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Friday, March 19, 2010

Newline vs Airfix, Napoleonic Highland Infantry


The photo above compares three metal Napoleonic Highlanders from Newline Designs (B,D,F), with a similar number of plastic Highlanders from Airfix (A,C,E). Click on the image for a larger version.

THE METAL FIGURES

Manufacturers’ Designation and Number of Poses:

The Newline Design figures come from their 20 mm Napoleonics range. They are from pack BR03 “Highland Command Advancing/Marching.” This pack includes four figures: the three shown above, plus a double of one of them, which varies by pack.

The Napoleonics range from Newline Design is extensive and covers all major participants. For the British, Newline has 89 different codes in their catalogue, some of which (such as the one illustrated here) have multiple poses.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 19mm.
Body Build: Average.

Availability and Cost:

Newline Design figures are currently in production, and can be ordered directly from the manufacturer. Foot figures are sold in packs of four, for £1.75.

Note: At the time of posting, Newline is having a 20% off sale across all its ranges.

THE PLASTIC FIGURES

Manufacturer’s Designation and Number of Poses:

The Airfix Highland figures come from box 01735 “Waterloo Highland Infantry.” This box includes 45 foot soldiers in 11 poses, as well as one undersized mounted officer.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 21mm.
Body Build: Average

Availability and Cost:

Airfix has brought these figures back into production recently, as part of the “Waterloo Battle Gift Set.” While they are not currently offering the set separately, boxes can be easily found at dealers.

4 comments:

Alanus, Dux Homunculorum said...

Thanks for these and all your comparisons. I've only just noticed your comment on my blog - thank you, and thanks for mentioning my ecw comparisons here. Your blog was the inspiration for me to do those in the first place.
Regards,
Alan.

Maverick Collecting said...

'E' looks as if he's bending down to listen to the very small tune from 'F'!!!

Plastic Hussar said...

Alanus, thanks for the comments. I enjoy your blog as well. Let me know if you do any further comparisons, and I will link them here.
Chris

Plastic Hussar said...

Maverick,
That could explain it...
It would have been even worse if I had used the Airfix piper, since he is a couple of mm taller than the rest of the poses in the box.