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06 Apr 2019 1:01 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Perry 1807 -14 French Plastic Infantry " to "Perry 1807-14 French Plastic Infantry "

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Sir Able Brush06 Apr 2019 7:51 a.m. PST

the three ups were on display at salute – see my blog for some pics


(I'll blog about other nappy stuff there in a bit)

All Sir Garnett06 Apr 2019 8:30 a.m. PST

Ooo err missus!

de Ligne06 Apr 2019 8:35 a.m. PST


coopman06 Apr 2019 8:42 a.m. PST

Nice! Thanks.

Footslogger06 Apr 2019 8:43 a.m. PST

Drooling already.

Thanks for letting us know.

Sir Able Brush06 Apr 2019 9:20 a.m. PST

They do look the business.

Fanch du Leon06 Apr 2019 9:50 a.m. PST

Thanks for the info. Couldn't go to Salute this year. And don't know if i will be able to go those next years.
Those 3 ups are absolutely superb!

French Wargame Holidays06 Apr 2019 12:43 p.m. PST


D A THB06 Apr 2019 2:59 p.m. PST

You would think that there would be a market for those 3 up sized figures,

Sir Able Brush07 Apr 2019 1:33 a.m. PST

@D A THB – well the Perry's created a market for historical hard plastic 28mm – who knows what they'll do next! (although won't they need to make 9 ups to…. )

It's remarkable how many people have been forced to follow suit

Matsukaze07 Apr 2019 5:34 a.m. PST

Can't wait any longer!

Sir Able Brush07 Apr 2019 5:55 a.m. PST

Much better pics now up on their facebook page


Sir Able Brush07 Apr 2019 5:57 a.m. PST


>two boxed sets</h4 of mid-war French Line Infantry all represented in the long tailed coats; the classic look. All the figures are in overalls. Although designed as French Line Infantry, they could be painted as Swiss, Italian, Spanish in French service, Hanoverian Legion etc.
The main ‘battalion' boxed set will consist of a 36 figure unit with fusiliers and both flank companies plus command with the option of either marching or attacking poses for all. In this set there will also be 8 voltigeurs (yes, 2 extra which could be used as additional NCO's) skirmishing. So that's 44 figures in this set.

A second boxed set, which will come out close to the first one, will contain mostly the voltigeur frames plus a command frame. Although designed as voltigeurs these could be painted as grenadiers too."

Footslogger07 Apr 2019 3:01 p.m. PST

I'm hoping this will mean the same improvement between new and old French as there was between their original ACW box and the later offerings. The twins have learnt a lot.

Perry Miniatures Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Apr 2019 3:52 a.m. PST

Hello Footslogger, it's was really more about finding out what customers like and the amount of parts they can cope with. The first French set were quite early and we were still unsure what historical gamers (unlike fantasy gamers who are more used to lots of parts) would be into; we weren't sure if they would be put off if there were too many parts so we kept them pretty simple (as we did with the first ACW sets). The less parts usually means a less exciting or natural pose. Remember with hard plastic you can't have any undercuts, you need at least a 3 degree draw on all parts (soft plastic figures are a little different). Although some people do like less parts others enjoy the kit bashing element of figures with, say, separate heads and arms. It also gives a much nicer more natural looking figure, is easier to tool and will have a lot of variables in the end. I think you will see the difference in these French and the previous ones.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2019 5:19 a.m. PST

My vote for the kit bashing approach. The British plastic firing line figures were equally very early Perry releases and fit just that bill. The result is indeed amazing conversion potential.

Really looking forward to these.

Now how about plastic cavalry, in the same coat style (cut away to reveal waistcoat). One cross belt only, to hold the cartridge box. No aigullettes, waterbottles, slung muskets or fringed epaulettes (or at least not too many of them). Breeches and high boots. Instant conversion potential to any Guard Heavy cavalry unit, early Carabiniers, Line Dragoons pre 1812, not to mention other countries' troopers.

Did anyone else notice mention of British Dragoons on that Facebook thing, in one of the many replies? These chaps are very good at responding and keeping in touch BTW.

setsuko08 Apr 2019 7:32 a.m. PST

I really like the look of the set, and I'm going to get a bunch for both my line and light infantry, but also for kitbashing dragoons. I'm currently using Victrix for that, but these look like they'd work ok for it as well.

Footslogger08 Apr 2019 11:15 a.m. PST

Thank you, Perries, for replying.

Like Deadhead, I rarely stay with with plastic figures as they come right out of the box after the first few. Kit bashing is part of the fun.

I suspect I'm not typical, and many gamers will want fewer parts not more, but I used to do Historex kits and was very happy with lots of bits and pieces.

But I think the Victrix box took it too far, and I struggled to make whole units out of it. I gave up, and "mined" the box for spare parts. It's a balancing act.

If the French turn out like the newer ACW boxes, I'll be a happy bunny.

Colbourne6609 Apr 2019 1:11 a.m. PST

I like the old french as they are in March attack pose. the plastic British I didn't like because they weren't in March attack….

but these new French look good.

I hear metal bicorne heads are also being produced so the figures can be used as far back as 1805.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2019 4:50 a.m. PST

I was well and truly told off for using that term March Attack some time back. No such thing I was assured. "Support Arms" looks incredibly uncomfortable to me, but the experts said not. Another topic recently questioned if the British EVER marched in "Support Arms". Certainly it was part of the firing sequence, but shoulder arms is somehow what we expect to see.

No, actually. I expect to see a British firing line, or, at most a bayonet attack in the Napoleonic Era. In contrast I always imagine dense columns of French plodding into the jaws of Hell, with, OK, maybe the odd skirmisher actually firing.

French moved around. British stood still and fired at them.

Garde de Paris09 Apr 2019 9:34 a.m. PST

These Perry plastics look marvelous and I do need more French to oppose my British/Portuguese/Spanish forces.

I bought enough sets of Victrix plastic British, Peninsular uniform, to do some units advancing, muskets at port or lower, rear rank with musket held in the left hand, up along the left arm to the shoulder – is that "shoulder arms?"

I have enough to do 40 figures for the 3/27th Inniskillings, kneeling and standing on guard. That would have been better for Waterloo era, but might have happened in Spain.

Seven 40-figure battalions:

- 5th Northumberlands – advancing as above – attacking French cavalry at El Bodon
- 9th (Norfolks?) Foot, firing by file from the center.
- 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers – advancing as at Albuera.
- 27th Inniskillings, kneeling and standing on guard.
- 45th Nottinghamshire – defending in many poses, as the day before Talavera de la Reina.
- 48th Northamptonshire Foot – advancing as at Sorauren.
- 88th Connaught Rangers – advancing as at Busaco.

My metals are:

- 1st Foot are old 30mm Staddens, Waterloo era.
- 7th Royal Fusiliers, Staddens converted to bearskins, breeches with gaiters, ready to deliver a volley in dress duty in England.
- 40th Foot, Staddens, mixed defending
- 79th Cameron Highlanders, 30mm willies advancing
- 28th Foot – Willie Austrian conversions with back packs, might just have arrived in the Peninsula with the packs captured in Egypt.

The French need more help!


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