

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But now I feel the First Foot Guards a-coming on. I just have to remember which way the flags are placed for Guards!

Three Armies14 Apr 2018 4:48 p.m. PST

Thank you guys for your kind words and thoughts. Yes i try to keep a grip of critisism and learn from peoples experience.

The moulding and flash is an ongoing issue. Although I can do it, i don't. I use outside source for moulding and casting. And there is a fine balance between flash free castings and the expense of labour.

have fun painting and playing with them, and it is good to hear that they will fit in nicely with your existing collections.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2018 12:44 a.m. PST

I didn't join this kickstarter. But I've bought some 100++ figures from Michael. And they are great. I hope to come back to them soon.

Three Armies15 Apr 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

Yes gunfreak you have indeed. However you may be very interested in the next Kickstarter as it is for 1806 period and includes Saxons, Prussian artillery and Cavalry and Prussian guard.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2018 8:33 a.m. PST

Well just to try to show that you can combine the Three Armies Range with plastic Perrys, Westfalia metals and even Victrix. Just a crude flash photo, but does at least show I am onto this. I anticipate they will do the 1st Guards proud!


Three Armies15 Apr 2018 9:59 a.m. PST

hurry up and wait! Yes those figures seem to work very wel together get painting matey

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2018 10:43 a.m. PST

Yes gunfreak you have indeed. However you may be very interested in the next Kickstarter as it is for 1806 period and includes Saxons, Prussian artillery and Cavalry and Prussian guard.

Yeah I really want that prussian cav and artillery. I just hope I happen to have the money when it goes up.

Ooh Rah Inactive Member17 Apr 2018 4:56 p.m. PST

Well just to try to show that you can combine the Three Armies Range with plastic Perrys, Westfalia metals and even Victrix.

Eureka's French Revolution range, too.

Three Armies20 Apr 2018 4:11 a.m. PST

gun freak the way Kickstarter works is you pledge but your card is not charged until after the final day of the kickstarter end. I plan to put the kickstarter up soon early May. So if you were looking at your pennies, you would need to save some for June.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 1:08 p.m. PST

I get some return on my taxes in June (most likely) but not until mid/late June

Three Armies21 Apr 2018 4:26 p.m. PST

That timing could work well, as I'm currently delayed by the print of the Prussian 6pdr atm.

Littlearmies22 Apr 2018 1:08 a.m. PST

OOh Rah – I have the Three Armies Spanish – and the Perry Spanish.

The Three Armies figures are cleanly sculpted, anatomically correct and have the uniforms and equipment that was intended. the detail is fine. I have to admit, when I first got them I kind of thought 'these are pretty 'meh'' but once you get the paint on they look great.

The Perries are their usual sculpting style for metals, nice momentum but not awfully clean, the tails of their coats seem ridulously short to me (I checked my image collection and they are 'correct' but at the short end of acceptable). They are much more campaign than parade.

As for anatomy they are skinny as hell – many figures have no hips, waist or buttocks to speak of – they look like anorexic kids from behind. I have some of their Carlist militia figures to mix in and they are shorter and more like the Spanish men I see in the street.

The Three Armies mix well with the plastic ranges you mention but not so much with the Perry metals – the problem for me is that the Three Armies muskets and bayonets are more finely sculpted and don't really mix in with the Perries metals.

Ooh Rah Inactive Member22 Apr 2018 3:20 a.m. PST

I was quoting Deadhead's post and adding that I think it's possible to combine Three Armies with Eureka. Three Armies does not offer Early French skirmishers in bicorn, so I used Eureka skirmishers. They look good to me. It helps that the Eureka skirmishers are on separate stands and not actually "mixed in" with my Three Armies figures. I agree about Perry metals. I wouldn't mix Perry and Three Armies for my Early French in bicorn.

Three Armies22 Apr 2018 9:24 a.m. PST

I cant do everything.

Ooh Rah Inactive Member22 Apr 2018 11:05 a.m. PST

Not a complaint, Three Armies. I had the same situation with Perry in bicorn. I ended using Brigade Games skirmishers. Love your figures!

Three Armies22 Apr 2018 6:56 p.m. PST

It's ok I didn't see it as a complaint, and indeed I have to advocate using other peoples figures. Thanks for the compliment, I'm sure I will get there one day very soon, as i love the 1806 period and I want some! But ironically the Early French in bicorns is my worst selling range ever, and I thought it would be popular. :( lol. It seems the whole world prefers yet more Waterloo British to bicorn French. :(

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2018 12:16 p.m. PST

It's a shame the 1805-1807 period is so unpopular. You'd think with all the Napoleon fans out there, they would want to game the period when he actually did outclass his enemies and won clear big victories.

18th Century Guy Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2018 10:12 a.m. PST

Gunfreak, one reason people don't game the 1806 Prussian campaign is the perception that the Prussians will always lose so who would want to game that?
I feel quite differently about the period and if you want to have some fun you could toss in some Russians into the games since they were marching to aid Prussia.
Lots of possibilities.
My problem here is that absolutely no one in my group is interested in Napoleonics so I've just about given up on my expensive 1806 project. But I do agree with everyone that Three Armies is producing an excellent product.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 2:58 a.m. PST

Why ever did I choose the Guards for my Three Armies redcoats?

Never occurred to me that the officers would have to lose their cuff lace.

Then the First Guards bastion style lace I really could not reproduce, so I decided on Second Guards….fine, the double spaced lace I will ignore, as largely covered by the kit. But then the crossbelt plate now needs to be oval instead of rectangular, so out came the Greenstuff.

Then came the days of glorious sunshine……..

Three Armies12 May 2018 1:16 p.m. PST

18th Century guy i'm hoping the release of the guns and cavalry will help, but yeah I dont sell many 1806 prussians sadly, although the range will continue to grow because i love it. What we really need is the Perrys to start doing it, that will change then. ;)

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2018 7:54 a.m. PST

Naw mate, you missed the point.

Anything around 18th June 1815 sells well. 1812-14 does OK. Before that…….?

If you can do the British 1815, at rest, to this standard…..I've painting them again today…..see how the canteen strap stands out from the right shoulder, right down to the vessel itself. See how easy any straps are to paint, even the backpacks' ones (usually overlooked). Look at the wing decoration lace, for the flank cos.

Commercially, stick with what earns a crust. Integrity does not pay the mortgage!

British Light Infantry 1812-15…..easily done. Minor change from what you already have in production.

Three Armies13 May 2018 4:58 p.m. PST

yeah, they are all on the way pal, if only I ever sold enough of these to pay for the moulds even that would be nice. For now I will earn my crust sculpting WWII figures as Napoleonics is dead full stop.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2018 10:48 p.m. PST


I thought the Kickstarter suggested the opposite. It seemed well oversubscribed. Is it just the early Napoleonics that is dead full stop?

Arcane Steve14 May 2018 4:21 a.m. PST

Just to add my two penneth! I usually steer well clear of kick starters but the Three Armies kick starter was the exception. Easy to understand, well executed and great value. I bought all three battalions and I am very satisfied with the figures- they are lovely and if it wasn't for my backlog of painting, I would be working on them now! I suspect they will be an Autumn project for me but as soon as I have at least one battalion done I will post the results. I am afraid that I am very much focused on British and their Allies at Waterloo, so I would very much like to see some Light Infantry in future but understand the commercial constraints that may be at play. I would certainly recommend these figures, they make a great addition to my collection.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 12:43 a.m. PST

Clearly someone is listening. Should be interesting to see what results;

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Three Armies17 May 2018 4:47 p.m. PST

I would like to thank everyone for their support on the Kickstarter. I have another one planned and projected for the 1806 Prussians which will include Artillery Cavalry Guard and Saxons. Unfortunately this will have to be delayed as my caster ( the chap that deals with most of the production) Garry from Sgts Mess, suffered a heart attack recently. He is on the mend and I'm sure you will all join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.

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