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I have loads of those too. The uniforms are unfortunate, but I think what sinks it for me is the silly poses. I was wondering though whether they might do for something South American or Mexican? Or maybe Spanish of some sort?
The Esci/Italeri French Line infantry sets are indeed incorrect for Fusiliers, but they could potentially serve as the 1st Nassau regiment at Waterloo (just paint over the lapels etc). I eventually plan to use them like this if another Nassau set doesn't ever appear.
Also although they lack epaulettes, they could also pose as French Young Guard maybe?
I think I will end up including some in my French army for Waterloo due to a lack of high quality French line infantry in more "active" type poses circa 1813-1815. The HaT Fusiliers look flat, the newer Italeri set is far too chunky for my tastes & mainly that leaves just marching sets from HaT and Waterloo 1815. Don't get me started on the old Airfix French....wierd munchkin men!!!!
As Minuteman suggests, some work with a scalpel and some creativity when painting may help hide some of the issues. In an ideal scenario, someone will bring out a comprehensive set to beat all, that not only has excellent marching, advancing/attacking & firing poses, but also has the correct ratio of fusiliers to flank within the set. Something along the lines of the much better HaT 1805 French in Greatcoats, albeit with a few more active poses and in full uniform rather than greatcoat.
The Esci/Italeri French Guard Grenadiers I don't mind as they are of a similar size and look to Revells excellent French Guards set, but without the greatcoat. So they look like they will blend together well.
I am glad to know that finding additional storage space is something even Papa has to contend with.
Many thanks for the feedback.
Still playing with the idea using the Esci and Italeri line infantry sets as late Saxon infantry.
The Imperial guard infantry (Esci and Airfix) perhaps as Polish grenadiers.
Ah ...the old Airfix French infantry set.......I'm sure that Peter Jackson got his inspiration for the Orcs in LOTR while taking a look at that set.
And yes.......even I have a storage problem.
I gues I'll have to rent another garagebox.
Again many thanks and may the Force be with you (and of course the Lord too).