Perrys’ plastic plunge
Posted by Martin on December 5, 2007
Now there’s something you don’t see every day – a well known manufacturer of 28mm wargaming miniatures announcing a range of plastic figures. In this case Perry ACW. The subject of the range holds no interest for me but the medium does set your thoughts running doesn’t it? I’m not really sure where my thoughts will end up and I can see both the merits and drawbacks of 28mm plastics. I think the thing that I eventually end up with is that this seems such an obvious idea that other people must have considered doing it before (and I’m not counting Games Workshop in this, because I think that organization is very much a special case). So why hasn’t it happened before? I worry that there’s some fatal flaw but I hope not for the twins’ sake.
Elsewhere, it’s been a good period again for Napoleonics fans in the sense that more figures keep getting released. In an odd juxtaposition of light infantry, there’s the new Foundry early Portuguese cacadores and the TAG Austrian jaegers.
Taking the Foundry figures first: it’s good to see more choice for fans of the Peninsular War but boy are these weird sculpts and I found my confidence less than inspired by the description on one page in the Foundry site that these are a “training range”. The other thing that bothers me is that I count only twelve poses across eight packs – and six of those poses are accounted for by command figures (officers, musicians and standard bearers).
Compare and contrast with the TAG Austrian jaegers (which I might just take an interest in when I’ve finished with Prussians and Saxons). So far only there are only two packs but these alone already comprise eight different poses. From the photos on the site, these look like very nicely sculpted figures indeed and mark the beginning of a new Austrian range. Next up will be four sets of fusiliers and I shall watch this range develop over the coming months and maybe even buy a pack or two to see how they paint up.
Lastly a price comparison: one pack of six Foundry cacadores will set you back a tenner (i.e. £1.67 per figure) and one pack of four TAG jaegers will cost you £4.95 (i.e. £1.24 per figure) – more than a 50p per figure difference. Now before you pull me up on this, yes, you’re right, I haven’t factored in P&P and both manufacturers offer bulk discounts and those might even the scores though I don’t have the energy tonight to go through the maths. I’m sure those of you interested enough in one range or the other will have the incentive to seek the most cost-effective deal.