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The seated piper is, I think, intended to be one of the casualty figures; wounded, unable to stay on his feet, but still bravely playing his pipes. It fits in with the popular romantic view of the highland Piper so O.K. Slightly more worrisome for me is the fact that he doesn't seem to know the difference between his right hand and his left, he must be heavily concussed.
I'm not a fan of the odd poses and the C18 bayonet drill pose is just wrong but I can perhaps see some sense in the others. A while back Italeri made a set of Highlanders with some figures in square. It seemed to me that the figures did not work for a neatly formed square but looked like they were part of a 'rally square' hastily formed by infantry suprised by enemy cavalry e.g. The 42nd at Quatre Bras. This Strelets set has some figures that will work for a properly formed square but the odder poses might fit in the more desperate fight of a rally square.
The kneeling figures are wonderful sculpts, the best in the box, they look really good, but they are GIANTS (not uncommon with kneeling figures).
Your right about the kneeling poses, I hadn't noticed that before!
They look especially large when compared to the misplaced "culloden" pose next to the 1st kneeling figure, as shown on PSR. Oh dear, I hope that issue is rectified for a British infantry in square set, if one is being planned (hope so). Same if Strelets decide to include kneeling poses in a Brunswick or French in square set.
I wonder if these figures would match up with the Waterloo1815 set in square? The kneeling figures definitely. But the standing poses I am not sure about. Between the two sets however, they may just offer a way of building a nice square. The Waterloo1815 set had some standing poses that could of been better. So this set could at least help replace those.....dependent on compatability.
Mike I get what you are saying about set titles etc, however what has made Strelets new Napoleonic range so appealing I think is the decision of concentrating on a specific drill of the day. Now yes some of the more exotic poses have their uses, but taking them from the standpoint of there being as many in a box as the other poses, they then take away from poses that are more essential. As I have mentioned before, we ideally needed at the least 1 more kneeling pose. So the "Culloden" pose for example has thus "got in the way".
As for bayonetting a guy who fell off his horse, if he fell outside the square, he would likely of been left to his fate, as under no terms was it a good idea to leave the square during an attack. If he fell into the square, maybe, but there would be no need to hold the musket so high to bayonet him. The musket would still be held more or less at waist height but just angled downwards, brought back & then thrusted down into the unfortunate individual. As it has been created, its a pose that looks more like someone defending a wall than being part of a square.
A poor quality version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2saolpwN4A) but forward to 4:19
"When you meet a cuirassier, you'll be lucky to bring away your life. Never mind his helmet..."
So, fend 'em off any way you can!! :)
Just a bit of fun, of course, like the film, with it's script composed almost entirely of historical and purported quotes and one-liners.
Just to add my fourpennyworth to the discussion on highlanders in square. Having recently purchased this and the firing line set, I had put them into the to do cupboard patiently awaiting there turn. However following the review from PSR and the subsequent forum discussion, I have prematurely sprung them from there enforced at rest state.
Largely I feel that they fulfill as stated on the box. Where they veer away from the standard fare, well as previously stated there are plenty of others in the Strelets and others back catalogue. Also the variety of poses allows for a bit more realism and modification opportunities. I realise this maybe not quite what a wargamer requires but in trying to satisfy everyone it ends up with very few being fully happy. My major issue with both sets is that the heads seem small. Anyway hopefully they will get painted and at some point arranged in some kind of square. I will say that despite the quality of the detail , I'm with Roger, I hate painting tartan