In his World Encyclopedia of Model Soldiers, John G. Garratt had this to say about semi-flat toy soldiers, "They are neither one thing nor the other, and have no qualities to recommend them." Mr. Garratt's snooty dismissal may well apply to some bastard offspring of flats and rounds, but not all. This French Dragoon is the latest addition to the Scad Franco-Prussian War molds and it's a good one. Casting is easy and the base wider and more stable than most of the Scads. All figures here painted in acrylics as usual.
I also got two smallish sets of 40mm Spenkuch French and Prussians from Berliner Zinfiguren. The French are probably just what John Garratt had in mind, mediocre stuff and not worth showing here. I had in mind to use the command figures for the Scad line infantryman but they don't match well at all, either stylistically or in scale.
These Prussians are clearly superior to the French. They are 42mm from feet to the eyes, with some undeniable toy soldier appeal.
The good news is they seem to be currently in production. The bad news: Berliner Zinnfiguren charging collectors 36 Euros per set of 10 slim castings. While Berliner Zinnfiguren taking possession of the Spenkuch molds was obviously a preferable outcome to the whole legacy getting lost, locked away in a museum or sold off to private collectors, I have to take issue with some of their pricing decisions.
So for Prussian infantry (and artillery), short of pirating the BZ Prussians I am pretty well stuck at the moment. I'd like to stick with flats or semi-flats for this project, as opposed to mixing with Schildkrot, Irregular or STS. Keeping an eye out for the 45mm Schneider replica molds may be my best bet. In the meantime, full speed ahead with the 30mm.
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Nice Prussians! Sorry to hear they are nice and expensive too.ReplyDelete
Thanks very much, Simon.ReplyDelete
Like these Prussian !ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mosstrooper. The castings are pretty cool, even sculpted to facilitate rosy-cheeked toy soldier painting for those who prefer that style.ReplyDelete
That dragoon is marvelous!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Ross. I agree, to my eyes it's a very good sculpt. I think the horse really makes it, spirited and well-proportioned.ReplyDelete
The only weakness is the attachment of the hooves to the base, care must be taken when sawing off the excess lead from the bottom of the base, I broke the first casting that way.