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D6 Junkie28 May 2018 10:44 a.m. PST

Hey Guys,
can anyone compare the two plastic box sets.
Similiar in size? easy to assemble?
Could you mix them/
Victrix seems like a great deal.

Artilleryman28 May 2018 10:56 a.m. PST

Both types are roughly the same to assemble and they could share a table but not a unit. Both boxes will give you a 1:20 scale battalion though you need extra figures to give the Perrys some skirmishers. They also produce a metal set to convert them to grenadiers. Both products are 'German' infantry and neither company has plastic Hungarians unfortunately.

In short, I would go with the Perry figures as they are, in my opinion, better in form and detail.

Hope that helps.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2018 1:19 p.m. PST

I have nothing to add here. But profound ignorance never stops me pronouncing with great authority……

I have combined Perry Plastic British with Victrix. Each has their strong points and the combination is ideal.

Now this is only British but trust me, there will be a generic message at the end. Perry bodies and lace are infinitely better. Perry faces are, generally, better and all come with covered "shako". Victrix gives you the parade look heads. Victrix arms are so much better, esp for flank co with wings on the shoulders. You get so many extra bits with Victrix, like the standard/flag poles. The muskets…..Victrix are just incredibly detailed…..and the bayonets are now in much tougher plastic!

So what is the message? Combine them. Pick and choose. You could end up with something totally unique to you. Whatever, think about (no, forget about) the cost vs the hours and hours you will spend painting them. Economising a few quid here and there is just insane, when you think about the investment in your allotted lifespan, that will then follow.

D6 Junkie28 May 2018 3:01 p.m. PST

Thank you Gentlemen!

Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2018 8:16 p.m. PST

Victrix is a great deal. Here is a photo of Perry Metals (Lieb btn), with 2nd and 3rd Btns composed of Victrix plastic. I unfortunately don't have a photo of the Perry plastic Austrians, but do have them, and they are very nice, similar in size and easy to assemble.

JCBJCB Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2018 9:02 p.m. PST

I have both and ended up going exclusively with Perry. Just my $0.02 USD

AdmiralHawke01 Jun 2018 12:09 p.m. PST

I have both, and highly recommend either. They are almost identical in size.

There are some obvious differences, and some not-quite-so-obvious differences.

Obvious differences.
The Victrix sets contain 56 men. The Perry set contains 40.
The Victrix sets usually retail at a slightly higher price, so the cost per figure is similar.
The Perry set includes bases. The Victrix sets do not.
The Victrix sets include two mounted officers.
The Perry set includes two sergeants and one sapper.
The Victrix set will give you two standard bearers (and two drummers), which is good for the earlier parts of the wars when Austrian battalions carried two flags.
If you want plastic grenadiers, Victrix is your best choice (Perry sells metal grenadier heads).

Not-quite-so-obvious differences.
All the Perry figures are in marching poses.
Two thirds of the Victrix figures are in marching poses.
One third of the Victrix figures have separate arms and can be posed in a variety of advancing, loading, firing or marching poses, enabling you to build a firing line or some skirmishers. As this is based on just one figure, the stance can look slightly odd, but you might not mind that (I don't).
The Perry set have the later, shorter coat.
The Victrix sets have the earlier, slightly longer coats.
The Victrix figures need slightly more assembly (as some have separate arms).
The single officer in the Perry set has a fixed pose (as in Condotta's picture). That can start to look repetitive.
The standing officer in the Victrix set has a variety of arm options and poses.

In short there's no bad choice here. Both Victrix and Perry figures are beautifully sculpted.

You can combine them if you don't mind the slightly different coat lengths.

Since there are two votes for Perry, I'll add that while I have both, I prefer the Victrix ones. Both manufacturers produce outstanding 28mm figures.

Three Armies02 Jun 2018 1:09 p.m. PST

what AdmiralHawke said here is correct, there i no bad choice, but dont rule out mixing some metal ones either. The only thing I dont like about the Victrix is the marching style musket hold is technically not 'typical' Austrian as the Perry ones are.

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