Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Outland vs Esci, Napoleonic Russian Foot

The photo above compares three Russian figures from Outland Games (unpainted metal) with two plastic Russians from Esci (light gray). Click on the image for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The plastic figures come from Esci box 236 “Napoleonic Wars Russian Grenadiers.”

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):
Esci – 21mm.
Outland – 19mm.

Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories):
Esci – B (Slender).
Outland – B (Slender) mainly due to their spindly legs.

Availability and Cost:

The Esci figures are no longer in production, but used figures are easily found, and unopened boxes still show up occasionally on auction sites. A review of current listings on ebay shows several boxes available in the price range of $10 to $15 US.

Outland’s metal figures are 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.)

Other notes:

The Esci samples were donated by 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.

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