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Set 8

Dead Soldiers From Waterloo

All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2002
Contents 14 figures and 2 horses
Poses 7 poses, 1 horse pose
Material Resin
Colours Red
Average Height 22 mm (= 1.58 m)


Having produced casualty figures for World Wars I and II, it seems only natural that MIR would do likewise for another favourite subject, the Battle of Waterloo.

These seven poses feature a number of French and British soldiers lying on the field of battle. There are two British infantry - one lying with sword still in hand and one lying over a gun barrel. The latter figure is nicely done, and may be an attempt to portray a sergeant as a sergeant's pike rests nearby and there is a suggestion of a sash around the waist. The other British infantryman must be an officer as he still holds a sword, but he has not been well sculpted at all. The third British figure is the downed cavalryman, who seems to be a dragoon. He is trapped under his horse and has lost his right hand. The legs of the horse have not been convincingly done as they bend sharply to avoid gaps between them and the base. However you could argue that they are simply broken.

Three of the four dead Frenchmen are line infantry figures. One is an officer as he still has his sword in his hand, while another has no visible weapon. The third has fallen with one hand resting on an eagle. Whether or not he is actually the bearer of this flag, it would be very unlikely for an eagle to stay on the ground like this for very long. Other French soldiers would be very keen to recover the flag and either use it to inspire their comrades or at least save it from capture. Needless to say, the enemy would be equally keen to get hold of the eagle as a very important trophy.

The man propped up against a barrel appears to be an Imperial Guardsman. His left arm has been severed at the shoulder, and the lower part of this arm now lies beside him. Despite his injury, and indeed the title of this set, he still exhibits signs of life, though he is unlikely to last long as he would be losing blood very quickly.

In general the figures are fairly well sculpted and quite detailed, apart from the British man already mentioned. Some of the poses are a little unnatural-looking, but they serve their purpose. The man leaning against the barrel is the best of the bunch, though the cavalryman is the most unusual. Some sets have included downed horses in the past, but as far as we are aware this is the first time that a dead cavalryman has been made.

Napoleonic battles were bloody affairs if only because of the very large numbers involved on both sides. To convey the full horror of such an event these sorts of casualty figures are a necessary item.

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