As for Product #51017 Chasseurs of the Garde ($5.00 British Pounds): Ferach elf light infantry, my fist impression was that the elf faces were very narrow and long and that the ankles were too thin. After painting I’ve decided I liked the the slight weirdness of the faces since it gave an air of alienness to the elves (some manufacturers distinguish their elves strictly on the one obvious elven feature, ears, almost to the point of comicalness). Having thier elves wear a distinctive style of face along with the pointy ears is a sublte distinction for a race but I perfer it as other manufacturers are really just producing humans with pointy ears. Sadly the ankles were to thin as one snapped when I attempted to trin the base (pre-slotta) to base them on a cobble stone base. Its not really a problem if you dont trim the integral base like I did and if you do the ankle was easy enough to drill and pin. (The reason for the thin ankles, I beleive, is that the soldier is suppose to be wearing "gators" but I thought they were a little short and maybe the remedy would be to file and scuplt new ones with greenstuff).
All of the details on the figs were crisp without "blurring" – faces had distinct eyelids, eyes, and eyebrows and the the flint and lock mechanisms on the muskets were easily destinct – a real plus. I thought the musket was a little short but I’m not a real expert on 18 century firearms and yeah their elves they dont have to match historic Chasseurs exactly its just that the length of rifle was what I expected on a Wild West figure not a mussel loading flintlock.
There was minimal flash and no casting defects Overal a very paintable figure and at a rough cost of $2.50 (US) each I thought their quality to cost ratio made them a great buy.
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