Friday, March 6, 2009

Airfix vs Douglas Miniatures, British Crimean Infantry

The photo above compares several Airfix Highland infantry figures with British Crimean artillery and infantry by Douglas Miniatures. From left to right the models are: Douglas infantry; Airfix Highlander (unpainted plastic); Douglas infantry; painted Airfix Highlander; Douglas infantry officer; another Airfix Highlander. Click on the image for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The Airfix Highland figures come from box 01735 “Waterloo Highland Infantry.”

The Douglas infantry and gunner are from their Crimean War range, but I don’t have the set information.

Height compatibility (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
Airfix – 21mm.
Douglas – 23mm.

Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories):
Airfix – C (Average)
Douglas – B (Slender)

Overall conclusions:

As noted earlier, Airfix did not intend to produce Crimean infantry, but their Highland figures could be pressed into service when Esci put out their Russian set. The Douglas figures were around at the same time, and allowed gamers to put a more complete British army in the field. As the picture reveals, the match isn’t perfect. The Douglas figures are tall and a bit skinny compared to their kilted cousins. Still, they don’t look odd serving on the same table.

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