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Set 8036

British Light Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2001
Contents 48 figures
Poses 8 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Tan
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)


The British learned the usefulness of light infantry during the wars in North America in the eighteenth century, and by the end of the Napoleonic Wars had several such dedicated units. Somewhat eclipsed by the more famous green-clad rifles, these men nonetheless performed excellent work.

The eight poses include one standing man who is firing high, and there are two very similar advancing poses, which seems a waste in a set with only eight poses in total. The officer pose does not seem right as he is holding his sword in front of his face, which looks peculiar.

The uniform was similar to the regular line infantry, and has been properly represented here. Light infantry retained the stovepipe shako longer than other units, so these are appropriate for a considerable portion of the Wars. The shako is correctly shown with the tuft at the front and the bugle badge.

The main problem with this set is the standard of sculpting, which is not equal to most others from this manufacturer. For example, neither of the firing figures is gripping his musket with his left hand properly, but is instead supporting it from beneath, which would not make for a stable firing position. Another area where the sculptor or mould-maker struggled was the shakos. All the figures seem to have peaks moulded, but in many cases these are simply thin rims that barely protrude from the body of the shako, and certainly would not protect the wearer from sun or rain. The man advancing with musket across his stomach has managed to wear a shako that is too small for him, and sits high on his head. This figure also has his rolled blanket inserted through the back of his neck until it practically touches his jaw.

These figures are well detailed, and all the elements that distinguish light infantry, like the sharply curved sword of the officer, are present, so the research has been done well. They also provide very useful opportunities for later (Waterloo) British infantry who had not received the belgic shako, and possibilities for painting as Spanish infantry and others. However some of the figures are just plain ugly, and though they are accurate enough to do the job, they are never likely to be the centrepiece of any diorama or collection.


Historical Accuracy 9
Pose Quality 7
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 5
Mould 8

Further Reading
"British Infantry Equipments 1808-1908" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.107) - Mike Chappell - 9780850453744
"British Napoleonic Uniforms" - Spellmount - Carl Franklin - 9781862274846
"The Thin Red Line" - Windrow & Greene - DSV & BK Fosten - 9781872004006
"Wellington's Infantry (2)" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.119) - Bryan Fosten - 9780850454192
"Wellington's Peninsula Regiments (2) The Light Infantry" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.400) - Mike Chappell - 9781841764030

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