To end the year Hät is close to release a new batch of excellent sets.
In our favourite scale they are:
8174 Brunswick Cavalry
8175 Wurttemberg Cavalry
8197 Prussian Hussars
8237 Zulu War British Inf
8248 El Cid Spanish Command
8249 El Cid Moorish Command
8279 Nap Mounted Officers
8299 Zulu War Brit Command
8304 Napoleonic British Command
Some of them long time waited, as are the related to Zulu Wars. All have an excellent looking, but some features catch our attention, as for example the existence of separate heads, even one set show figures without head. This can cause some problem as glue don’t take very well this figs, but are a nice detail to achieve more variety.
Also the sculpture for the “El Cid” related boxes haves a superb appearance.
Napoleonic fans also will be very happy, a well bunch of related sets are in the list.
Also they will release two sets in the 1/32 scale, not in the scope of this blog.
Note than the sprue shots correspond to a test stage, so could happen some changes with the final released product.
As many other ancient armies, Ancient Indian ones was mostly composed by infantry men. Forgotten by history, these men taken from the lower social caste, fight against Alexander the Great, but also joint him after Poros defeat, in Hidaspes battle.
Most of the Indian infantry was formed by archers and spear-men, well represented in the set. They used bamboo bows almost so tall as they was. Arrows were carried in large baskets in their back.
Some figures wear leather protection on chest, identifying them as heavy infantry. Armour was very uncommon in those armies, not so much as the set represent.
Second Row second figure is a “wild tribesmen auxiliary”. They usually works as archers without sword and he is the only depicted in the set.
Figure wearing feathers is mountain-men. The only difference is the absence of sword, and also is the only figure depicting these men.
The most interesting figure here is the Female Guard member. After Chandragupta Maurya king these guards was very common. Although is not sure is they fought in the battle field, is a nice detail on the set.
Clothes and weapons are well depicted here, although some variations could occur varying geographical zones and periods, figures are enough generic to cover quite well the subject.
Sculpture quality looks like all the Ancient India range by Coates & Shine. They are some flat figures, but flash is non-existent.
The El Cid range along with the corresponding Moors is in my opinion, one of HaT`s better ranges. Historically, they represent the period well and as the styles of dress,weapons were pretty generic across Europe at the time they can be recruited into a Norman army, and some of the light infantry as Saxons. They are made of soft plastic, well sculpted and there is very little flash, although, due to the softness of the plastic, removal of any flash can be a bit difficult, as it just bends away from the blade. Scalpel / modelling knives, although sharp are not really thin enough for the job so I recommend using a razor blade, which needs cutting to a point to enable you to get in all the small corners. I also advise using a razor blade when cutting this type of plastic during converting the figures.
The set consists of 96 figures, which comes on four sprue of 24, divided into heavy and light infantry types. There are 8 heavy infantry poses and 8 light infantry poses, which means a few of the poses are repeated 8 times within the set.
Some of the light infantry after head transplants
The same, heavy infantry part of the set, painted up as their northern “neighbours”, the Normans. A pretty versatile set…useful as Normans, Iberians or early crusaders.
A couple of the heavy infantry painted as Normans and stood alongside the Strelets Norman infantry.
The one really big difference between the HaT and the Strelets figures, the HaT ones have their shields held to the left or right sides of their bodies….the Strelets ones have them held forward. When the two sets are combined this has an advantage. The Strelets figures can be used to form the front part of the shield wall, the Hat Figures can be used to form protection to the left and right flanks. Combine this with a few of the figures from the Strelets Norman infantry on the march set to fill out the rear and you have a pretty decent looking battle line. The bottom photo shows 21 figures on a 12cm by 8cm Impetus wargames sized base.
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My latest collaboration: Hät’s WWII American Tank Riders.
Set haves 4 equal sprue, with 9 soldiers and 2 (tank) drivers each. One of the soldiers have a bazooka and other a heavy machine gun. There is also a man carrying munition for the bazooka and one officer wearing binoculars. All the figures are one part, except one, which haves an option for an arm, wearing an automatic or semi-automatic weapon.
The sprue comes in a soft green plastic, but they almost haven’t mould lines neither flash, detail is better than many other Hät’s sets and they have been a pleasure to paint, so i hope this brand will be giving us good surprises in future, although they must change the plastic by a harder one some day.
The figure with the arm option will need some putty to seal the join.
Here there are the figs before to paint work. Due to the soft plastic the best work to put them ready to paint isn’t work with a drill, just heat a needle and then pin the figure by the rear zone 🙂
Blackened zones are due the “needle” technique to remove the mould lines, also based in hot a needle and pass them over the mould line, but be careful, a too hot needle could damage the figure, so try it before in a sprue part to get the feeling. Then figures have been primed with Chaos Black spray by form Citadel.
Right top stand up figure isn’t from this set. It’s an Italeri ones.
Figure paint is quite basic, based in the base colour – wash – highlight technique.
Helmets and Bazooka: Olive Drab -889 Vallejo Model Color.
Jacket: U.S. Green – 893 Vallejo Model Color.
Trousers and helmet’s straps: A 1:1 nix of Scorched Brown/Graveyard Earth Citadel
Straps: Khaki Brown- 988 Vallejo Model Color.
Boots, Leather jacket (tank drivers) and weapons’ wooden: 50/50 Scorched Brown/bestial Brown (Citadel). Jacket have been highlighted using some red.
Flesh: Tallarn Flesh Citadel.
Once dried, a wash with Devlan Mud have been applied. A highlight with original base colours is recommended to clear the result.
Here I bring you the latest work that I have done. It’s the 8180 HAT Miniatures reference that brings us a set dedicated to the British colonial wars. This set shows a Gardner gun of the Royal Navy which could be installed both on a ship and on land.
The Set includes four of these guns with support for ships or wheels to be used on the ground. It comes with two gunners, an officer, and three sailors with rifle. Likewise, it also includes three additional heads wearing the typical sailor hat, if you want to represent them by shooting from a boat.
The material of which it is made is the typical HAT soft plastic to which we are accustomed, which has given me more than one problem, taking me even having to replace and remodel parts in the assembly. Modelling in the Canyon is decent, but the soldiers is nothing short of horrible especially in the faces and the sables. It exasperate me so much that I decided to paint them as they were, rather than lose a big amount of time in remodelling the non-existent faces, good luck for us, with the hats they are hardly visible.
Paint (Base colour):
Hat / edge of the scarf / pants: white.
Jackets: Dark blue.
Wood rifle and boots: brown
Barrel guns and pistol: Boltgun Metal.
Skin: Tallarn Flesh.
To paint them has been simple, just I have applied the base colour over black primer colour, then I applied a layer of Devlam Mud and after drying, I applied a light with the same tone of the base colour. The figure does not deserve more effort, because although it is a good acquisition for the cheap and the quantity, the quality offered does not give satisfaction in the painted.
I recommend you to change wheel and barrel joints by metal bolts.
Even so, if you want to form a Colonial army is a good acquisition which you can buy here.
I love the colonial age… don’t know why.
These guys are my first colonial paint work, so they would be considering as a test painting.
The first mistake, the red coats’ trouser, which are too blue. Although there are some variants for these guys none is so blue, you can choose a dark blue as the royal artillery, a very light blue or a sand colour, but not so blue as i did.
Second mistake is the use of red coats and sand uniforms, these guns were allways crewed by the royal artillery guys, which worn a dark blue, but a for a test painting i wants to try these colours too.
Probably there are some other mistakes, figures has cuffs but i didn’t paint them in all the teams, as i haven’t see pictures of the royal artillery with cuffs in other colour.
About the guns itself i also paint one green, which is not correct, seems that all was painted in some blue.
About the set, we only can say that you get 4 Gatling gun fully crewed by just some Euro, i reserved one gun for the ACW project, although i must remade the munitions barrel. All the set is Ok, gun parts fit quite well, and there are a lot of figures which can be useful for other sets/uses. The only odd for my taste is the figure who stands close to the wheels, his pose only allows this usage and sculpture is quite strange, too big shoulders. Maybe he is just a very strong man.
Sandy: Vallejo Iraqui Sand + “Quick Shade”.
Red Coats: Vallejo 70957 Flat Red + Unknown Citadel Blue (Sorry, i don’t remember which one i used) + “Quick Shade”.
Royal Artillery: Vallejo 70925 Intense Blue + Citadel Black Wash.
Used in all the figs, white, Citadel Snake Bit leather, Gold and silver colours.
The novelty for this work is that i used The Army Painter “Quick Shade” Medium tone for the Red Coats and Sandy ones, and i quite happy with this product. The only odd is that you must use matt varnish after use the “Quick Shade” as it is terribly brightness, but it shades quite well over a lot of colours, most for light or brightness colours, such sandy, red, light “all” and so. Is curious how it works with the varnish, brightness go off, but also they look less shadowed after varnish… i don’t know… i will try this product for next works, we will see, but by the moment i like it more than Vallejo or Citadel washes.
I must said i didn’t use the “dip” method, i brushed the product, and you must carefully clean the brush after it, as product is more like a varnish than a wash. The other question concerning this product is that it took an eternity to dry, if you use it in the afternoon you could forget the figures until the next day. Also, and i don’t know why, this products works quite bad if you try to highlight figures with dry bush after apply it, so it demands other way to work: Base colour – Highlight – Quick Shade, while i usually use Wash – Highlight.
I hope you like it.
Buy unbuild and unpainted this excellent set here.
Chariots were introduced by Aryans in the middle of 2nd BC century, and they were permanently used by the southern kingdoms while northern kingdoms were too mountain to use them. In this age Indian was a convulse territory with a lot of kingdoms fighting between them. Chariots were usually riding by noble men and was often used to charge against infantry formation to spread them as cavalry do. They also have an important physiologic component, see a two or four horse chariot charging against you… well…
Hät set comes with three teams of two horse chariots, they are well designed, better than the box illustration, which shows two lower lateral parts. You also get three men for each chariot, a driver, an archer and a noble men. They comes with a base, so can be useful for other things. Set also comes with some “estrange” extras, an elephant rider and an infantry man who can be used as crew instead of one of the above mentioned or you can reserve it for future uses as i did :). Set also comes with a beautiful umbrella which i used with the elephant set. As the mast is too soft i replaced it.
Maybe this figures looks to tick, but i like this style. Although the poses looks a bit strange in a first sigh they take a better appearance once they are put together in the chariot. Maybe you want to remove the base, but be careful with feet, cut this very soft plastic can achieve a disaster ! They fit tight even without bases so i prefer to don’t this.
Figures are quite well detailed and even if they are soft plastic the chariot parts fits very well, even without glue.
This time i used a different combination for the Indian skin, they are black primed and a layer of Khemri Brown. Washed with Devlan Mud and two lighting coats, one with Khemri Brown and second with a mix of Bleached bone and Khemri Brown.
For the horses i used Scorched Brown as base coat, washed with Devlam Mud, highlighted with Bestial Brown. Belts in red, straps also in red, they are made with slim wire (from loaf :)). Put them prior to painting, they need to drill, i recommend to drill a bit tick than the wire is.
Brown have been used for the chariot with some red, orange white and metal, not the best painting, but, it is for the battle field, not for a contest 😀
Although always there are different opinions about Hät quality or style this one is a quite well engineered set and easy to built. This one completes the Hät’s ancient Indian sets with infantry, cavalry, elephants and chariots, what more do you want ? ;).
Even the odds it is a cheap and quite nice option for gaming, yo get three full chariots with some extras.
You can buy this set here.
Is hard to know when the Elephant was used for first time at war, but it’s sure it was very common in ancient Indian armies, and they will remain during centuries in this role. Even they was a formidable weapon, they aren’t so big as African Elephants, so was no possible to create heavy structures over it to protect the crew/soldier. A well trained infantry could defeat them quite easily.
Even if it’s not sure it they was a really effective weapon against professional armies (such the Alexander’s ones.) they was a symbol of the King’s power.
This set is quite similar to other from Hät, the Macedonian Elephant , which probably were adopted by Alexander after know the Indian armies ones, the only difference is the head.
elephant comes in 3 parts, two for the body and the head. All parts fits quite well without glue. If you want to use glue to reinforce the union you will need Cyanoacrylate glue, the soft Hät´s plastic don’t glue with many other kind of glue.
Set comes with a classic crew of three men, one driver, one archer and one javelin men. All of them are well depicted in both weapons and clothes. Here i added one more men from the Hät Indian Chariot set. Figures haven’t any pin to put here over the Elephant’s back, so you can choose different combinations with more or less crew also changing the order.
Figures almost haven’t flash, which is hard to remove in this kind of soft plastic, so it’s good the absence of it.
To paint the dark Indian skin i used a base coat of Citadel Scorched Brown, then highlight then several layers of Scorched Brown mixed with Bestial brown and even Elf Flesh. Lately i used a base coat of Kemri Brown and a Devlan Mud wash, highlighting with pure Kemri Brown, which gives a better result than the first try.
Elephant figure also have been painted with Citadel paints, as follows:
Base colour is Citadel Charandon Granite, then it’s washed with Devlan mud. After wash several layers of increased mix of Charandon with Codex Grey applied by Dry Brush. A final highlighting layer of Fortress Grey have been applied. Around face, back knee and hindquarters areas another dry brush layer of Elf Flesh is used to depict the common albinism spots in this specie. Eyes are painted with Citadel Vomit Brown.
Base is made from a plastic part + cardboard over it. All covered with Pumice stone and painted directly with Ogryn Flesh. Tufts are from “The Army Painter” range.
A good set primary inspired for Alexander the Great which can be useful for other periods too. If you are lucky some boxes were manufactured with 3 elephants inside !!!
Already on marketplace Hät have released a new large batch of sets, with some very interesting additions, from Colonial to WW2 through a couple of WWI sets.
Details as test shots can be found in Hät page, www.hat.com
My personal interest goes to Colonial and WWII ones, which seems to have the excellent sculpture quality which Hät is lately showing, and cover some subjects hard to find in other ways (Preiser and some of them are depict for first time). We don’t want to discuss here if German troops were riding tanks to engage in combat, but as many pictures show sure it occurs in other moments, and the same for US and British troops, it was very common to ride a tank for transport and also they can work great to populate other vehicles such half-tracks.
About the WWI Indian infantry I guess they can be used as colonial troops for early 20th century or very late 19th. We will wait to Plastic Soldier Review comments to know more about this.
The 4 non WWII sets haves the same problem, they are 32 figures in 4 equal sprue, with only 8 poses, without command, NCOs, bearers or so. So they are a bit repetitive. $ tank riders’ sets have 44 figures in 11 poses, including 2 tank crew (half figures) and a great variety of weapons and officers, so they look more completed sets.
HÄt seems to be the most prolific manufacturer by this time.
Past week, Hät’s forum showed pictures for two new sets test, Natal Native Contingent and Carthaginian Veteran.
They looks fine, although pictures haven’t much quality. Face’s details aren’t appreciable, but some poses and outfits look great, never done before, on colonial ones, subject which i like specially. I don’t know nothing about Carthaginian armies, so i can’t opine.
I hope to see them soon on stores. !
For the end of the year and as a Christmas’s gift, Hät forum published on 23th, a new entry for the sprue test of two new sets.
The subject of the sets are the same , German army wagons, for the two great wars. Horses seems to be the same. It’s important don’t forget the important role of horses in both wars.
Figures quality seems to be a bit poor than other latest Hät’s releases, but as they are unmade before sets, they are very welcome. I haven’t info about release date for these sets, but we can expect second or third quarter next year. (i hope soon)
Also, Hät , releases a curious Holiday Greetings. I will try to follow some of that tips. 🙂
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