Thursday, July 31, 2008

More Plastic 28mm excitement!

Shamelessly stripped from my local Club's forum; who in turn have pulled it from the Victrix site:

Victrix are on schedule to release an exciting new range of 28mm scale hard plastic Napoleonic figures. At present we are at the pattern making and tooling stage and are on course to go to production in late September 2008.

Our first 4 sets:

VX0001 - Waterloo British Infantry Centre Company

VX0002 - British Peninsular Infantry Centre Company

VX0003 - Waterloo British Infantry Flank Company

VX0004 - British Peninsular Infantry Flank Company

Each set will feature the following:

52 individual figures including officers, standard bearers, NCO’s, and drummers. Cost of each set will be £19.95 that equates to £0.38 per figure. Separate heads allowing great flexibility in the posing of the models. All the heads have individual faces sculpted to a high standard giving figures character and an authentic look. Each set contains advancing, marching and firing line positions with many variations on each type of pose.

The sets contain dozens of arms allowing endless pose combinations. No two units need look the same, this is a huge improvement on sets of metal figures. Separate back packs, sword scabbards, muskets and pistols providing yet more opportunity for figures to have a unique look. Fast play rule set written by Barry Hilton from The League of Augsburg will be included in each boxed set. We have also included a 4 piece measuring rule with the figures that can be used in conjunction with the rule set. A set of 2 kings colours and 2 regimental colours included in each set. In addition we are providing a different flag sheet for each of our first 4 boxed sets. This potentially provides colours for 8 different regiments. (snip)Opponents for the British already at the design stage.

We have already started the design work on new sets; French Infantry in Bicornes and Shakos 1805 – 1812."Looks great. Along with Perry Napoleonic french plastics it looks as if soon will be able to do another era in 28mm plastics.

I for one am excited. I mean, look at the quality of those figures:


  1. ...well I could give you the other view..... :o)

    "Separate heads allowing great flexibility in the posing of the models." - So I have to glue on 52 heads? What if I lose one - how strong a bond am I going to get on such a small figure?

    "The sets contain dozens of arms allowing endless pose combinations." See previous bullet - how long is it going to take me to put one of these units together??

    "Separate back packs, sword scabbards, muskets and pistols" - for 52 figures.... yikes... there goes the month while I just assemble the damn things... I used to hate the Airfix Churchil 'cos it had all those little wheels, you can imagine me now sitting there with tweezers and superglue, and little tiny pistols permanently stuck to my fingers....

    ...a tongue in cheek response but you get my drift... a lot of gamers will hate all the "modelling", some will not like the fact that they're... plastic....

    ...I think they look fantastic, I think they look much better than the Perry ACW Infantry (some of their standing firing figures look like they may have haemerhoids), but I wouldn't be tempted for the two reasons listed above (and I know the "plastic" thing is purely irrational)... having said that Napoleonic is not my period, and they're not my preferred scale either... :o))

  2. This seems to be a generational debate. Regardless of whether one still plays GW games, anyone that has followed a miniature through its evolution from kit to table will know that there's a much greater degree of investment in each individual figure when you get a multipart kit.

    The whole ontological construction in my brain is different with kits vs. blisters. A blister is a static entity, that a sculptor created, which i have to throw paint on to make it look good.

    In the case of a kit, I get the pleasure of imagining this one guy, what gear he's carrying, etc.

    Modelling and painting are a seriously arduous task for most gamers that would like to get to the table, and when it's more personal, it helps get the job done.

    (this contrasts with the older generation of historical gamers, my dad's age, that see a bunch of extra work involved in the process. )
    Honestly, as opposed to other steps, it only takes about as much time as the flash/wash stage, and it can be done in suboptimal light, in front of the TV, or otherwise in the family area, unlike painting, which requires monastic seclusion.