Friday, February 1, 2013
READY FOR INSPECTION: Eureka 28mm Polish
I visited EUREKA MINIATURES yesterday after work and purchased some of the recently cast POLISH INFANTRY and ARTILLERY (1809-14).
These are 28mm miniatures and are a recent addition to EUREKA's expanding Napoleonic range. EUREKA has a very good French Revolution range, but with the these Poles (together with their very nice Saxon Heavy Cavalry -1812) EUREKA seems to be moving into the 'Napoleonic Proper' period of 1805 -1815.
I must say I'm not sure if these Polish will be in the 'EUREKA MINIATURES' stable, or simply cast and sold by Nic at EUREKA. I believe they are sculpted by Paul Hicks.
I guess all that 'industry stuff is of interest to some, but I must admit I don't really care who owns the range at the end of they day, I just want to know where I can get them from, and it appears EUREKA has the selling rights.
Lets look at the infantry first.
They a produced in FULL DRESS and CAMPAIGN uniforms. I purchased my Poles in Campaign dress.
As expected you have available the elite company troops (Grenadiers and Voltigeurs) and the Line or Center company Fusiliers. The command types consist of Officers, Drummers, Eagle Escorts / Guards and Eagle Bearers.
BELOW: Pioneer and two Drummers
There is anything from 3 to 6 variants for the infantry, and at least two different Drummers.
There are two different variants of Eagle Guards. I'm unsure how many different types of officers there are. I think you only get one option for a pioneer, (though you should only need one anyway).
The posing is first rate, and there are no silly poses to be found here.
As for the actual cannon you get a choice of Austrian 6 Pdrs (captured and handed over to the fledgling Polish Grand Duchy, or French 8 Pdrs.
As with all of EUREKA MINIATURES artillery, you get all the bibs'n'bobs. Rammers, Buckets, stacked muskets and ammo boxes to name just a few.
The detail is very good and very little clean up was required. I purchased the Austrian guns, (mainly because I'd only purchased French cannon in the past).
BELOW: The Gunners: Loading and below them, Firing.
My mate 'Gunner Dunbar' has also done a review of these miniatures (well, the Infantry at least) some time ago. You can read his comments here LINK
You can see painted examples here: LINK and here: LINK
It has come to my attention that the Poles were originally a commission job by Roger Murrow and they are also available from him as 'MURROWSKI MINIATURES'. There are Krakus Cossaks, ADCs and Generals available. Good Times good times!
Oh, and if you're in the market for a Giraffe riding a unicycle EUREKA MINIATURES can help you with that.
Cheers for now.