Sunday, January 27, 2013
Perry Plastic Confederate Infantry: A Review
I've managed to complete 3, 24 figure infantry regiments and you can see the pictures to the left of this post. Overall, I would rate this set as superb and highly recommend them to anyone interested in 28mm ACW. Two big thumbs up.
Each infantry sprue has arms so you can model a figure as advancing or with their rifle/musket shouldered and the arms mix and match with each figure. In addition there are ten hats types per sprue which allows you to mix the headgear. That's a big plus for trying to simulate the mix of equipment that was common in the confederate army.
The bayonets are a bit more to scale with these figures than the Perry Plastic Napoleonics (i.e. they are thinner) that's a big plus for looks but they can break (I broke one during the building process). Being plastic such issues are easily fixed.
The command sprue has an officer figure who is holding a pistol and a sword in its scabbard along with a drummer. The is also a set of arms holding a flag pole. One note - the drummer figure has the sash for holding the drum molded on and isn't a good choice to hold the flag - use one of the infantry figures. I figured that out after my third flag holder - Dohhhhh!
Opportunities for Improvement:
I only have two suggestions for improvement and they are both very minor. (1) I tend to replace plastic flag poles with brass rod as they don't hold up all that well to table top wear and tear. Having the flag pole and bearers arms molded as one piece makes that a bit harder to do - it would be a lot easier if the flag pole was a separate piece. (2) (and this one is just a nit) The flags on the painting guide are very bright in their printing and don't look all the nice on the models.
Overall, I highly recommend this set of figures. I've purchased 5 boxes and plan to get another 5 as I flesh out my ACW force.
I would rate these a 10 out of 10, but then again I've been accused of being a Perry fan boy in the past. Guilty as charged!