“Old School, new look” is the tagline of Jacklex Miniatures. The company is a resurrection of a line of figures originally sculpted by Jack Alexander – one of the pioneers of the UK wargaming figure scene.
As well as original figures made by Jack Alexander back in the 1960s and 70s (remoulded), Jacklex are adding new figures to existing ranges and even producing completely new ranges, like the French Intervention in Mexico range, examples of which we have here.
The ‘old school’ nature of the figures extends to their marketing – the figures are sold individually and priced at only 55 pence (75 cents) for foot and £1.10 ($1.50) for cav. So, think on the budget nature of the models before you cast a critical eye over them.
There are 31 figures/codes in this initial French Intervention in Mexico release, which takes in Belgians, Egyptians, French and Mexican forces – a bold move for a pretty obscure theatre of war.
It hardly needs pointing out that these figures are very much ‘of a style’ and if it weren’t for the fact they are brand new releases, they would also be ‘of a time’. Retro appeal is the order of the day here and it shows the strength in depth in our hobby that there are manufacturers out there who are willing to produce figures that may look dated, but also have the appeal of looking dated!