As war loomed in 1939, the Polish Army had eleven cavalry brigades. Each had a horse artillery battery made up of 3 or 4 troops, each of two platoons of two guns. The guns were mostly 75mm types, and all were still drawn by horses.
This set does not come with any sort of gun but just a handful of crew figures as shown. None of the poses really look much like they are interacting with the gun, but instead half are simply handling ammunition. Arms and hands are being held close to the body, and these are empty, allowing either the supplied shells or rifles to be placed according to need. However it would be more correct to say these items are placed in the vicinity, since the hands do not convince as holding anything. The first figure looks to be in charge of the piece, and the next two are holding the items, but we could not work out the function of the last man. He has one hand on his belt and the other on his gasmask case strap – not a pose we would have thought useful, or indeed particularly likely.
The sculpting of these figures is pretty self-evident from our photos, and matches some other recent releases in this series. The basic human proportions are not some of the best around, and while there is reasonable detail it is fairly soft, while some of the faces are quite poor. The figures come in multiple parts, mainly separate heads and arms. The second and fourth pictured poses have separate heads, which we always struggle to attach well (as can be seen), mainly because the head is such a small and fiddly component to trim and prepare. All the parts merely fit flat surface to flat surface, so all need gluing, and while there is some limited room for adjustment, it is tricky to match the parts up well. The plastic is nice and hard so gluing is solid, and there was no flash on our samples. However we did find quite a large sink hole in the back of one officer, which may not be on all copies but still spoils the look.
The uniform is correctly done, beginning with the helmet styled on the French Adrian model which most of the horse artillery wore at this date (although the shape here is not particularly good). The standard tunic and breeches are fine, as are the long boots. Belts are correct too, and for most of the poses the only other equipment is the rifle pouches and the gasmask cannister, which is fine.
The figures also came with rather large circular bases, which we have omitted here to make photography easier. However it would be fair to say that we did not warm to this set, particularly the unimpressive sculpting and the strange poses. Good accuracy is important, and as game pieces these have their place in the Polish Army of 1939, but it is hard to imagine anyone finding these particular miniatures either attractive or realistic when deployed around their gun.