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Defending the indefensible, that is a truly appalling set and was probably the low point for Airfix,but I believe the intention of that terrible pose was to be a salute.
The thing is, he is correctly realized for an officer with a sword (hat removed, arms spread from the sides, one foot back) but the flag salute is totally different, being dipped in an overarm fashion with the staff held above the head, angled forward (like that annoying bayonet thrust pose that we are too often saddled with).
I used the crawling figures as casualty markers, and the standing shooting pose as SYW Hungarians; the drummer's nicely done, but the rest really only fit for the bin.
Interesting that they split the audience (this sub-set of it at least).
I find that they have a timeless quality. Excellent firing and loading poses and a range of other poses that at first seemed 'useless' and then came more and more into their own with changing needs and mores of the hobby (as Graham noted).
Getting a mounted officer and coupla foot ones in each box? Superb. Those 'useless' casualty carrying and prone figures, ripe for conversions, casualty figures or other markers. The 'high port' figure I was less enamoured with, I must admit...
None of the more modern versions have outdone them for uniformed versions of the intended subject, nor for application to early- mid-18th C. Even as early Napoleonic Spanish or Sardinians prior to having better options in the past 3–5 years!
For the Airfix GWA set I have carefully removed the flag to make an artillery man and the Mounted Officers are used as Musicians for my Hussar regiments. With the British Grenadiers the Mounted Officers have become Horse Greadier Guards, they work equally well as Scot's Greys. In this scale the only difference is the colour of the horse: a Cavalry Black or a Grey. Also I painted the whole box as British Fusiliers with a GWA Foot Officer with a head sxop to lead them. In this guise the Standard Bearer is appropriate. It´s only reading these forums that I realised that the GWA with their legwear could stand in hor Hungarians.