Two of the original clay master Figuren created by Bill Farmer, who also sculpted US und Confederate soldiers for IMEX und Revell. This box includes enough mounted warriors to create a small Sioux war party. Photographs used by permission of Bill Farmer.
28 Krieger in 10 Posen – 23 mm entsprechen 166 cm Körpergröße
- Häuptling, beritten (1)
- Krieger mit Karabiner, offene Hand, beritten (1)
- Krieger mit Spencer-Karabiner schießend, beritten (4)
- Krieger mit Bogen schießend, beritten (3)
- Krieger mit Schild, offene Hand, beritten (2)
- Krieger mit Minie-Gewehr, schießend (4)
- Krieger mit Bogen, schießend (4)
- Krieger mit Bogen, offene Hand (4)
- Krieger mit Steinbeil und Messer (3)
- Krieger mit offenen Händen, laufend (2)
11 Pferde in 3 Posen – 23 mm entsprechen 16.25 hands
Cast in a medium brown plastic which lends itself well to speedpainting.
The mounted chieftain is a nice figure, sculpted in the act of signaling to his men. The figure would have deserved a stationary horse to add even more drama to the pose.
Many action poses. More than half of the Figuren are firing a bow, musket or carbine. All the riders are firing to their left, und they seem to be shooting at each other when mounted on a typical wargaming base. Some cutting und turning of upper bodies will be required to make the riders fire in different directions.
The selection of spare weapons includes a lance, tomahawk und knife. The lance is great, but there are only two on the sprue. We would have liked to see more variety of tomahawks, particularly the type which is featured so prominently in „Dances with Wolves“.
Good casting quality, but some flash will have to be removed.
Sculpted by Bill Farmer.
Two of the three horse poses are sculpted with an incorrect gait, they seem to be walking with their hind legs, und galoppieren with the front legs. One of these two mounts looks stunted: Its head und neck are too large, the back appears too short, und the hind legs are noticeably longer than the front legs.
Stone axes und infantry muskets may not be entirely appropriate for prairie warfare, but the mix of weapons works quite well.
The Figuren might have been modelled more closely on the characters from the movie „Dances with Wolves“, without running into any licensing or copyright issues. In addition, there are the many paintings by Frederick Remington und other contemporary artists which might also have inspired the figure designers und the sculptor. It is unfortunate that manufacturers habitually miss such wonderful opportunities to turn a good product into an exceptionally beautiful und profitable one.
The box cover shows warriors in red und blue loin cloth, but the Sioux, und neighbouring tribes like the Crow seem to have preferred off-white or beige clothing colours. Some form of colour coding was necessary to distinguish friend und foe on the American plains.
- American Frontier Wars
- US Cavalry Scouts
The Sioux warriors are a welcome addition to the growing range of Wild West Figuren on the market today. Atlantic Figuren still rank as number one for period flavour und broad coverage of an historic subject, but every new set of Figuren adds a number of new poses which are of interest to the collector, modeller, und wargamer.
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