Review of figures for the eras that is of interest here
Ok, I will admit it at once. I'm no expert painter and no expert on what equipment was carried where and during what particular era. I paint figures because I like it. To me the top criteria is that the uniforms on the figures are fairly accurate to the uniform that I'm trying to paint, the poses are looking realistic, that the casting is good and that the price per figure is ok.
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Falcon Figures UK (Former "The Quartermaster") is the only manufacturer for this particular period. They have an almost complete line in 15 mm for the Swedish and Russian army. What is lacking is the Savolax infantry, Savolax jaegers and some Russian Garrison troops.
Each pack cost $ 4,00. To that you have to add a handling fee of $5,00 or 10% and postage. If you live in Europe you will also have to be prepared to pay custom fee's and VAT before you can pick up the box.
In general the figures are a bit bulky and on some of the Swedish figures the arms and legs look like they are just a little too short. The Russians don't suffer from this.
The casting isn't perfect but there is not too much flesh to clear off. From what I can judge, all the figures have the right uniforms and with quite good details so it's easy to paint them. The poses are good with one exception, the Savolax jaeger. The legs on this figure is fragile and I lost two figures from the first pack merely by trying to file the bases flat. My second complaint on that figure is that the pose is impossible! The figure looks like he is running against full storm and at the same time he is trying to aim his rifle from his shoulder. Try that if you can!
To sum it up:
If you like to do this period there is just Falcon Figures to buy. It's not bad since the figures have personality and are don't give you too much extra work, with the exception of the Savolax jaeger that should be resculpted at once.
Falcon Figures UK (Former "The Quartermaster") have a a large number of figures for the "Nappy-wars", including Swedish, Russian and Danish.
So far I have not seen any of the Danish figures and just a few of the Swedish and Russians, but based upon what I have seen they are all intended for the later period (1812-15). Just as the 1788-90 range the figures are a bit bulky, not in a bad way but I don't know if they will work together with slimmer figs like Minifigs.
The figures are a little bit more expensive then similar European produced figures. If you plan to import these figures to Europe you will most likely also have to pay national VAT before you can pick up the package at the post office.
Out of the Swedish line I have bought line infantry, light infantry, dragoons in bicone, artillery crew, generals and hussars. To the infantry I also bought the command packs.
The line infantry is clearly intended for the later period as they are wearing long pants instead of the over knee gaiters but if you wish it's easy to trim the legs to the right shape before you paint them. There are two different packs of line infantry but both are sculped as marching with the musket to their shoulder. The difference between the two figures are neglectable so one can really wonder why they are sold separately. The command pack comes with officers, colour bearers and a drummers, two of each.
The figures are in general well sculped and has some nice details, HOWEVER... the moulds are probably quite old and worn, and that has a serious impact on casting quality. There is a lot of flesh to remove and it is notable on several of the figures that the two halves of the mould doesn't really fit anymore. Once cleaned up the figures are easy to paint and they look good on the table.
The light infantry is wearing the over knee gaiters so they fit perfectly as 1808-09 jaegers! There is just one pose so if you want your bases to have that skirmishing look, you really want to mix them with some other figures. The command pack comes with three officers in bicone and three buglers. The figures look good but the pack is still dead wrong. To the best of my knowledge, the bicone was only used by dragoons and high ranking officers, and I have not seen any info that the Swedish jaegers used bugles instead of drums. Just as the line infantry, the light infantry suffer from the same casting problem and require a lot of cleaning. Once painted they are nice to look at.
The dragoon pack provide four figures of the same pose. A trooper sitting on his mount, waiting for orders to go into action, thus having his sabre drawn. These are really nice figures and does not suffer from the same casting problem as the infantry, but have their own problem. None of the four I received had a complete sabre, just a little stump. . . pity.
The artillery crew comes with four poses which is good. Not too much flesh to clean up here. Just like the line infantry these figures are in long pants but if you are handy with your knife you can change that. The cannon on the photo is a 3-pounder from Freikorps.
The generals comes in two shapes, two with a larger plume in the bicone and cartridge bag slung over the shoulder and one with a smaller plume but fancier uniform. Crisp and clear casting and nice details to the sculpt.
Finally the hussars. Initially I bought these for my 1788-90 army as the uniform is more or less the same for the two periods. There is one pose, trooper with drawn sabre and galloping just about to close with the opponent. Speed, action, fine details and good casting.
To sum it up: The Falcon Figures Swedes cover the basic needs for the 1808-09 campaign. They have a great potential as the masters for most of the figures are looking relly good but be prepared to spend time on cleaning the infantry before you can start paint. Depending on what look you want on your bases you may also want to have a look at other manufactures to find figures to mix in.
Out of the Russian line I have bought line infantry, light infantry, senior officers and artillery crew. To the infantry I also bought the command packs.
As one can see on the pictures, all Russian regular troops are wearing the later version of the shako so for those who wants their figures to be as close to the real thing, the Falcon Figures Russians is not for you. Still I painted them in a style that looks close enough for the 1808-09 campaign.
In general I think these figures hold a pretty high quality ( I'm not an expert of the uniforms and equipment, so I can not tell if there is anything wrong there). The figures are nicely sculped, does not suffer from any major casting problems. There is not much flesh to trim away and the paintjob is easy. I like them!.
The Musketeer advancing, the musketeer march attack, jaeger and Moscow militia packs has only one pose each. On the line infantry bases I think it works well to mix the figures to create a feeling of some action but having just one pose for the jaeger bases isn't enough. I would really liked to been able to mix in some figures that is firing.
The pack called Senior officer gives you 2 mounted officers (casted separately from the horse) and 3 figures standing and pointing. They hold the same quality as the infantry, and again, they are easy to paint and I like the result.
Finally we have the foot artillery pack. The pack holds 6 figures and they are all in different poses (thanks for that!). As with the others nicely sculped and lovely to paint. The cannons are made by Freikorps but I can't remember what they are. 12 pounders maybe?
To sum it up: The Falcon Figures Russians are probably well suited for building an army for 1813 or something. They look good and I liked to paint them, however, they don't fit into the 1808-09 war.
Old Glory 15mm have three bags of Swedish Napoleonic's, each of them comes with 50 figures. I have ordered the NSW01 (Swedish Infantry) and the bag did actually contain 52 figs.
The figures in general:
The figures are all dressed up in a uniform that appears to be the m/1806-07 uniform as the figures are sculped with coats without plastrons and the hat is having a small cockade at the front. However there are some details that does not fit to either the m/1802 or the m/1806-07 uniforms. The figures are wearing shorter gaiters and the left brim on the hat is smaller then regulated. None of these differences are from my point of view any major problem. They could all be used for regular line infantry and for all jaeger units except the Savolax jaegers.
The casting is ok, the details are clear and the figures are easy to clean up before priming. In both style and size the figures should mix well with the Falcon figures.
My main big issue is the metal used for the casting. It's brittle and there was several of the bayonets and plumes that broke and fell of either during the shipping or as I was preparing the figures for painting. Not good!
The bag contained the following:
Miniature figurines (aka Minifig) have a large collection of figures in 15 mm for the Napoleonic wars, including Swedes and Russians. Minifig had some problems in 2008-09 but the situation was saved as Caliver books bought the company. The production is up and running and as far as I can tell, they are doing a great job. The casting is ok. There are some extra flesh here and there to trim of and on one or two figures, the metal has not really made it's way all the way into the moulds, resulting in a short sabre or a lost hand. I guess the casters will learn how to avoid this so I'm not too upset on this. The metal is soft and flexible so there is little risk of loosing bayonets that have been bent.
Swedish line infantry - there are the five standard packs of 8 figures in each, Command, Shooting (standing), shooting (kneeling), advancing and marching. The line infantry is noted as in uniform 1807 but that is not true. To the 1807 uniform (and all relevant earlier versions) the soldiers wore black "over the knee" gaiters, and as these figures are dressed in long pants I would rather say that they are in the 1810 uniform. It's easy to trim the pants with a knife before painting so its no big deal. The figures mix well with the lines of Falcon figures and Old Glory 15mm.
I had to admit that ordering a sample bag from Baccus 6mm Russian line was a wild shot. My only experience with 6mm models are modern tanks and infantry. For vehicles 6mm works fine but the modern infantry was just a bunch of metal blobs, but as 6mm could be a good alternative to 15 mm I wanted to give them a try.
The good thing about this scale is that you don't have to worry too much on details such as painting buttons or if the figures are modelled with long pants or gaiters. Instead you can focus on the general appearance.
Compared to a 15 mm army, one in 6 mm should be cost effective and faster to paint up and my guess is that the bases should look good on the table once you get used to the size of the figures. Baccus6mm have a good line of Russians but no Swedes but if there is an interest I'm sure that this might come to a change.
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