Hot out of the mould this week are some new releases for the Perry Miniatures metal range of Napoleonic Saxons and Prussians. This range will represent the Saxon army as it appeared between 1806 and 1809 before they adopted French style uniforms.
First up is a pack of Grenadier command (SAX3) in bearskin and sculpted in marching poses. This pack contains two NCO’s and an officer, all of whom are carrying muskets, and two drummers. Although they are in marching poses, the Perry’s have managed to inject character into each of the miniatures, with one NCO pointing, one shouting and with different head positions for all. The detail is great, with the tassels on the bearskins clearly visible alongside the detailing on the coats and kit.
The other pack sent from this range is SAX5, Schutzen skirmishing, a pack of six light infantry figures in skirmishing poses. This is a great little pack that has all of the miniatures in dynamic poses, loading and firing as they advance on the enemy.
Alongside the Saxons are some new releases from the metal Napoleonic Prussian range. Again, these are in the 1806 uniform and are wearing bicornes. The first pack, EP6, contains six metal infantry sculpted in marching poses. It would be easy to put six identical miniatures in a pack like this, but as we have come to expect from the Perry twins, they never take the easy option. Although they are all posed marching, each of these miniatures are unique, with different facial expressions, hat positions and slightly different leg and arm positions to ensure that even your marching battalions remain eye catching.
EP7 is another box of skirmishing Schutzen, displaying another array of skirmishing poses. This time, the light infantry are shown running, firing from kneeling and standing positions, as well as loading.
Perry miniatures are the gold standard beside which all other ranges are measured. With years of design and sculpting experience behind them, the twins rarely produce a bad miniature. All the miniatures sent for review are nice clean sculpts with very little flash. Detailing is excellent and I particularly liked the attention to detail in the facial expressions, with moustaches and side burns clearly visible.
If early Napoleonic Saxons and Prussians are your thing, this is definitely the range for you.