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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2019 3:39 p.m. PST

"Hurry up and wait. It is a common phrase used by soldiers throughout history no doubt, as they stand around ready for further orders, with little apparently happening. Of course the common soldier has no view of the wider situation, but the boredom of waiting will sometimes be tinged with either excitement or fear if action seems likely, but perhaps more often with dread if the day promises nothing more exciting than a long march. Whatever the situation, soldiers waiting around and not at attention is a common occurrence, and sets such as this have become more common recently, generally from Strelets. This time the impatient troops at ease are part of Napoleon's army, his line infantry.

The most obvious feature of these men is that they all wear a greatcoat, which naturally covers most of the uniform. Greatcoats were widely issued by 1805, although they had existed beforehand either for sentries or as private purchases. All those here are double-breasted and look to be typical, although several styles were to be found during the period. What dates these men more precisely is their headgear, for the majority wear the shako, which first saw service with ordinary line infantry in 1806. Most here are covered, which was very common, but a few are uncovered, revealing badges of different designs as well as the cockade and pompon. This look would be valid until the end of the Napoleonic Wars, but two of the poses are much more tightly dateable as instead of a shako they wear the pokalem, a style of fatigue cap which was only introduced from 1812. While little of the legs are visible, all seem to wear the normal gaiters…"




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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2019 11:57 a.m. PST

That bad… or it's the scale?.


Pauls Bods06 Sep 2019 4:05 a.m. PST

What scale? I didnīt know they had to weigh anything…..

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2019 3:01 p.m. PST



Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2019 2:46 a.m. PST

What I will say once more is just how good that site is at reviewing new releases. They do seem to be real experts on uniforms and weaponry for any era and are equally clever at spotting modelling errors. If only we had something remotely like that in 28mm metals

Pauls Bods07 Sep 2019 6:35 a.m. PST

They got me back into the Hobby Liam. Years back I bought some GW Elves on a whim. I did a online search Looking at figs, came across PSR and I was amazed at what was available since I had abandoned the Hobby years previously. Good Thing was the sellers list which made getting hold of them possible as there are no physical model Shops near me. The Elves got binned.
Someone should definately set up a similar site in 28mm.
For Plastic 28mm- 28PSR, for metal- 28MSR

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2019 12:55 p.m. PST

I'm with you Pauls!….


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