The photo above compares two metal cavalry figures from SHQ (A,C) with three plastic figures from Gulliver (B,D). Click on the image for a larger version.
THE METAL FIGURES
Manufacturer's Designation and Number of Poses:
The metal figures are sold by both SHQ and Kennington, and are catalogued as CWC 30 “Rush’s Lancers at rest.” The ACW range from these two firms is quite extensive, and includes 75 foot poses, 29 cavalry poses (about half of them dismounted), six artillery crew poses, and two guns.
Rider Height above ground (measured from ground to rider eyes): 30mm. Rider Body Height (measured from foot, to knee, to hip, to eyes): 20mm.
Availability and Cost:
The metal figures can be purchased directly from the two manufacturers. The cavalry featured here sell for £4.50 at SHQ. For that price, you get 3 horses with 3 riders.
Notes on the Samples:
The metal lancers were generously provided by SHQ.
THE PLASTIC FIGURES
Manufacturers’ Designation and Number of Poses:
The plastic figures represent the only production to date from Gulliver (although there are rumours of a revival of the company). They come from set 3601 “American Civil War, South States Cavalry.” This box includes 15 riders in 10 poses, as well as 15 horses in six poses.
Rider Height above ground (measured from ground to rider eyes): 32mm. Rider Body Height (measured from foot, to knee, to hip, to eyes): 22mm.
Availability and Cost:
As mentioned above, Gulliver went out of business years ago, so these figures are not currently in production. However, it is fairly easy to track down a set. For instance, Toy Soldiers HQ is selling boxes for $12.00 US.
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