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Miniatures Adventure => Age of the Big Battalions => Topic started by: Shipka on April 24, 2013, 06:07:06 PM

Title: Basic review of MatchlocK Miniatures Pacific Wars range 28mm
Post by: Shipka on April 24, 2013, 06:07:06 PM
For those who have been following this, the Kickstarter promotion failed to raise the amount required however due to considerable interest Dave of Caliver released an initial selection of figures for this colourful war.

The figures have an old school charm with no pose variants at this time The initial releases shows a Peruvian infantryman(PAC001) advancing can be painted wearing either gaiters or boots, has a poncho around the waist.

Officer in kepi(PAC002)this figure whilst semi-generic would be better for Peruvian command, as most off the other nations wore double breasted jackets. Slightly odd arm pose.

PAC011 Indicates an infantryman advancing wearing kepi with Havelock, this whilst not defined would be a Bolivian due to rolled up trousers and the under trouser showing.

PAC013 Bugler in covered kepi again whilst not defined but initially was described as a Peruvian is in fact a Bolivian at a pinch could be used for some of the Peruvian National guard units.

PAC014 Standard bearer wearing Havelock, there is no picture of this figure and as yet I have not seen this casting so cannot comment as to country suitability.

PAC022,023,024 Officer, bugler and standard bearer in Shako these are ideally suitable for Bolivian command, primarily due to style of Shako but more importantly the bugler and standard bearer have rolled up trousers with under trousers showing.

PAC031 Chilean in Picklehaube is shown in greatcoat with backpack advancing in pose, accurately described slightly wooden pose.

Needs Officer, Bugler and Standard bearer

PAC041 Generic infantryman in greatcoat as described ideal for both Peruvian and Chilean forces

PAC051 and 052 Chilean naval brigade these are an oddity more naval crew than brigade and should be treated as such.Officer is slightly chunky.

The figures are generally clean of flash (except PAC022 which needs extensive cleaning between the legs), there are some mould lines that will need cleaning up, detail is reasonably crisp and will provide an ideal base for a painter to work their magic

The Initial release is most welcome, there are gaps at present but I understand that these will be filled soon.

An ideal start for this little known war

For uniform ref;

Uniforms of The Pacific War 1879-1884 The Land Campaign by
Patricio Greve Moller and Claudio Fernandez Cerda