|This a 24 figure converged light infantry unit. I based them on 20mm X 40mm bases from Litko.|
Another issue is the casting differences between metal and plastic figures. When a metal figure is in an advancing pose, the arms are usually molded close to the body. The arms become part of the body, and that's that. Certain parts aren't paintable and we don't worry about it. Plastic figures are different. With the arms glued on separately, every part of the figure is accessible . . . sort of. It's still hard to reach everything with a brush, so I painted what I could.
That said, Victrix figures are very nicely detailed. The figures are well proportioned. The shakos are nicely shaped, with nice cords and plate. The myriad belts and straps are all there, and it's pretty clear which is which. The muskets are nice, though the barrel was a bit too fine for me to blackline. The face is nice, but very small. I went with a simple wash for the face and hands rather than trying to brush detail it.
|A somewhat tighter look. Most of my units are based 40mm X 40mm, but because they can form a single line, i.e. extended order, they are on the shallower bases.|
If I have one beef with these figures, it is the figure mix. In the effort to provide considerable figure variety, Victrix has made it more difficult for those of us who create units on stands. What do I mean? For each figure sprue (there are basically four sprues per box, with another four sprues of equipage,) there are two in a march/attack pose. That means eight march/attack figures per box. There are similar numbers of firingish (yes I know that's not a word, but you get it.) Some figures advancing plus command figures. It seems to me I should be able to cobble together three 32 figure units out of three boxes of miniatures boasting 52 figures per box. Yet, that's not at all clear to me. The figure selection is great if I'm mounting them individually, but if I'm mounting them four to a base, there needs to be a bit more uniformity.
I did manage to complete the three War of 1812 units I had on the docket this summer and I'm going to fiddle with some mounted troops from my Mississippi and HYW projects before painting more Baltimore militia types.