Sunday, January 25, 2009

Emhar vs Tumbling Dice, Crimean Foot

This photo compares Emhar French Crimean infantry ( the figures in blue plastic) with Crimean British Horse Artillery (painted figure on the left) and British Guard Infantry (in bare metal) from Tumbling Dice. Click on the images for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The Emhar figures come from set EM 7211 – French Infantry, Crimean War & Franco-Prussian War.

The metal gunner is from Tumbling Dice set C1854 BR 13: British Horse Artillery Gun Crew. The other Tumbling Dice figures come from set C1854 BR 1: British Guards in Bearskin

Height compatibility (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
Emhar figures – 21mm.
Tumbling Dice models – 21mm.

Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories):
Emhar – B (Slender).
Tumbling Dice – D (Somewhat heavy)

Compatibility of uniform, equipment, etc: Since the figures in this comparison represent units from different armies, there are no obvious incompatibilities. The British (metal) figures are wearing their winter overcoats, while the French (plastic) figures also have their greatcoats on.

Overall conclusions: There are only a few choices when it comes to plastic Crimean War figures, and Emhar don’t make any British troops at all. Given that shortage, it is encouraging that the Tumbling Dice troops match up with Emhar on height. The different sculpting styles mean the models are not very convincing when intermingled, but formed as separate units, they should be able to fight on the same games table.

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