Consider HaT's most recent Prussians. The "Marching" set has only six poses but still got two 10's for poses; the "Command" has nine poses, and two 10's; compared to the "Action" sets which also has six poses but got a 10 for quality and a 7 for pose number.
So, clearly, it is more complicate than meeting a magic number.
Of course, I often wonder if the editors at PSR but as much thought into their scoring as we do.
Quite true and this is taken into account in PSR's description of ratings on the explanations page:
"In broad terms the set will score maximum points if it contains 20+ poses (infantry), 10+ poses (cavalry or artillery), although the actual subject matter is always taken into consideration and scores will depend on how many poses the subject matter might ideally expect."
so essentially 20 poses is the golden number but almost any set could score a ten depending on what the reviewer sees as appropriate... but clearly it only really applies to "traditonal" mixed sets...
Anyway are points scores that important especially when based on an apparently arbitrary ruling, does it really matter?
If you really liked a set and bought it only to find PSR has rated it as Fetid Dingos Kidneys would you:
A.Send it back to the manufacturer with a stiff letter attached...
B.Complain to PSR that the rating system is a bunch of balony...
C.Post about the pros and cons on a toy soldier Forum.
D.Couldn't care less about PSRs ratings and make your own mind up...
"Remember that this web site is all about reviews, which are necessarily dependant on the opinion of the reviewer" PSR
I am sure there are those who think they could do it better. A few have tried and packed in after a few desultory reviews. Some of us recognise that for all its foibles it is still pretty incredible for plastic figures to be reviewed with such clarity and yet there is always a personal insight or angle.