I was excited to hear from Nic at Eureka that the FIW figures were available for me to pick up at CanCon, after a hiccup late last year with the greens.
Eureka are forging ahead with some new releases for the French Indian War range through the 100 club system, the latest hot of the press for those members who subscribed to the 100 club are the American FIW Provincials, those who ordered large numbers of figures receive theirs first, and the remainder of you will need to wait till later in 2008, so to wet your appetites, I thought I would do a short review on these figures.
These figures will be suitable for the Provincial regiments that fought in the war in Canada. The privates all have tomahawks and either turn backed jackets or plain jackets and all muskets have bayonets. The officers and Nco’s have sashes and swords, and have the option of halberd or musket, there is no standard pole included. The faces are well sculpted with great expressions (not that I am any good at getting expression with my painting of them). A great number of the figures will also double for AWI, and perhaps some of the fictional 18th century armies could be influenced to pick up some also.
First I will look at Washington and his dogs.
100AOR56 George Washington with horse and dogs – 4 piece
A lovely mini diorama, was produced by Alan, a dismounted Washington with two dogs and a horse, the sculpt is excellent with minimal flash, the horse looks small thats because I mounted the other figs on two cent coins and he was placed at the rear. Washington looks fine and dandy!
My favourite figures are the firing line, especially the ready posed figures.
100AOR50 F&I Wars Provincial Regular Infantry firing (4 )
The classic straight legged marching pose has been captured well with these figures.
100AOR51 F&I Wars Provincial Regular Infantry, advancing (4)
I like these figures, however I personally would of liked an officer with a drawn sword pose also, I may convert one or two with some spare swords that I have, laying around. I will probably add them to my AWI Regts for variation
100AOR52 F&I Wars Provincial Regular Infantry Officer (2)
The drummers are excellent, and I will probably add them to my AWI Regts for variation, especially the advancing figure.
100AOR53 F&I Wars Provincial Regular Infantry Drummer (2)
The ensigns have nice poses especially the standing figure.
A nice Nco figure, that will tell the privates to remain in the ranks!
100AOR55 F&I Wars Provincial Regular NCO (1)
Overall I am very impressed with these figures, I am thinking of buying some extra commands and mucking around looking for similar uniformed AWi regts to the FIW regts I paint so I can just change the command stands and viola more AWi troops.
I hope to get the first battalion done by this weekend.