Warlord Games, having bought out Wargames Factory, have now issued a starter army of 28mm plastic Marlburian figures. The contents are 96 infantry, 15 cavalry, 3 artillery and crew and 3 generals, plus a selection of Alliance and French flags. They are advertised on the Warlord Games site for £85. However, Dave Ryan of Caliver Books is offering them for £76.50. Caliver normally ship figures in the UK post free, so he may well be worth contacting.
Post by WS Pursuivant Esq on Feb 14, 2017 8:54:51 GMT
I saw an example of the painting guide supplied in another Factory AWI product. It looked like miniature Funcken book. What does the Marlburian one look like? Comprehensive regiments? Accurate? Does it cover all troop types supplied or just the infantry.?
Call me old fashioned but I am still struggling with the plastic vs metal question to invest the time and effort to paint at this scale vs. Cost difference.
The box contains 96 infantry, 12 cavalry, 3 guns and crews, 3 mounted generals.
Infantry sprue - most bodies are marching with musket on left shoulder - the bayonet is fixed. The heads include tricorns, some slightly less formal tricorns, some with feather attached, tall, short and fur mitres. Separate belly boxes for grenadiers, hangars. There are also parts, including bewigged heads, for making officers, ensigns and drummers.
Cavalry sprues - horses with separate blanket roll. Figure sprue includes arms with sword or pistol. Three bodies on each sprue have full cuirass. The heads include tricorns, grenadier caps, helmeted cuirassier heads. Each sprue can make up an officer, ensign and bugler. There are also separate slung carbines to make up dragoon units, plus French style fur dragoon heads.
Artillery sprue - three guns can be made up from a selection of 12 lb and 8 lb tubes. The tubes also have separate dolphin handles and markings, such as French coat of arms or British etc. One is generic. The crew bodies come with separate heads, which unusually are not in tricorns, but the floppier 1690s style hat. Arms are carrying a variety of artillery equipment. There are also stacks of cannonballs, powder barrels and boxes. Also on the sprue are three mounted general officers with parts for pointing, waving sword, waving a feather-trimmed tricorn. The bare head and hatted heads are all in perriwigs.
The guides - there are five in total, Alliance infantry, Alliance Cavalry, French infantry, French cavalry, Artillery. Each includes a brief description, an illustration of a unit, photos of painted figures to show a variety of uniforms as well as a breakdown of each of the parts on the sprues. The infantry and cavalry guides also include a variety of infantry, cavalry and dragoon flags, beautifully produced in the style which uses shading to show billowing.
My box, from Caliver books, cost £74.50 post free. A word of warning - if you go to the Caliver site ignore the illustration of the box on the opening page, as clicking on this does not give free postage for some reason. Instead go to the C18th Wargames figures section and buy from there to get the £74.50 price.
Just a short addendum. Today I was shown an original WF infantry sprue. It was a lot smaller than the WG version. It only had two marching bodies, one set of legs and four armless torsos. It did have 15 different heads and some things which WG have not included on the new sprue. These were two arms holding grenades with appropriate left arms, in order to make a grenadier throwing and another alternative of lighting the grenade. There was an alternative marching left arm with shouldered musket and one pair of arms aiming a musket as well as a separate musket with sling for the grenadier using grenade. It was also drawn to my attention that the standard pole has one end with tassels and the other with a spearhead (this is in the old and new formats). This means one end can be removed to produce a standard pole, or the other end can be removed to produce a pike for very early or GNW armies. It would appear that GW have attempted to cut down on waste by providing a significantly larger number of marching bodies on a sprue for the rank and file. There are a couple of clenched fist right arms in the new set and with a left arm, legs, torso, grenadier head and attached grenade bag the throwing grenadier can still be produced, especially if a slung musket from the new cavalry sprue is used, but there is no indication of this in the supplied leaflet.
Post by WS Pursuivant Esq on Feb 25, 2017 23:20:26 GMT
Sounds like I need to take these packs more seriously. I gamed in a time where you judged a soldier by "his metal".
Plastic wargaming figures were just that...plastic usually in a rather greasy material with high PE content. Painting was always a problem and risked exfoliation if the figure was bent. So if you were investing your time then it was better to do this on a rigid metal foundation.
Your description of box content and multipart variety shows that the stay of the art of plastic figures has moved on significantly.
I think it's time I made an investment in an infantry box and see what its all about for myself.
The plastic is rigid, not like the old Airfix 20mm figures. It takes a spray undercoat extremely well and, contrary to what I expected, keeps the paint better than metal. I put my figures together using the Revell plastic cement that comes in a container with a long metal nozzle. This makes it much easier to apply the cement precisely where you want it.
I also meant to mention that I have constructed a grenadier lighting a grenade using an open right hand and a clenched fist left hand. In the open right hand I glued one of the cannonballs from the artillery sprue. I also slung a musket over his shoulder using the musket from the cavalry pack. As I am initially modelling British troops I intend to spray the figures using Army Painter Dragon Red. This is a darkish crimson colour. I will then shade using the methods described in Javier Gomez' book, 'Painting Wargaming figures.