A great new range I was waiting for for years!
When I was a young boy in the late '70s, my father started casting tin soldiers with moulds from German company Schildkröt, called "Zinnbrigade" (Tin Brigade), a series of 40mm fully round figures of the German Empire around 1900. So when I saw the first promotions for this new range from Prince August I was really excited.
My moulds arrived three days ago and I made a few castings at the same day. The castings came out quite perfectly; the moulds are very easy to cast. (Tip: Use four clamps instead of two, this reduces flashing.) The parts fit perfectly, and the figures are easy to assemble (Tip: Assemble only the arms and heads before painting, and the backpacks and the rifle after painting!).
The uniforms of the 182 Line Regiments were generally alike: dark blue ("Prussian Blue") coats and black-grey trousers (white in summer and on Parade). But there were also hundreds of minor variations, as for the piping of the cuffs or the color of the shoulder straps. And to make it even more complicated, the Bavarian Regiments maintained their traditional light blue ("Bavarian Blue") coats and trousers. The large 54mm size (my favourite scale) gives everybody who is interested in such details the possibility to paint a lot of these variations and to create figures of particular Regiments. For example I am painting my first figures in the uniforms of the Regiments No. 81-83, the Regiments of the Electorate of Hesse (the former Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel, annexed by Prussia after the Prussian-Austrian War of 1866).
I hope a lot more moulds of the Germans will follow in this range, including cavalry (Uhlans, please! :-) )