Saturday, January 7, 2017

Great War Miniatures Dragoons Guard/Royals: Figure Review

CBC10 - Trooper

Well the Greys are already assembled ready for priming so to round out my other recent purchase, this is my review of the Great War Miniatures Dragoons Guard/Royals figures. They come in two three figure packs - CBC09 and CBC10 being the Trooper and Command pack respectively. All images are shots taken before cleaning and as they arrived in the mail.

The Command pack comes with a single trooper, a trumpeter and an officer as with all other packs in the Great War Miniatures range. A few words on the trumpeter first. As with the Greys Command Pack (see earlier review) the trumpeter is blasting away on his bugle with the trumpet slung over his shoulder. The bugle end is nicely dished but I found myself still deepening it just a little with a hand drill when assembling the Grey's trumpeter and I will be doing so with these ones - but that's just me.
CBC10 - Trooper reverse

The mounts, whilst not any larger than the sculpts for the Great War Miniatures Light Cavalry ranges are not the same horse models. Whether new sculpts entirely or perhaps just amended horse furniture and manipulated slightly, the positioning of the legs is different from their Light Cavalry counterparts. For the trumpeters; however, I find the mount dipping forward overly (albeit slightly) and I cut away though the support stems joining the legs to the base so as to lift the front of the model.
CBC10 - Trumpeter

A word of caution when mucking about with freeing up any of the legs with these figures. The horses are all in full action poses and the design of the sculpts rely on the support stems and even mutual support of the legs in some cases. Whilst it may be aesthetically pleasing to free up the legs to give that extra realism you will lose stability in the models. One easy and necessary cut-away is the join on the horse model fully stretched at the gallop where the tail is connected by a stem to the rear legs.
CBC10 - Trumpeter reverse

Unlike the Light Dragoon officer, the Dragoon Guards/Royals officer has an optional arm which needs to be fixed in the standard male/female join of the rest of the troopers (except the trumpeter). These pin and socket joints do require some assistance; however, with some careful cutting and filing to narrow and define the arm-pin and some drilling and widening of the receiving hole in the body of the rider.

The proportions and detail of the brass helmets is superb and I think I'm even more excited about them that the Grey's bearskins. They should look marvelous all painted up. Unlike the Grey's, the remainder of the 'heavies' embarked for Crimea without their valises and they are appropriately missing from the sculpted horse furniture. The tack is correct and consistently includes the 'Y' harness across the horses face (as opposed to the 'X' for Light Cavalry such as the Hussars).
CBC10 - Officer

The scults are the typical rider and mount once piece model more typically found with 15mm figures. The rider's legs also raise out from the horse in relief - the lower leg not being defined and free forming from the horse as is generally the case resulting from separate riders and mounts. It is not noticeable when painting is finished.
CBC10 - Officer reverse

As with news molds, these figures are remarkably clean with almost no flash and very little trimming required. Mold lines are actually hard to find - the best finished figures I recall ever working with.

Again, these are a triumph for Great War Miniatures and with the exception of the dated Wargames Foundry range (on the small side) these Dragoons Guards/Royals together with their Scots Grey's counterparts have filled a long standing gap in the 28mm market for the Crimean War period.  

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