HäT 8007 Napoleonic Prussian Artillery
Figurines HaT 8007 Artillerie prussienne (première édition) - 1/72
Napoleonic Prussian Artillery (first set)
1/72e - 24 figurines + 4 canons - 24 figures with 4 guns
Dès 1996, notre société (Mycroft's brother) a pris contact avec le créateur aux Etats-Unis et a ainsi été la première société à importer la production Hät en France avec un contrat d'exclusivité pour plusieurs années.
Il nous reste encore quelques boîtes de cette référence.
Le produit que nous mettons en vente fait partie de la première série fabriquée, la première édition.
Date Released: 1997
Contents: 24 figures + 4 guns
Poses: 6 poses
Material: Plastic (Medium)
Average Height: 24 mm (= 1.73 m)
Review from Plastic Soldier Review
As with the rest of the army, the disastrous Jena campaign resulted in the Prussian artillery undergoing considerable changes, including the uniform. This set depicts the artillery in the 1808-15 uniform, which as with the rest of the army was closely modelled on that of the Russians.
This set comes in two types. The first type includes the 24 figures and four carriages, with three barrels for each carriage.
The six poses include one artilleryman who has drawn his sword (presumably an non-commissioned officer), and another who is carrying his musket. Artillerymen were issued muskets, but these seemed to have been left behind when going on campaign (apart from non-commissioned officers, who carried carbines), so the figure carrying his musket is of limited value. One man appears to be pulling something while carrying his trail spike over his shoulder. This is a correct pose and suggests manhandling the gun back into position after it has fired.
As with other early HaT sets the standard of sculpting is not all that it might be. The ramrod is a little too short for our liking, and none of the men have any detail on their coat tails. Scabbards follow the line of the leg and are quite two-dimensional, and folds in the clothing are less than convincing. The rather thin look to these figures is not pleasing to the eye, and tends to be in contrast with most other figures (although to date no one else has made any Prussian artillery anyway).
The uniform, though simple enough, has been properly shown, with all shakos covered in oilskins as was normal. From 1807 the artillery wore open collars, but around 1813 closed collars were introduced, though the open collar seems to have remained common for some time. Some of the men in this set appear to wear open collars and some closed. The men do not have packs, blankets etc., but these would normally have been stored in the rear before action anyway.
The gun carriage is much simplified, and missing some key features like the hole in the trail plate by which it should be hitched to a limber. However the provision of three barrels per carriage allows great flexibility of use. The common Prussian gun sizes were 6- and 12-pounder guns and 7-pounder howitzers.
This is a subject that has not been done elsewhere, which is remarkable considering the interest in Waterloo sets from many manufacturers. All the components fit together well, and there is little flash, but the sculpting leaves much to be desired.