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Set 21

Napoleonic British Checkpoint

All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2003
Contents 2 figures and 1 horse
Poses 2 poses, 1 horse pose
Material Resin
Colours Grey
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)


You wouldn't think it to look at the title, but anyone familiar with MIR products will not be surprised to learn that for no apparent reason this set is entirely populated by dead people. The man lying on the ground seems to be a British infantryman, and the man lying on the bundle is a cavalryman, probably a dragoon. The horse is suitably equipped for British cavalry.

The main components of this 'checkpoint' are the building and the piles. Taking the building first, it is a small hut with a door and window to the front and a gently sloping tiled roof. Neither the door nor the window moves, and both are solid rather than having gaps in lieu of glass. The building is hollow, and has brickwork etched on the front and side, but the back is without any sculpting or texture. It is about 32mm (2.3 metres) square at the base, and is 23mm (1.65 metres) high at the front, with a door that is 19mm (1.37 metres) tall. As a result even the shortest figure in this scale would have to crouch considerably if they were to enter the building.

The other two large objects would seem to be piles of supplies perhaps, with both being covered by a sheet or similar. The larger, which has the cavalryman on its top, looks much like a wagon that has had its wheels, axles and everything else removed to leave just the main platform and the cargo. Why such a thing might exist is difficult to say, and why a cavalryman would have died on top of it is even more strange. The other pile is much shorter, and from what can be seen is just a pile of wooden crates on a wooden sled, again covered.

The detail on all these parts is fair, though it is difficult to see many uses to which they could be put. Certainly the title of checkpoint seems to misrepresent them as there is really nothing here to suggest a checkpoint at all except the miniaturised hut.

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