Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tumbling Dice vs Airfix, British Crimean Infantry

The photo above compares several Airfix figures with Crimean British Guard infantry from Tumbling Dice. From left to right the models are: Airfix Highland Infantry (unpainted plastic), Tumbling Dice British Guardsman (unpainted metal), Airfix Guardsman, another Tumbling Dice Guardsman, Airfix Highlander. Click on the image for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The Airfix Highland figures come from box 01735 “Waterloo Highland Infantry” while the Guard model is from box 01702 “Guards Colour Party.”

The metal guardsmen come from Tumbling Dice set C1854 BR 1: “British Guards in Bearskin.”

Height compatibility (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
Airfix Guard – 21 mm.
Airfix Highland infantry – 21mm.
Tumbling Dice models – 21mm.

Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories):
Airfix – C (Average)
Tumbling Dice – D (Somewhat heavy)

Overall conclusions: Granted, Airfix did not actually make any Crimean infantry. But when Esci released their plastic Russians, some gamers looked to the two sets above as makeshift opponents. Of course the Highlanders wear their Napoleonic uniform, and the Guardsman is dressed for duty in 1960. In case anyone is still fielding these troops, the image does show that the Tumbling Dice soldiers make a pretty good match.

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