Sunday, February 8, 2009

Tumbling Dice vs Strelets, British Crimean Foot

The photo above compares Strelets British Crimean infantry figures (regulars and highlanders) with Crimean British Horse Artillery and British Guard infantry from Tumbling Dice. From left to right the models are: Tumbling Dice Horse Artillery, Strelets British regular, Tumbling Dice British Guardsman, Strelets Highlander, Tumbling Dice British Guardsman, Strelets British Regular. Click on the images for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The Strelets figures come from set 0028 “Crimean War British Line Infantry” and set 0029 “Crimean War British Highlanders.”

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):
Strelets Regular Infantry – 22mm.
Strelets Highlanders – 24mm.
Tumbling Dice models – 21mm.

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

Overall conclusions: Strelets is the only maker currently producing a substantial range of plastic figures for the Crimean War, and the only maker to have British troops in their inventory. In general, the Tumbling Dice troops match up nicely with Strelets regulars. There is a slight height difference, but it could be all but eliminated by a thicker base. With the Highlanders though, there is a clear height difference. (Indeed, the Strelets Highlanders are not a very close match to the Strelets regulars.)

There is another obvious issue – the Tumbling Dice figures are dressed for a winter battle, while the Strelets figures shown above are not. I believe that this applies to all the TD foot Crimean figures, but not the cavalry. Of course, if you are looking for a winter battle, Strelets does produce Russian infantry in greatcoats, some of whom look quite wintry, as seen in the image below. In addition, they have announced plans to release a future set of British guards in winter dress.

1 comment:

BrummyLad's World of Painting and Gaming said...

Thanks for sharing these. Just what I needed!