Monday, May 27, 2013
Prussian Infantry of 1848 - 28mm Flats
Here's another set of old Heinrichsen flats, #3099, originally issued in 1853. As can be seen in the above photo, they are quite diminutive. Nominally 28mm, they measure 25mm from the feet to the eyes. The quality of these antique designs never ceases to amaze me, could have been newly issued by a flats editor last year and no one could say they're crude or overly toylike.
The set contains 21 figures, an officer and 20 infantrymen in 4 poses of 5 figures each. That is, the two seen below and two other figures firing and loading. I got two sets so as to match identical figures in each rank which will make for two battalions when completed. The small size of the figures makes the work go quickly even when painting them with reasonable care. Painted in acrylics.
There's a couple of enticing ways I can go with these 28-30mm figures. First, borrowing shamelessly from John Bertolini's "Great European War of 1850" concept, I could eventually make three armies, French, Austrian and Prussian (or German Confederation). Old school rules like Featherstone's seem right for this. Secondly, something circa 1900 with a Funny Little Wars flavor is another possibility. Although shooting down my figures with a spring gun is off limits, no doubt less violent artillery rules could be substituted.