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Set FR-001

Austrian Hussars Command

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2013
Contents 3 figures and 3 horses
Poses 3 poses, 3 horse poses
Material Resin
Colours White
Average Height 23.5 mm (= 1.7 m)

Review

This command set contains three figures - an officer, trumpeter and standard-bearer. All are wearing what might be described as classic hussar uniform, which is hardly surprising since this is 'Hungarian' cavalry. The usual dolman and pelisse are here of course, as are the breeches and Hungarian boots. From the shape of the shakos these look to be suitable for around 1805 onwards, and the absence of any queues on the men seems to confirm this dating. The exquisite trappings on the shakos and the lack of any discernible covers over the legs suggest these men are in full dress, and few uniforms could be more spectacular than that of a hussar in full dress.

The subject is quite beautiful but so too is the sculpting of these figures. Even the smallest of details seems to have been included, and where appropriate the items are delicate and thin, so for example the pole for the standard is beautifully slender, even though that does make this piece of resin particularly fragile. The proportions are great, and all the clothing looks entirely natural, so this is flawless sculpting which also has virtually no flash (although resin flash is easy to simply brush away anyway). The horses too are splendid examples of the species and the craft, with great physique and reasonable poses. The saddles and various clothing are all properly done, and the men fit the appropriate animal perfectly.

While delicate resin pieces such as these will not tolerate much abuse they make for fantastic little models that cannot fail to be admired. As one of the first products from this new company the quality bodes extremely well for future output, making these something many collectors will find of great interest.

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