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Offline Calimero

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New Release from Front Rank
« on: May 25, 2010, 10:02:35 PM »
Front Rank have release their first figures covering the Late 17th Century (1685 – 1700). They look like nice figures as usual…
http://www.frontrank.com/lev4_13_1_0_Late_17th_Century_1685_-_1700_Infantry.asp

They also release some mortars for the Napoleonic period…
http://www.frontrank.com/lev4_2_10_0_Napoleonic_Guns_&_Equipment.asp

Now, I can easily imagine a scenario where a small troop is send out to destroy a annoying artillery piece hidden inside a redoubt :D
« Last Edit: May 25, 2010, 10:04:06 PM by Calimero »
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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2010, 10:12:47 PM »
Good, there's my Guards battalions for Tangier and Sedgemoor. Hopefully they won't look too far out of place with my Dixons and Copplestones. As Mark seems to have abondoned his range, Front Rank remain my best hope for cavalry too.
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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2010, 07:48:07 AM »
Look nice.

...Copplestones. As Mark seems to have abondoned his range...

Thought these were same period as Copplestone's "Glory of the Sun."  Whatever happened to that?

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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2010, 08:17:53 AM »
Yes, they look rather nice - I especially like some of the officer figures.
The only slight problem with Front Rank is that they tend to be very 'traditional' style in poses, aimed at big battalions I think. They're not really all that natural looking, although there are a couple of more dynamic figures amongst this lot. And they're definitely of the munchkin tendency - a bit squat, although a lot of people like them for that!
Ho hum... I think I'll get a few to see how they fit in with the Glory of The Sun figures.

It is indeed a real shame that Copplestone seems to have stopped sculpting altogether, including the GOTS range.  :(
No new figures from him for over a year now - and no GOTS cavalry  :'(
Someone said they thought he'd found himself a 'proper job'. Boo. Shame...  ;)

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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2010, 09:45:53 AM »
Yes, they look rather nice - I especially like some of the officer figures.
The only slight problem with Front Rank is that they tend to be very 'traditional' style in poses, aimed at big battalions I think. They're not really all that natural looking, although there are a couple of more dynamic figures amongst this lot. And they're definitely of the munchkin tendency - a bit squat, although a lot of people like them for that!
Ho hum... I think I'll get a few to see how they fit in with the Glory of The Sun figures.

It is indeed a real shame that Copplestone seems to have stopped sculpting altogether, including the GOTS range.  :(
No new figures from him for over a year now - and no GOTS cavalry  :'(
Someone said they thought he'd found himself a 'proper job'. Boo. Shame...  ;)

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Offline carlos marighela

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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2010, 12:58:22 PM »
Those with sharp eyes will have noticed that Front Rank's webpage says that some of the poses come with cast on head variants, which was one of my main concerns. I'm happy with relative uniformity in posing, these are drilled soldiers not a rave crowd but I do want variation in head gear. The Copplestone GOS range has basically two poses, firing and 'at the ready'.

Most impressed with the range of Grenadier headwear options, hopefully they'll keep this up with the dragoons and horse.

Offline Captain Blood

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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2010, 08:24:14 PM »
I have succumbed and ordered a few  ;)
Comparison pics with the Copplestone GOTS figures will follow in due course...

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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2010, 11:05:01 PM »

I’ve received a newsletter from Front Rank earlier today… I will try to copy it to post it here later.

Offline Aaron

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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2010, 01:06:34 PM »
Thanks Captain Blood. I love Front Rank and am perilously close to selling off my current anti-pirate force so I can replace them with these. If they match with Copplestone's beauties it inches me ever closer to the brink.

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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2010, 01:56:16 PM »
Here's the Front Rank newsletter...

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FRONT RANK NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the first Front Rank newsletter, thanks for signing up.
We want to let you know that our new range is available to order
Late 17th Century and Mortars both 28mm
To see all the codes & pictures please see our website www.frontrank.com

NEW LATE 17th CENTURY RANGE 28mm

The new range is suitable for the MONMOUTH REBELLION 1685,
the IRISH WARS 1689 to 1691 and the WAR of the GRAND ALLIANCE.
The initial release of 51 figures are Flintlock Musketeers, Grenadiers and command.
Available as INDIVIDUALS and also in money saving SPECIAL DEAL PACKS.
To see all the new figures go to www.frontrank.com

Matchlock Musketeers will follow in August/September 2010
Pikemen in October/November 2010
Cavalry, Artillerymen and Generals Xmas 2010/early 2011
The beautiful brushwork is by Steve Dyer, figures sold unpainted
The wonderful flag is by John Hutchinson (not supplied by Front Rank)

NEW 28mm MORTARS

Our new 28mm Mortars designed by Tim Adcock are now available to order.
The Mortars are suitable for for the 18th Century and the Napoleonic ranges.
                  EQ96 is a French 10 inch Gribeauval Mortar priced at £5.25
                  EQ97 is a British 10 inch Land Mortar priced at £5.25
                  EQ98 British Coehorn Mortar 3 per pack priced at £2.70
They are on our website www.frontrank.com in the Guns & Equipment sections.


Many thanks for your interest in our figurines and your custom.
Regards
Alec Brown
Front Rank Figurines


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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2010, 03:40:45 PM »
Look nice.

Thought these were same period as Copplestone's "Glory of the Sun."  Whatever happened to that?

It's like he's vanished off the planet?
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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2010, 04:03:40 PM »
It is indeed a real shame that Copplestone seems to have stopped sculpting altogether, including the GOTS range.  :(
No new figures from him for over a year now - and no GOTS cavalry  :'(
Someone said they thought he'd found himself a 'proper job'. Boo. Shame...  ;)

I've heard it's just his creative break.

Offline Lowtardog

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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2010, 04:06:55 PM »
Not overlyl struck on them, dont get me wrong I like Front rank good solid figures and yuo know he will complete a comprehensive range but very similar to the Marlburian figures in style and pose as the good Captain says and after seeing the Copplestone ones they just dont turn me on

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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2010, 06:13:27 PM »
Okay, here are a couple of comparison shots.

I only ordered a dozen figures, but I have to say I'm very pleasantly surprised.
They are a lot bigger and much more finely detailed than some of the other FR figures I've had in the past. In fact, they're slightly bigger even than the Copplestone figures... ( :o) Very cleanly cast too.

Main point to note - these chaps are a lot more 'uniformed' than the slightly freewheeling Copplestone take on the same period. Gone are the C17th baldrick style swordbelts and gone are the matchlock bandoliers. The FR versions are flintlock-armed and very definitely 1685 onwards I'd say - if not out-and-out 1700.

So although they are very nice figures, have lots of character, and size-wise are a pretty good fit, they really represent a slightly different era.

That said, the overall look, cut of the coats etc, is broadly compatible... You pays your money and takes your choice...  ;)

I shall certainly paint a few to see how they turn out.

I'm sure you can tell which are which...  :)




Offline Aaron

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Re: New Release from Front Rank
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2010, 06:26:14 PM »
Much appreciated Captain!

 

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