At least with regards to British infantry, the Battle Honors figures look quite a bit like the AB figures, just smaller. And for good reason: many of them were sculpted by Anthony Barton, founder of AB. However, not all of them were, so if you’re not shopping by mail, look closely at what you are buying. If you are shopping by mail, cross your fingers. At their best, Battle Honors are second only to AB. At their worst, they are pretty mediocre.
Battle Honors are usually found packed in bags of 50 figures (although I have seen blisters of 8-12 as well). These usually cost about $20, which makes them a pretty inexpensive line - I’ve picked them up on sale for as little as $12.50. (May 1, 2005 Update: List price is now $13.50 per bag) However, the variable quality is a concern. One nice feature of some bags are the various poses contained in each. For example, my pack of BBR5 Campaign Dress Assaulting contained 50 figures broken down into the following poses:
- 1 officer with flag walking
- 5 officer with flag running
- 3 officers with drawn sword
- 3 drummers
- 6 infantry advancing with leveled musket
- 12 infantry charging with leveled musket
- 8 infantry running with upright musket
- 12 infantry walking with muskets on shoulder
But, then here is the breakdown on a bag of BR100 Advancing that arrived in the same order:
- 2 officer with cast flag
- 2 sergeants
- 1 drummer
- 1 officer with hat
- 1 officer pointing with sword
- 43 infantry advancing with leveled musket
A disappointment to get all of the same pose. But how do the figures themselves rate?
Firstly, the detail on all of the figures is pretty nice - well defined, with nice variations, like patches on pants (the figure here has a patch on his left knee which I did not paint). Some even have nonstandard or missing equipment. There are no “mystery lumps” - parts of figures which I cannot tell are supposed to be.
Secondly, two of the three dimensions of the figures exhibit proper proportions. However, many (but not all) of the figures look a little flat - the dimension across the chest being overall too small, as if half a millimeter had been removed from right down the middle of the figure (is this a problem with old or worn molds?). The example here has this problem. The middle image might look as if it were stretched in being resized by software and hence distorted. This is not the case - this is what the figure looks like.
Third, this is a realistic pose. Some lines (notably Old Glory) go for a more “heroic” look which makes them a bit “comic book” to my tastes. But the hand is on the trigger, the body lean is reasonable, and all the body parts are flowing naturally.
All in all, not a bad entry. But they need to get more consistent in their quality to be a truly top ranked miniatures line.
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