Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Airfix / HaT vs Outland, Napoleonic Infantry

The photo above compares three Russian figures from Outland Games (unpainted metal) with three plastic Prussians from Airfix/HaT (blue and gray). Click on the image for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The plastic figures come from the last Airfix box of Napoleonic figures to be released: 01756 “Prussian Infantry 1815.” The figures were re-released by HaT as set 7006 “Waterloo Prussian Landwehr.”

The Outland models come from their Napoleonic range. They are catalogued as follows (left to right in the picture):

R-25. 1804 Russian Grenadier Advancing, Bushy Plume
R-14. 1812 Russian Foot Artillery with Rammer, in Kivier
R-13. 1812 Russian Foot Artillery with Ball, in Kivier

Height compatibility (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
Airfix/HaT – 20mm.
Outland – 19mm.

Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories):
Airfix/HaT – C (Average).
Outland – B (Slender) mainly due to their spindly legs.

Availability and Cost:

The Airfix/HaT figures are in production and available through various plastic model distributors. Cost per box, at a typical retailer: £3.95 (GBP) at Hannants (for the HaT version).

Outland’s metal figures are also currently available. They must be ordered from GFI – the distributor. The figures can be ordered individually, at a cost of 65 cents (US) each.

(See the side panel lists for websites of the manufacturers, distributors and retailers mentioned above. To convert cost figures to your currency, use a site such as, also listed in the side panel, with the retailers.)

Other notes:

The Airfix samples were donated by Mike Epting and Liam Sullivan. The Outland models were generously provided by the manufacturer.

Readers, please add any comments on other considerations with regard to these two types, in particular any thoughts about the compatibility from the standpoint of historical periods.


Rafael Pardo said...

I own some Outland figures: Prussian infantry in bicorne. They are well sculpted but are somewhat small (true 20 mm figures?). I use the drummers as Spanish line drummerboys!

Plastic Hussar said...


What other makers are you mixing them with?