MANUFACTURER: Warlord Games
RANGE: Black Powder Napoleonic Wars 1789-1815
SCALE: Approximately 1/56
Reviewed By Pete Harris
20 plastic easy-build Portuguese Line Infantry figures.
4 metal command figures, wire flagpoles and banner tops.
2 page background guide including ten full colour flags.
This set of Portuguese Line Infantry is Warlord’s latest plastic offering for the Napoleonic period. It continues the now familiar format of plastic sprues for regular troops together with metal command and a 2 page guide with flags. It is also the first box set to be sold as a unit of 24 from release. The figures are represented in the proven march attack pose and come with two head options for either the earlier barretina shako or the stovepipe style which was adopted in 1810.
Described as easy-build, a completed figure comprises the one piece body and musket, to which is added a head and backpack. Each sprue of five also includes one grenadier figure which has a separate right arm with two arm options. I especially like the way Warlord designs their backpacks with a locating lug which connects to a corresponding socket on the back of the figure. This makes construction much easier and reduces the possibility of backpacks dropping off later.
Detail and finish is very good with virtually no evidence of flash and although the sculpting can appear a little chunky in some areas this seems to improve slightly with each new release. Quality of plastic is also excellent and appears stronger than that used by some other manufacturers when comparing critical fine detail elements such as muskets, bayonets and swords. In my experience the figures paint up beautifully and fit well with other mainstream 28mm figures.
PROS: Easy build construction, metal command, compatible with other 28mm figures.
CONS: Hands and boots can look a little chunky, only 24 figures per box restricts larger units.
SCOPE: 28mm Napoleonic wargaming.