Once again, we attempt to answer the age-old question, gumbo or stew? Here are side-by-side shots of British infantry, painted up as the Kings Royal Yorkers. You can see the 2nd New York Continentals at the bottom of the page. Finally, the last two shots show all the figures ranked up as a unit. These, and the Continentals, were painted by Piers Brand, of Achtung Painting. All the other figures were painted by Aaron Tobul of Four Color Miniatures.
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- Polly Oliver: This figure is provided as a common reference point for each of the side-by-side shots. Gamers have long lamented the demise of Polly Oliver and now I see why. Great anatomy and good detail, what’s not to like?
- Essex Miniatures: A different look for Essex, less squat than their other lines. I may have to look at Essex more closely outside of Napoleonics.
- Jeff Valent: The old “Washington’s Wars” range is back under Jeff Valent. Somewhat variable, but can be quite good. And one of the best values around.
- Old Glory: Shorter than he looks (he’s standing on quite a rock) but meaty,and that hat looks like it is just about ready to take off.
- Freikorps: A nice figure - well proportioned, nicely detailed.
- Irregular: A tad squat for my taste but otherwise a nice figure, and a true 15 mm from boot sole to eye no less!
- Lancashire Games: A giant among men. It’s not just his 18 mm from boot sole to eye, it’s his overall proportions. The strange pose of his right arm also makes him look especially massive in the chest.
- Minifigs: True to form, crisp and clean (sounds like a beer ad - why am I suddenly thirsty?). The bayonet needs to be clipped - it measure a full 7 mm in length!
- Musket Miniatures: I know a supermodel who would kill for those legs! The most complete range available, the legs tend to be a bit undersized. Still, an otherwise very nice figure.
Here is a line up of American Infantry: