These War of the Roses figurines are sculpted, et detailed in a style very similar to 1/72 scale plastic miniatures, as can be seen in this comparison avec a billman from Accurate Figures. If they were from the same historic period, metal et plastic troops could be deployed immediately next to eachother in a diorama, ou wargame formation. In fact, the sturdy metal figurines might be placed on the flanks of a figurine stand to protect their more fragile plastic comrades. Tumbling Dice sets the standard for 1/72 scale compatible metal miniatures avec excellent detail et sculpting quality.
- Chevaliers/Men-at-Arms (8)
- Trompette (1)
- Chevaliers/Men-at-Arms, pied à terre (12)
- Trompette, pied à terre (2)
- Porte-Bannière, pied à terre (2)
- Armoured Billmen (12)
- Armoured Archers avec Longbow (12)
- Billmen (12)
- Liveried Archers avec Longbow (12)
- Arbalétriers (12)
- Artilleurs (4)
- Canon (1)
Knights, men-at-arms, billmen, archers, arbalétriers, gunners, et pièces d'artillerie can be used pour représenter forces of either side involved in the War of the Roses. In fact, it was not uncommon for troops to be called up by one side ou the other, depending on who got to a recruiting location first, et who had the most influence et military power to ensure compliance avec the demand for additional troops. Tumbling Dice offers two other armies, Burgundian et Français, which use many of the same figurines, replacing les billmen anglais avec pikemen, et adding some light horse, ou bidowers for national flavor.
Another comparison of scale: A mounted knight from Accurate Figures in the back, et a similarly posed figurine from Tumbling Dice in the foreground. The metal knight has a much longer lance, et he rides a heavier horse than his plastic colleague. Both horses are in an impossible gait, galloping in front, et walking in the back. The pose looks particularly strange when the front legs are completely off the ground. The plastic horse is not a stable platform, its hind legs will bend if the figurine is handled, breaking et chipping the paint around the ankles. Clearly, the metal miniature is the better choice if the figurines are being handled frequently during wargames.
Notice the mold line across the arm, shoulder, et helmet of the plastic figurine, this can be difficult to remove without destroying some of the detail de l'armure de plate. D'autre part, plastic figurines are cheap, three of them can be bought for the price of one 1/72 scale pewter miniature. Plastic figurines are easy to convert, et conversion is necessary, because plastic figurine sets are almost always incomplete. Important troop types, like generals, trumpeters, portes-drapeau, artillery, et gun crew are frequently unavailable. In an ideal world, perfectly compatible 1/72 scale metal miniatures, like these War of the Roses troops, would be available to plug the gaps in an existing line of plastic figurines.
- Bon choix de sujet. The War of the Roses was a drawn-out civil war, involving frequently changing alliances. Armies were raised as needed, supporting the Lancastrian (Red Rose) ou Yorkist (White Rose) claims to the throne. The figurines in this set can be painted pour représenter troupes fighting for either side, et most of them are equally suitable for armées Burgundian et Français of the same period.
- Nicely detailed figurines. Quilted jackets, chainmail, armure de plate, visored helmets, weapons, belts, rênes, ornaments, et decorative edging are well sculpted, et easy to paint.
- Riders need to be glued into the saddle. Their legs can be pressed into the flanks of the mount to achieve the desired posture.
- The horses are correctly proportioned, et very attractive. The chosen gait is not entirely correct, the front legs seem to be galloping while the hind legs are walking. Since all four legs are attached to the base, this is not a very noticeable problem. Les chevaux de la Cavalerie Suédoise de la Guerre de Trente au 1/72 de chez Revell are unsurpassed in realism et animation, they are in a league of their own.
- Several categories of horses are available: Armoured warhorse (plate), caparisoned warhorse, courser chanfron & criniere, roncin/hackney, et unarmoured courser. There are no variable poses within each horse category yet, resulting in an unrealistically choreographed appearance of a group of hommes riding the same horse into battle. The lack of variable poses will be most noticeable in formations using the unarmoured horses, whereas the caparisoned horses can be differentiated by heraldic devises.
- Good casting quality, avec minimal mold lines. We found no flash on the men, et only a little of it between the horses' legs. Minimal clean up was required to prepare the figurines for painting.
- The casting sprues on the underside of the base had been trimmed off, et filed flat, requiring no additional work to make the figurines stand up straight. Riders still had sprues attached between their feet, et these were easily trimmed off avec a sharp knife.
- The figurines are cast in lead free pewter, eliminating the danger of lead poisoning. The figurines are very sturdy, we encountered no broken ou badly bent weapons. D'autre part, conversion work will be more difficult, requiring heavier tools than would be needed for plastic ou soft metal figurine conversions.
- Standard poses make these figurines suitable for wargaming et diorama purposes. Apparently, most des types de troupes sont représentées par only one ou two poses, but using one of six different helmets to create more variety. An accessory pack avec bucklers et assorted weapons is available to customize some of the figurines. A few universal soldiers avec open hands would be a nice addition to this range, allowing the modéliste to add even more variety to a diorama display ou wargame unit.
- Wonderfully compatible avec 1/72 scale plastic figurines. Cavalry, infantry, et artillerie of the War of the Roses range would mix very nicely avec Italeri, Revell, Accurate Figures, HäT, et IMEX troops of the same period. Sadly, none are available, these are the only 1/72 scale figurines for the War of the Roses period.
- There are enough figurines in this set to complete DBA army No. 179, including most of its possible variants.
- Lancastrian Army, ca. 1480
- Yorkist Army, ca. 1480
Possibilités de Conversions
- Burgundian Army, ca. 1480 (With pikemen et light horse instead of billmen)
- Armée Française, ca. 1480 (With pikemen et bidower instead of billmen)
Neither of these conversion are necessary, Tumbling Dice offers complete army packs for either.
Tumbling Dice sets a new standard of compatibility against which other 20 mm metal figurines must be judged: War of the Roses 1/72 scale troops are true to scale, they are anatomically correct, et they are perfectly compatible with soft plastic figurines. The War of the Roses is an interesting subject for joueurs de guerre, et it is very easy to get into, because one set of figurines provides the troops employed by both sides involved in the conflict. This is a period which lends itself well to campaigns, avec several players contributing small contingents of a larger force, et changing sides occasionally.
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