04 November 2001
This thumbnail review came about as a result of an inquiry by Martin Blow, a professional painter who runs Mr Tin's Workshop. He was asking about suitable figures for the "Desert Column" and Eureka's range was mentioned. Most people are unfamiliar with the range so I thought I'd post some pics. These figures are part of Eureka's "300 Club" and are coded 300HBC 01 to 25 (with more on the way). Here they are (the ruler is graduated in 1/2 mm):
The uniforms and equipment on these figures is as accurate as you can get. This is because Mike Broadbent, the sculptor, was able to use the resources of the Australian War Memorial for reference. And they include life-sized mannequins of a mounted ALH trooper and Turkish soldier dressed in the original uniforms. The way the riders are made enables more variation in the figure, as you can mix and match mounts to riders and also alter the angle at which they're joined. There's also up to five variations in pose that I could find. Other figures in the range, including Italian Alpini, Serbs and other esoteric types, are either in production or in the pipeline. Check Eureka's site for news.
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