In December I moved out of my "comfort zone" and added to my Fantassin and AB collection of British Peninsular figures with my first purchase of the Campaign Game Miniatures (CGM) range (see my December 10th post). I was very pleased with the figures on first inspection, and I hope you will agree, they compliment the rest of my collection.
I have included some comparison shots to help others embarking into Napoleonic 18mm and are wondering if the various ranges are compatible.
My impression of the CMG figures are very positive.
1. Little or no flash to contend with.
2. Excellent clear detail, which is easy to pick out with the brush
3. The range of poses are very good and of equal quality, with no "dodgy" poses.
1. My only quibble and it's a very small one, is that the rolled great coats on the packs seem a little small.
|Campaign Game Miniatures - 36th & 6th Foot|
|Campaign Game Miniatures|
(Mounted Colonels AB, Colour Bearers and drummers Fantassin, Flags GMB)
For the Peninsular War I would look at using the CGM British Line in stovepipe shakos but not the commands, For the Light's and Riflemen I would use the ordinary ranks and the commands.
|CGM on left, Fantassin on Right|
That being said, because the ranges are so compatible, I have given some thought to my future planned purchases.
The Fantassin figures certainly bring a lot of character to the table with an excellent range of poses, and I am very pleased with them. The small downsides with them is that the quality of some of the poses and the detail leaves a little bit to be desired. The overly small back pack and rolled coat on some of the figures can be slightly disconcerting. The metal is also quite hard and can be difficult to trim any flash, particularly on the bottom of the bases. However they "paint up" nicely and bring a nice variety to any army.
AB are to my mind and many others still the "Gold Standard" when it comes to 18mm, but the price of the figures makes using them as the sole contribution to my collection prohibitive. As I am working to a budget and I would like to complete my army before I die, the other ranges are a welcome addition. Not only that but I feel the collection benefits from the variety offered by the different makes of figure.
|CGM on the left, Fantassin on the right|
|CGM on left AB on Right with Fantassin colour party and skirmishers|
|CGM on the left, AB on the right|
So in conclusion. I think at present CGM figures are going to form a significant core of my British infantry with a smattering of AB and Fantassin to add variety. None of the current ranges are able to tick all my boxes when I put a battalion of figures together and as you can see I have found no problem in mixing various figure ranges into my units. Times have never been better than now for Napoleonic wargamers when it comes to choosing figures and I have as yet to try out the new offerings from Blue Moon. As this range grows I will be looking at recruiting a few of their "stout fellows" to help liberate the Peninsular from the Corsican Ogre, and I have a mind to sending a force of them to deal with those troublesome Yankees in Canada.