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A Call To Arms

Set 63

Parliament Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2003
Contents 32 figures
Poses 8 poses
Material Plastic (Fairly Hard)
Colours Light Tan
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)


This is another set that has been created from figures in the 1/32 range of A Call To Arms, and whilst it is labelled as Parliament Infantry, it is really suited to any side in the English Civil War, or indeed to many other armies of the 17th century.

Eight poses in an infantry set could be described as a bare minimum, and the poses here are split equally between pikemen and musketeers. None of the musketeers are actually using their piece, with two of them moving forward with it and one charging with sword drawn (usually musketeers used their musket as a club in hand-to-hand combat, and reserved the sword for defence). All the pikemen are in fair poses, and the man drinking is a nice piece for diorama builders if of little value for wargamers. Unfortunately there are equal quantities of each pose, so there are as many men drinking as there are preparing to receive cavalry, which does much to limit the set's usefulness.

Uniformity of dress, when achieved at all, was mostly in colour of cloth within a unit, but all these figures are dressed in typical style. All the pikemen retain body armour whereas the musketeers do not, and the helmets, hats and caps worn are all authentic.

The pikes come as separate items on the sprue, and are 47mm (3.4 metres) in length. This is rather less than the normal length of the time, and they are also a little too thick for this scale. However they are straight and without kinks, but they do not fit well on the figures. We found that all hands needed some filing to accommodate the pike, with this being particularly true of the man shouldering his pike (first man on bottom row). Since the pikes merely rest in cupped hands there is no grip, so all must be glued, and the whole operation is quite tricky.

Detail is good on these figures, and there are no problems with flash. The sculpting is very good, with natural-looking and authentic poses, and the anatomy and folds in the clothing is well done. By itself this set does not present a good selection of poses, but when used in conjunction with the other A Call To Arms English Civil War sets this is a useful product. As with the Royalist set, we would have preferred a set of pike and one of shot, so as to allow the customer to choose the proportions for their army, which were frequently not in equal amounts as suggested in this set. Still these are accurate figures that can be used for many conflicts of the time.


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

Further Reading
"Arms & Armour of the English Civil Wars" - Royal Armouries - David Blackmore - 9780948092084
"English Civil War" - Brassey (History of Uniforms Series) - Philipp Elliot-Wright - 9781857532111
"Gunpowder Armies" - Concord (Fighting Men Series No.6010) - Tim Newark - 9789623610889
"Matchlock Musketeer 1588-1688" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.43) - Keith Roberts - 9781841762128
"New Model Army 1645-60" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.110) - Stuart Asquith - 9780850453850
"Soldiers of the English Civil War (1): Infantry" - Osprey (Elite Series No.25) - Keith Roberts - 9780850459036
"The English Civil War" - Blandford - Philip Haythornthwaite - 9781860198601
"The English Civil War" - Windrow & Greene (Europa Militaria Special No.4) - Chris Honeywell - 9781872004549

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