The main thing that strikes me is the lack of purpose in the combined poses. The officer is pointing albeit in a rather lackluster way doing his job of directing the activity. We have the rammer holding his tool upright, obviously waiting for the gun to be fired, for which we have in the torch guy -- I least I think so, as it looks more like a baton [??!] --- and we have the guy holding the ball. OK. But then we have the trailspike pose which seems to be in mid-effort to move the gun. While firing?? And we also have the vent stopper whose function is to prevent premature firing while loading/ramming of the charge. But our rammer guy is just standing there. And you can't have the vent guy doing that while the torch guy is about to light it up.
Or long story short, a very mixed up group and a crew doing mistimed tasks.
Compare that to a typical crew done by Perry Miniatures:
|note the pose with his back to us is holding the ball and about to load into the tube while the rammer awaits to immediately place the charge, the vent guy with his thumb over the hole and the trail spike guy in the rear resting until needed again. Nice snapshot of a crew in action.|
|again, a beautiful snapshot of a crew in action. (from the Perry website)|
I will now present each pose in close up. While I am a critical as the next guy about the sculpting, as I am about how others have painted their minis, I try not to make judgement as I am not a good sculptor and others can certainly paint better than I. With that in mind, I leave it up to the viewer to make their own opinion. Do remember that the minis are only an inch in height and these photos are large!
The only thing I will comment upon with all sculpting is choice or design of the uniform as that is one thing that should be done correctly. I must query the choice of a bonnet (seemingly very Scottish in nature with a pompom on top) worn by the ball holder. On an American Marine/sailor?? Yes perhaps a deserter or such, but it does not seem very American (unless I am incorrect and it IS the official forage cap of the navy....). I will not make comment about the rest of the naval uniforms as it not my specialty. However, as I will be using the crew for British also, for me, it is a moot point.