Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Perry British Rifles and Front Rank Spanish Guerrillas Delivered!
The two separate orders both arrived on the same day! Actually, the Perry order arrived yesterday, but unbeknownst to me, was sitting in the community over-sized mail box overnight - thanks to the delivery lady not coding it right; the USPS tracker said a note was left for either pick up at the post office or another delivery attempt. The Perrys were ordered from The WarStore.com and the Front Rank figures from Triangle Miniatures. The Perrys were on backorder for a couple of weeks (these figures are quite popular). Thanks to those two vendors (Neal and Buddy) for getting the orders out as soon as possible.
Here's a snapshot showing them as soon as I pulled them out of their packages. The top two rows are the Front Rank figures and the bottom two rows the Perrys. The Front Rank figures are very, very nice, with loads of nice detail; like the hairnets on some of them -Wow! The Perrys are of course up to the expected fine sculpting. They're all pretty cleanly cast; only one of the Perry officer models had a bit of flash - mostly on his sword because of the way it was cast. Note of caution: As I was cleaning the flash off the officers saber, it bent into an S-shape, I'm straightening it out now, but if you have the same flash issue, be careful removing it - don't want to break the tip off the saber.
They look like they will match up very well with the Perry and Victrix plastics. These will all be mounted singly on metal washers. They will be used as skirmishers per Sharp Practice. The Spaniards will initially have a "Poor" rating - they might work their way up in future games though. The British Rifles will be split into two groups - one representing the 60th and the other the 95th. Both served in the Peninsular, sometimes side-by-side (at least in the "Sharpe's Siege" episode of the TV miniseries!). They will also have Portuguese Cacadores integrated with them - once those Victrix metals get here. The Rifles should paint up pretty quickly - mostly green and black - the 60th will have red facings and blue trousers - at least some anyway. We'll see if they can be painted within a week. The Guerrillas may take a little more time - mainly because I want to make sure they look like an unconventional unit with each guy having a bit of individual flair.