This figure got an immediate positive reaction just for the mustache. This ham-handed soldier has a nice bushy growth under his nose. It was nice to see a manufacturer offer a little individuality with their product. And that beefy, leading chin is pretty interesting (Reminds me of Bill Cowher, the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers).
Like many others, the emphasis here seems to be on providing a nice, basic figure with major detail only. The musket, for example, is clean and basic but has a minimal amount of detail around the reinforcing bands or flint lock. The bedroll is a simple tube. The canteen is merely a disk.
This makes the figures easy to paint and easy to add details of your own. For example, this flank company soldier has the “wings” instead of epaulettes. The space between the “wing” and the cross strap is smooth and crisp, making it easy for me to paint in the stripes of facing color over the base red of the jacket. I generally prefer this approach for details like lace - it is far easier to paint over a smooth area than one in which the lace has been sculpted.
Sadly, the anatomical proportions and pose leave a bit to be desired. The hands are far too large and the legs a bit short and thin (admittedly not by much). And for some reason when I see this pose I just can’t let go of the idea that he is preparing to sit on the toilet. While not the killer-gnome of an Essex I hope that improved anatomy will be forthcoming from Museum Miniatures. At the price they make an attractive buy.
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