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Re: Here come the Prussians...and a thought about British and Highland infantry

Yes, the story with late Napoleonic Wars British infantry is somewhat similar to that of French infantry ie: no-one has yet quite managed to make the perfect set(s).

I did like the Revell British infantry set, but as with many of the Revell sculpts the heads were way too small; when I decided to re-use my old Airfix Waterloo British infantry (rather than HaT Peninsular set) I realised that I had plenty of HaT Belgic shako heads left over...so my British Guards Brigade is now Revell figures with HaT heads; it distinguishes them from the 'ordinary' British line infantry! And the HaT heads make them look more 'normal' and in proportion.

I'd say that the challenge is there for Strelets to take: A couple more British (and Highland) infantry sets for 1812-15. One, 'In defence' (for modelling squares); and one 'Firing Line' (for seeing off those pesky French columns with massed musket fire)....2 x sets of Line infantry in Belgic shakos; 2 x sets of Highlanders.

PS: Yes, the Airfix Landwehr were great, but very small: such a shame they were not produced as 23mm or 24mm figures.

Re: Here come the Prussians...and a thought about British and Highland infantry

Agreed with the British (& French) problem of no real good set for 1815 and i'd also agree with the set ideas of defence/square and firing line that you suggest.
Cavalry at the walk, British in square & firing line, you certainly have the right ideas Minuteman!

Yes the Airfix Landwehr do come up a bit smaller which is a shame, but its the only set with such a active range of poses which suits a fight in and around Plancenoit.

Re: Here come the Prussians...and a thought about British and Highland infantry

Agreed on Airfix Prussian animation, and lack of height, but for me their equipment was too perfect, and of course bayonets in scabbards were never seen. The arrival of "H" sets of Landwehr prompted a huge project to replace 1800 Airfix. I haven't yet convinced myself that these need replaced again by a further 1800 strelets :0s

Re: Here come the Prussians...and a thought about British and Highland infantry

It also seems that a lot of 1815 British Infantry sets have wings on their shoulders and thus represent flank companies. To my knowledge only the Airfix and Revell sets show the center companies, though I could be wrong.

Re: Here come the Prussians...and a thought about British and Highland infantry

Yep they dont have any wings.
Ideally any set would have both centre and flank companys represented in the correct ratio.

I think British red coat light infantry all had wings though.

Re: Here come the Prussians...and a thought about British and Highland infantry

Roger W
Yep they dont have any wings.
Ideally any set would have both centre and flank companys represented in the correct ratio.

I think British red coat light infantry all had wings though.
Dear Roger,

The centre companies had those 'tufts' on the ends of the shoulder straps. Only the centre companies had the bigger 'wings'.

'Retire' old figures? Never! For me, new figures simply add to the old, be it variety or to increase numbers for larger games or smaller figure to man ratio.

For the bicentennial we did a game of Waterloo with as many Airfix on the table as we could. I'd like to do it with all infantry (at least) represented by Airfix figures and love the idea of 'phoney' Wateroo with all the British (and perhaps allied infantry) represented by Highlanders, for the pure fun of it...

Regards, James

Re: Here come the Prussians...and a thought about British and Highland infantry

James Fisher


'Retire' old figures? Never! For me, new figures simply add to the old, be it variety or to increase numbers for larger games or smaller figure to man ratio.

For the bicentennial we did a game of Waterloo with as many Airfix on the table as we could. I'd like to do it with all infantry (at least) represented by Airfix figures and love the idea of 'phoney' Wateroo with all the British (and perhaps allied infantry) represented by Highlanders, for the pure fun of it...

Regards, James
James,

The photos of the bicentennial Waterloo that you staged and which are shown on the Avon Napoleonics site are quite magnificent, and the large numbers of well-painted Airfix figures is noteworthy. It is good to see these very famliar figures standing the test of time and continuing to look good on the wargaming table.

My figure collection is large but finite, and so I have to set some limits on numbers! I 'think' my late Napoleonic French have circa 35 infantry battalions (average 20 figures per battalion) - although there may be a certain unit creep with a few more Young Guard battalions, so lets say 40. So, around 800 figures in the French infantry; that is quite a lot, and with cavalry and artillery added takes the total for this particular army to well over 1,000. But over time it has not proven to be particularly arduous or even expensive to replace/renew most of these. If you like collecting figures (as I do) but have to limit your armies, something has to give. :grinning:

I do continue to use 'old' Airfix figures elsewhere in my collection...although I cannot now bring myself to continue using the old French Waterloo cavalry set I'm afraid.

Re: Here come the Prussians...and a thought about British and Highland infantry

Hi James

Do you mean the British Light Infantry (such as the 51st & 52nd) had tufts as well? Ive only seen images of the light regiments with shoulder wings for all companys.

I am aware of line regiments having tufts for center companys and the Grenadier/Light companys having wings. I thought Light regiments were different.

Or have we got our wires crossed? As when i made my comment about no wings, I was referring to the Airfix & Revell Waterloo British Infantry sets as per a previous comment.

If someone could indeed confirm whether the British Light regiments had just shoulder wings or also had companys with tufts, id be greatful as I plan on painting the 52nd Oxfordshires soon. Also some images show them with white belts, some with buff. Does anybody know which it is supposed to be?
Thanks

Re: Here come the Prussians...and a thought about British and Highland infantry

Roger W
Hi James

Do you mean the British Light Infantry (such as the 51st & 52nd) had tufts as well? Ive only seen images of the light regiments with shoulder wings for all companys.

I am aware of line regiments having tufts for center companys and the Grenadier/Light companys having wings. I thought Light regiments were different.

Or have we got our wires crossed? As when i made my comment about no wings, I was referring to the Airfix & Revell Waterloo British Infantry sets as per a previous comment.

If someone could indeed confirm whether the British Light regiments had just shoulder wings or also had companys with tufts, id be greatful as I plan on painting the 52nd Oxfordshires soon. Also some images show them with white belts, some with buff. Does anybody know which it is supposed to be?
Thanks
Dear Roger,

Ah, sorry, I did not read your post correctly--don't know how! My apologies. Yes, light inf. all had the 'wings', as you said.

Cheers,

James

Re: Here come the Prussians...and a thought about British and Highland infantry

No worries. 👍

Re: Here come the Prussians...and a thought about British and Highland infantry

I too have a large contingent of Airfix figures, most are still usable & dont look out of place with newer figures.
The only Airfix sets i wouldn't use anymore is the french cavalry & Line infantry as they are looking well past their sell by date,though i do like the cavalry man standing holding the horse & I have a stand of ten of these poses & are looking out for more.