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French Infantry:
Fantassin Miniaturas

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The sculptor for the Fantassin Napoleonic line is Juan A. G. Bautista and he is doing some very fine work. I would rank this particular voltigeur as nearly on a par with AB. His style is grittier than Bartonís, and some times I find what looks like a real mess on the bare metal is suddenly quite clear once primed (I primarily prime in a black wash). Such was the case with this voltigeurís face - at first a plate of scrambled eggs and then a nicely defined face and mustache.

I really think this a very good figure with just one minor criticism - the pack is too narrow. This seems to be a recurring theme - the same issue came up on the British and Spanish units I have painted. I would also question the size of the plume - it is about 35% longer than the distance from the chin to the peak of the shako. I would be tempted - barring some reference to support the scale - to simply cut this down by about a third.

Looking at the rest of the figure I find a good eye for anatomy and pose, strong attention to detail in the epaulettes, musket and sword knot, along with uniform details like webbing and cuff flaps that, while still over sized, are much closer to scale.

If you canít afford AB and donít mind buying packs containing identical figures, Fantassin will be a strong addition to your army.

 

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