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Set FC-002

Austrian Hussars Team

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2013
Contents 4 figures and 4 horses
Poses 4 poses, 4 horse poses
Material Resin
Colours White
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

Since hussars had originated in Hungary it was no surprise that many were to be found in the armies of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the wars with Napoleon's France. All hussars were termed 'Hungarian' (as opposed to 'German'), regardless of the actual nationality of the trooper or unit, and they performed the classic light cavalry role throughout the wars. Those in this set have the classic dolman and pelisse, and the hussar boots. Also part of the garb is the shako that was introduced from 1805, and as none of the men have their hair in a queue this is also appropriate for this date onwards. They have full plumes and ornaments on the shako, and no coveralls over their breeches, so these splendid figures are in full dress - a magnificent uniform of which hussars were always proud.

Everything here is accurate, including the horses and their pointed saddlecloths, and just as importantly beautifully rendered. The level of detail is excellent, and the proportions are flawless, making for some very good-looking models. The second horse in the second row looks a bit weird to us, with a small body on excessively long legs, and some of the poses are not as natural as they should be. Nevertheless this is for the most part an exceptional sculpting job. The poses are mostly non combative, which makes sense with the full dress, but these are excellent figures both pleasing to the eye and a good reflection of the men themselves that fought over two centuries ago.

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