15 June 2002
These miniatures were sent to me by John Baxter of Victoria. I'd seen Freikorps' SYW figures previously, but not these two ranges. These figures are available in the US from Outland Games.
The figures were cast in what I think is a lead-free pewter, though the metal is neither as hard, nor as bright, as that used by Qualiticast. There was a little bit of flash present but virtually no moulding seems. The Mexican Adventure figures measured 15 mm from sole to eye (amazing, a 15 mm figure that actually scales out at 15 mm!) while the FPW figures were slightly over 16 mm.
The proportions of most of the foot figures were good, while the horses are very thick through the body, making the riders look stubby. The horses let this range down badly, being very poorly done. The Prussian FPW infantryman also seemed a little squat and "Foundry-like". Animation of the figures wasn't bad, if a little wooden in a couple of cases. The Prussian Uhlan shown below is cast with an open right hand, presumably for a wire lance to be added- a nice idea (says someone sick of soldering broken lances back on to a figure, but who's too "energy efficient" to replace them with wire).
The samples John sent included some casualty stands, which would prove useful for other periods. My favourite was a Mexican lancer, laying on the ground beside his broken lance.
The Mexican Adventure French infantry, which would also suit for French Foreign Legion in most parts of the world, as well as some ACW types, were a mixed bag. Some were obviously older, less well animated examples. Others were very nicely done.
The detail on the figures is quite good and I'll recommend them, but only as "stand alone" troops. Their smaller size means they'll not be compatible with most other ranges, if any, restricting their utility. A quick look at Freikorps web site shows that you should be able to get everything you need at the one place, however, so this shouldn't be a problem.
Rating: 4.5 to 8.0