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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 3:23 p.m. PST

… the Napoleonic Wars


"In the second part of the study on Napoleonic plastic figures, we will return to the Russian army, but in a much more popular period, from the times of the Great War of 1812 and the subsequent participation of the tsar's troops in the fight with La Grande Armee, until the first entry into Paris in 1814 and the abdication of Emperor Napoleon.

It remains to explain why I do not undertake to describe the period 1807-1811…"

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Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 7:20 p.m. PST

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Hundreds of sets in 1/72nd scale plastic. I find it difficult to imagine that there is any significant unit that is not already available in plastic for Napoleonics or that cannot be readily created by a repaint or a head swap.

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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2023 4:11 a.m. PST

HaT do have just about (but not quite) everything covered. And they are far from being alone.

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2023 7:09 a.m. PST

The linked piece is from 9 years ago, so well out of date.

Brunswick 1815 Lights remain challenging. The HaT set is for earlier, and features falling-plume shakoes and forage caps; whereas for 1815, they should all be in bell-top shakoes with 'carrot' plumes. As the HaT figures are quite diminutive, an alternative source of bell-top heads is not obvious.

Cavalry is sometimes an issue with plastics. You could do a pretty good Peninsular campaign with Emhar Spanish and Portuguese infantry, but cavalry are another matter. There is only one source of Swedish Napoleonic cavalry in plastic, and it appears to give you two or three figures of each type and period, so you only get three Leizig-era cuirassiers per box, for example.

Those aside, Mike BM is clearly right. If there'd been this variety of plastics when I started with Airfix, I would never have switched to metals at all, except to fill the gaps.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2023 2:53 p.m. PST

Thanks.


Armand

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