Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Emhar vs B&B, FPW German Infantry

The photo above compares three Saxon infantry figures from B&B Miniatures (unpainted metal) with three Emhar Prussian infantry (gray plastic). Click on the images for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The Emhar figures are from box EM7213: “Prussian Infantry, Franco-Prussian War 1870-71.”

The B & B figures come from their Franco-Prussian range, and are part of set FPGI-7 “Saxon Grenadiers.”

Height compatibility (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
Emhar – 22mm
B&B – 20mm

Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories):
Emhar – B (slender)
B&B – E (exaggerated)

Overall conclusions:
Given the similar heights, it might be expected that these two sets of German soldiers could mix well. However, the very different sculpting styles undermines that. For instance, the head of a B&B sculpt is twice as high as that of an Emhar model, even though the metal figures is in fact shorter. While some wargamers might be comfortable using the two ranges to produce separate units, any closer mixing will be very obvious.

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