The Chariot line is another line that appears to have been sculpted by different sculptors over time. The style of this French soldier is very different from the British soldiers I have. There is an obvious attempt to render a lot of fine detail on this figure - the musket, webbing and shako are all complete. Somehow, however, this is not a soldier I would want in my army.
First, the pose looks very tentative to me, as if he is walking on tip-toes. For an attacking pose, this one does not inspire me with confidence that the assault will succeed. I think his center of gravity is incorrect, which gives him this off-balance look.
Second, while these anatomical proportions are much better than the stub-legged redcoat, the head here is too large (perhaps contributing to the center of gravity issue). Leaving aside the head, the rest of the body looks in proportion to itself. The face is soldierly and the mustache is not overwhelming.
The uniform is well rendered, and the detail on the equipment is good. I think the cuffs and flaps are a bit too large, but I know many gamers like these details called out - I just prefer them to be a little more subtle. Still, these are not as large as some I have seen (some uniforms look like they have enormous wrist bands or muffs at the end of the jackets).
My other issue with Chariot (and I know I’m really being picky here) is that their website is very hard to navigate and there are no pictures (at least, last time I looked). Otherwise I think this a reasonably servicable figure, even if not terribly impressive.
Update March 2004: Chariot has been acquired by Navigator Miniatures. They have a much nicer website for the line here.