A few years ago Napoleonic wargamers were thrilled when a new designer began producing a range of French infantry the detail and artistry of which took wargames figures to a wholly new dimension. True the figures were comparatively expensive, so expensive said some that they would never prove popular. But as always quality sold, and gamers like myself scrapped some of our veteran units to make space for these immaculate newcomers.
The designer is Tony Barton, who I am lucky enough to have known for over 20 years through our membership of The Roundhead Association. At that time Tony was producing rather larger scale models of superb detail and breathtaking realism and beauty for organisation such as museums. Tony has currently turned his attention to the production of magnificent true 1/76th scale World War II models.
The packs reviewed were picked at random from the stock carried at Varnapatak, and all were cleanly and crisply cast. All the models are for the late war period, post D-Day. The poses are all extremely realistic, and show a use of imagination, not only with the wargamer in mind but also the diorama maker and figure collector. And this is probably the secret of the high quality of these models. There is no question of the *good enough for gaming* approach. Instead every single model has to be of the highest quality. Highly recommended.
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