The box of lead Scott delivered contained several bags for my Spanish-American War project and a few sample packs of Old Glory's 2nd Edition Napoleonics. I have a number of manufactures in the 28mm Peninsular War project but no Old Glory. Scott's positive comments about 2nd Edition figures convinced me to give them a try.
As a comparative exercise, I lined up the different unpainted manufacturers used thus far in this project. Well, all unpainted save for the primered Sash & Saber figure! I added a AWI Perry figure since I have no Perry Napoleonics and a Fire & Drum (ex-Minden) SYW Prussian.
|25/28mm Napoleonic Figure Comparison|
Even within manufacturers, size differences exist. Compare the size differences of the two Brigade Games' French figures on the far right. Even the Front Rank French legere looks larger than his British comrade. If one manufacturer is not consistent within its own line, how can we expect different manufacturers to exactly match? I don't think we can. Besides, soldiers come in varying heights and weights. It would be nice if the equipment size was consistent.
For stockiness, Elite takes top honors with the Front Rank French legere coming in a close second. The Old Glory Brit is so slender, he probably would not cast a shadow! Upon close inspection on the gaming table, the Front Rank legere looks noticeably larger than the Sash & Saber figures but the Front Rank Brit does not. At gaming distances these differences disappear. I suppose part of that could be an illusion due to the larger shako and massive plume. The Old Glory Brit standing alongside the Elite Frenchman makes the Brit look puny. The slender build of the Old Glory figure reminds me of the proportions of the Fife & Drum SYW Prussian.
When I opened the packets, first thing that struck me was how slender the figures are modeled. Legs and arms are especially scrawny. To me, the proportion of the arms-to-body seem slightly out of whack. That is, the arms appear too short. Otherwise, the detail of the figure is quite nice. We will see how they look on the gaming table once painted and based.
|Old Glory 2nd Edition British|