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A Call To Arms

Set 57

British Infantry Zulu War

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2001
Contents 32 figures
Poses 8 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Light Tan
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)


Accompanying the set of Zulus comes this set of British Infantry, which is once again a scaled down copy of this manufacturer's 1:32 figures.

As with the Zulus, these figures are of the highest quality, beautifully sculpted and looking very natural. The private standing firing is a good example - he is clearly leaning into the shot, making him much more realistic than the stiff upright posture we usually see. The figure thrusting down with his bayonet is also very well done, as such a manoeuvre is very difficult to model without either having mould undercut or large amount of ugly surplus plastic. The marching figure carries full kit, but none of the others do, as you would expect.

The detail is crisp and there is little or no surplus plastic to remove. Of course these figures can be used for many British colonial episodes in Africa and India during the later part of the 19th Century.

The corresponding Esci set boasts almost twice as many poses, and is a fine set, but for quality of figures this excellent set is the top of the pile.


Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 10
Pose Number 5
Sculpting 10
Mould 9

Further Reading
"British Forces in Zululand 1879" - Osprey (Elite Series No.32) - Ian Knight - 9781855321090
"British Infantry Equipments 1808-1908" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.107) - Mike Chappell - 9780850453744
"British Infantryman in South Africa 1877-81" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.83) - Ian Castle - 9781841765556
"Isandlwana 1879" - Osprey (Campaign Series No.111) - Ian Knight - 9781841765112
"Rorke's Drift 1879" - Osprey (Campaign Series No.41) - Ian Knight - 9781855325067
"Soldier's Accoutrements of the British Army 1750-1900" - The Crowood Press - Pierre Turner - 9781861268839
"The Thin Red Line" - Windrow & Greene - DSV & BK Fosten - 9781872004006
"The Zulu War" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.57) - Angus McBride - 9780850452563
"The Zulu War" - Blandford - Michael Barthorp - 9780713710052
"Uniforms and Weapons of the Zulu War" - Batsford - Christopher Wilkinson-Latham - 9780713406474

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