To complete their Thirty Years War range, Revell produced this Swedish Cavalry set. As with the other sets, they excelled themselves and laid down a tough benchmark by which other cavalry sets can be measured.
This set delivers a handsome 12 mounted poses and an astonishing eight horse poses. The men are a mixture of arquebusiers, cuirassiers and those termed 'light horsemen', a Swedish innovation. All are armed with either sword or pistol, and there is a mixture of helmets of various types, and hats. Costume was by no means uniform at the time, but everything here looks great. The chosen poses are well executed and realistic, and even include a trumpeter and a man carrying the company cornet (standard), accurately modeled on the usual fluted lance. The two cuirassiers are particularly impressive and very well done, but would have been a rare site indeed in the Swedish army, being much more likely to be in the armies of the Imperialists. This nicely illustrates that the figures in this set, like those in the others, work equally well in the armies of any of the combatants, or in any Western army of the early 17th century.
Eight horse poses seems, and is, a rare extravagance, but it is a pity that all are galloping. Certainly a splendid cavalry charge can be constructed, but it would have been nice to see walking or even stopped horses simply to allow more possibilities for dioramas etc. It must be remembered that a lot of cavalry activities required the horse to be just trotting or even standing still, and this was true particularly of the Imperial cavalry, which used the older fire by turns tactic rather than the innovative Swedish use of the charge. Still, they are all well sculpted and illustrate what can be done despite the difficulties of modelling a four-legged animal.
Sculpting is terrific, and both men and horses are full of life. Our example had no flash, although this set has since been rerun so later copies may not be so clean.
This set is superb, with a wide and rich variety of both men and horses, all beautifully realised. The lack of standing or walking horse poses has cost this set a point, but otherwise we can have no complaints about what is on offer here. A fitting end to an outstanding series for this often-neglected conflict.