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Cooldude25 Oct 2018 8:02 p.m. PST

I was hoping to see what everyone's general thoughts were on Old Glory's 25mm Austrian cavalry, artillery, and Grenz? I will likely go with the second edition figures for the bulk of the infantry. I am just wrapping up my French army consisting mostly of Perry Plastics and want my next army to be all metals. Budget is always an issue and being an Old Glory Army member am always drawn towards their products. I've been very happy with the ECW, Sudan, and Punic Wars figures I've purchased. I guess my main question is how the 1st edition Napoleonic's compared to those lines. Similar quality, vastly better, worse? Also do you think using the OG figures are going to look off putting pitted against a Perry opponent? Thank you for all the help ahead of time and I hope everyone has a great week!

Artilleryman26 Oct 2018 12:53 a.m. PST

I find the animation of the OG figures a bit stylised and the anatomy a bit 'stretched'. They are nice enough figures but I would not mix them in a unit with Perry figures and, to be honest, would think twice about putting them on the same table. But then I am a staunch Perry fan.

Having said that, do not let my personal preference put you off. OG are some of the figures that are actually cheaper than Perrys and as long as the figures are based compatibly for rules and are the same scale, crack on and have a good game.

Dexter Ward26 Oct 2018 1:40 a.m. PST

The figures are not bad, but there are always a few in every pack with that strange 'running forward while looking back over the shoulder' pose.

1809andallthat26 Oct 2018 2:10 a.m. PST

My 1809 Austrian and French/Allied armies are predominately OG 1st edition and I mix them happily with Foundry, Elite, Bicorne and Connoisseur and the very occasional Perry – although rarely in the same unit.

I started these armies 20+years ago and OG was perhaps more of a natural choice back then. Having said that I do think they stand the test of time and I like the animation and, in particular, the variety of poses in you get in each pack. As Dexter points out there are always a few slightly odd ones but in the context of a unit I think they add to the variation (if that is your thing).

Specifically on the Austrians I find the range pretty good with perhaps the weakest of the range being the Landwehr. Never been tempted by the 2nd edition as I'm more than happy with the 1st.

Good luck with whatever you choose – you will have a lot of fun with the Austrians!

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Oct 2018 3:14 a.m. PST

I had used Sash & Sabre Austrians for my infantry, which I love. But they never finished the range and I had to use mostly Old Glory for the rest. Not a perfect match, but still pretty serviceable.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2018 5:34 a.m. PST

I like them a lot:

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cavcrazy26 Oct 2018 11:40 a.m. PST

Love the Old Glory Austrians.

Magyar redemption26 Oct 2018 7:29 p.m. PST

I have successfully mixed Old Glory artillerymen with Perry's, both look excellent, on the same gun crews.

I agree with quibbles about the heads swiveled excessively, but it is an exceedingly minor issue, as are some of the tsk tsking comparisons. I prefer the length of limb on OG figures, and appreciate the lack of 'stoutness'. Marching figures in particular look superb.

My biggest 'complaint' (and I love OG Austrians), is that the horses seem truncated. If you spend the time doing a regiment of hussars, you want them to shine from all angles. For the most part, the Old Glory figures are great, the pricing making them even better value.

Gonsalvo26 Oct 2018 7:36 p.m. PST

Some Old Glory 25mm Austrians. Images aren't great; they actually look much better than seen here. These were taken before I learned that taking the picture outside on a cloudy day gave far superior images.

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Grenz wearing claoks:

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Artillery (Crew only; do NOT use Old Glory Cannon, WAY too small! sash and Saber are far preferable) )


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Landwehr:

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Cooldude26 Oct 2018 8:24 p.m. PST

Thanks to everyone for the input! Great looking figures Peter, appreciate you sharing. I think I'm going to order a few packs and see what I think. Thanks again everyone!!!

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 2:23 a.m. PST

Agreed about the Old Glory cannons. I also use the Sash & Saber.

sausagesca27 Oct 2018 10:46 a.m. PST

My beef with the 1st edition OG napoleonics are that the weapons can be very vulnerable to bending (long, exposed design, and relatively soft metal) and some of the Austrian line infantry poses have VERY thin ankles, again prone to bending. Now, the Sash and Saber range and the OG 2nd edition figures are far more robust in every way (weapons and ankles are not problems), the posing is more restrained, and so I would agree with your inclination to use them as much as possible. Sash and Saber guns and crews are also better. I do like the OG jagers and the variety of landwehr is excellent. Grensers are also quite good. Good luck.

sausagesca27 Oct 2018 10:48 a.m. PST

…and you can request, for an additional fee, to have your order cast in pewter which is harder. They very kindly did this for me and I was far happier with the quality of the metal.

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