If the units are shoulder-arms then they can be marching to the battlefield or on the battlefield, but most of what attracts our eyes is where the actual action happens. Shooting position is okay, but not when they're marching around the battlefield and not engaged.
If the soldiers of a unit are at advancing, or en-garde, or port-arms position, they could be advancing to the attack or in an actual bayonet fight, or just about to throw their muskets to their shoulders and fire off a volley. To me it looks right. It's the universal position.
The most ridiculous thing I have ever seen in pictures of wargames are two opposing infantry units, breast-to-breast in the middle of a melee, with their guns up on their shoulders. What are they doing? Yelling insults at each other? Spitting? Or just trying to be impressive?
The advancing position is my preference, but with the colourful uniforms and the stately progression on a well-terrained wargames table, they all look good to me.
I would imagine the advancing pose has the figure walking whereas the charge shows the figure running. In my ACW armies my favourite pose is right/left shoulder shift, which is how most of a charge was carried out at that time, the musket only being lowered in the last few yards .
We have the muskets normaly in "portez armes!" just before we are close to the enemy and than per the "réglement" first the musket in front of us and than muskets lowered. But that follows completely the "réglement". You Change from one step of "croissez les bayonets" to the next with the next step you do with your feet. To have the arms at your shoulder is the best way to carry the muskets over the battlefield with all those lumps & bumps except "l'arme aux bras".
Maybe it was all different in the 1740s and 50s, because later in the 18th century it was introduced that the soldiers just always had their bayonets fixed on their muskets (I think for good reason). But you may find many occassions from the Age of reason when it is mentioned that the bayonets were fixed by the soldiers shortly before the fight became earnest.
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...
I find the "march attack" poses store easily and tend to have less breakage than more active positions. I do prefer my skirmiishing light infantry to be in firing line poses. One man's meat is another man's poison.
In the middle battle scene of "Glory", both sides go from no bayonets to fixed bayonets without an order uttered or anyone fixing bayonets. The magic of film!
Looking at the figures, funny why there's always at least someone marching out of step! Seriously, these are terrific looking figures. Pricey, too, but worth it for the quality. As for scale, that looks like a 1 Euro Cent Coin they are standing against. If so, I estimate that this range is not '10mm' but roughly 12mm (sole of foot to eyes) or slightly over 13mm (sole of foot to top of bicorne). Would be interesting to see more figures added to the range.
Yeah, I saw that thanks, Andy, and their Belgian WW1 range does look OK alongside the Pendraken range you used in your illustration. I know, even within the Pendraken ranges, there are some different sized figures (due to either 'old' and 'new' ranges or different sculptors - and I could be wrong but I'm told their fantasy figures might also be slightly larger than their historical). I've also seen scale creep with other manufacturers (e.g., AB 18mm). Nevertheless, it is slightly puzzling trying to assess what size these figures are in actual fact.
a) Van Dyck figures are all sculpted by the same person.
b) He is very insistent in his blurb that all his figures are a consistent 1/144th scale. He shows his models next to measuring tools and he also goes to the trouble of modelling equipment separately to ensure accuracy. I think this is one reason why the production of new figures is so slow. Not too bad if you're in your 20s and determined to build armies using those figures. Not so good if, like me, you’re in your mid-60s. Thank goodness one of his first models was the Belgian Minerva armoured car (still the only one available in that scale to my knowledge).