Saturday, December 20, 2008

B&B Franco-Prussian French Marines

B&B Miniatures is a British firm that offers 20mm ranges covering several interesting conflicts, including the Franco-Prussian War. Their coverage of that war is extensive, and figures are sold in packs with a variety of poses, some of which include head variants. The B&B website can be found here:

The B&B troops do fit in well with some common plastic ranges, as far as height goes. However, the sculpting style is an exaggerated one, similar to what can be seen in many metal ranges in other scales. It does give the B&B troops character, but will cause some wargamers to resist mixing them into plastic armies. (I think it can be seen most clearly in the figure third from the left above.)

The image above compares some figures from B&B's "French Marines advancing" (FPFI-14) with a number of other sources for figures. More detailed comparisons will follow for the plastic figures included. The figures in the picture are (from left to right):
  • Two figures from Airfix's French Foreign Legion (reissued by HaT)
  • One of the B&B figures
  • A HaT Zouave (nominally for the ACW, but useful for French forces as well)
  • The officer from the B&B pack
  • A Guard figure from Scruby
  • A French Light Infantry figure from Strelets
  • Another marine from B&B

As always, click on the picture for a larger version.

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