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Scott Johnson

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Re: Carl-Cortum 30mm 1870 Prussians and French
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2013, 05:25:49 PM »
Hello Bani,

Thanks for the information and your photos. I am a flats wargamer (and yes, flats are better than full rounds!) beginning to take interest in the Franco-Prussian War era. I will continue to follow this thread.

Scott
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böckchen

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Re: Carl-Cortum 30mm 1870 Prussians and French
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2013, 11:44:17 AM »
Thanks Bani, for your remarks! ;)

Unfortunately, the pharmacy does not have a wish direckt Shopp. :-[
You should first figures lists (Image catalog) get if you do not already have this?.
It'd be worth going in for.
best regards
Wolfgang


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Re: Carl-Cortum 30mm 1870 Prussians and French
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013, 11:10:21 AM »
Thank you both!
Hi Wolfgang, I think you're asking why I mount each figure on a second base? The reason is because the plastic base is a bit more stable and makes it easier to handle during painting and setting up a temporary display without touching the figure itself and marring the paint. It's also for a bit of light wargaming on very rare occassions when my friends boast that their full figures are better than flats.. In short, it's easier for me to handle  :)
I do plan on buying and reviewing some 1870 Frauendorf figures very soon, perhaps some Prussian cavalry to begin.

Bani

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Re: Carl-Cortum 30mm 1870 Prussians and French
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2013, 10:44:45 AM »
Good review Bani, keep them coming it's what we need here.
Roger Newsome.
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Re: Carl-Cortum 30mm 1870 Prussians and French
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2013, 10:40:52 AM »
Bani Hello,
thank you for your presentation.
Question! :o
The figures are worked on a zusetzliches footboard. Is there one particular reason? ???

I'd like picures in any case, the figures of Offizin Wish / Halle, Germany.
http://www.zinnfiguren-wuensch.de/

It is there to ausschlislich J.Frauendorf engravings.
1870/71 once J.Frauendorf perönliches was his area of ​​expertise, thus it has also created a wide variety of beautiful figures.
best regards
Wolfgang


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Carl-Cortum 30mm 1870 Prussians and French
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2013, 10:05:52 AM »
Hi all,
This is a short review I posted on my blog, figured it would be good to repost it here. A few weeks ago I spent a bit of my birthday money on more 30mm Franco-Prussian War flats, this time from Carl-Cortum Figuren.
My first impressions, as with the lasting impression, was very good. The figures are quite thinner than the other figures I own; Droste's 1870 figures and Dr Sollner's SYW Prussians. There are only three action poses of 1870-71 Prussian Infantry in the catalogue, but they are very dynamic and unique. I had ordered one of each but received a duplicate of the firing chap instead of the one swinging his rifle butt from the hip, so I only have two of the three variants (Fig 1).
I painted one up for this review, and it's my first Prussian for the 1870 collection! (Figs 2 and 3) As fellow Franco-Prussian War enthusiasts will note, the engraving has a fictional third band on the Dreyse, which of course only ever had two in reality. It's easy to scrape off the very faint marking for this band, but I decided to leave it on because the two remaining bands would not be spaced correctly anyway. Furthermore, the figures come without shoulder boards engraved, but this doesn't really matter; it's pretty easy to paint on the boards in any colour and add a tiny spot of gold for the brass button. The poses will really stand out in the Prussian ranks that I'm yet to paint, and will be particularly useful for such scenes as St Privat.
Onto the French! I bought a full set of 8 Chasseurs a Pied, and a few surrendering troops for Sedan. Great poses, and I'm particularly fond of the kneeling figure (Fig 4). The Yataghan bayonets of the Chasseurs bear a strange resemblance to cutlasses, but I'm not bothered by this. Fig 5 is a bayonet comparison- on the left is a Droste Yataghan and beside it one from the Carl-Cortum Chasseurs.
To be honest, I only have one or two problems with the Carl-Cortum figures I ordered, and even those issues are rather minor. Firstly a small error which affects both the Chasseur set and the portion of surrendering troops in my possession- the waist belt appears to be absent on the backside. This begs the question; is the backside cartridge pouch floating in the air? The answer is not so simple; I've noticed that the smaller details on Carl-Cortum figures are engraved quite shallow, meaning that either it is difficult to see the belt or that it just isn't there. Either way, a neat line of black paint will resolve it. The next issue only affects one figure to my memory: one of the surrendering lignards (Fig 6) has a row of buttons down the middle of his capote rather than the real, double-breasted style. Not a problem when you display the set en masse as I intend to, but it remains a historical innaccuracy. On his backside you can also see what I mean about the waist belt.
The figures are accurate overall, and I'll certainly order more from Carl-Cortum in the future, perhaps a Prussian ambulance and some Bavarian artillery crew next time... Expect another review then!  ;)
Bani

 

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