I now have a box each of Victrix British artillery and Old Guard Grenadiers. I have to say that upon opening the artillery box I was not immediately impressed with the guns on the sprues. The first thing that struck me was how thin the wheels seemed, the rims looked to be somewhat too thin for scale to me. The poses of the crews also looked a bit wooden at first sight I felt. I'm still waiting for some metal artillery to arrive from Perry who are awaiting new stock but I have a feeling that there will be a considerable difference. I initially thought I might put the artillery box aside but then decided that I may as well at least put the set together and see how they looked when assembled. I also did a bit of research on the British carriages of the period and surprisingly on the diagrams I found the wheels do indeed look thinner than I'd imagined. So I went ahead and gave them an initial paint job, the result of which is I think they look OK! They need highlighting as there is no wood texture on the carriage at all, but the pics show my results so far. (The barrels also need more work). It will be interesting to compare with the Perry metal guns once they arrive. I still think the wheels look a little 'thin' but I think they will now be usable at least. I have a test crew undercoated ready for painting, 4 crew per piece. I think in future though I'll stick with metal artillery.
The Old Guard Grenadiers box is good, maybe more mould lines than Perry plastics but they should clean up OK. Heads and faces are excellent and I look forward to painting 2 battalions of these. campaign dress is correct for Waterloo I think given the appalling weather overnight and the descriptions of the bedraggled look of even the finest units on the day.
Any comments on the Victrix artillery welcome, do those wheels look a little thin to you?
(The 95th Rifles in the top pic have just been re-based onto skirmisher bases to match the French.)