They're the first resin figures I've bought though I will probably wait to buy more in metal when he starts production in that medium, but as an introductory offer to subscribers to his newsletter, I couldn't go past the 10% discount offer. They may not last as wargaming figures, especially the delicate lances, but we'll see.
As to the look, Francesco achieves a very realistic look to his figures, reminiscent of Italeri at its finest. He tends to go for the poses neglected by most manufacturers; that is less active, more relaxed, stationery poses that lend themselves well to dioramas in particular.
They come in very professional looking plastic packaging, padded with cotton wool. All figures arrived here in Australia safely from the Netherlands with no breakages or other damage from the trip.
At €37 ($AU 46.50) for the 2 packs, including postage (then another €5 after a postage miscalculation!), they aren't exactly cheap, but I didn't let that stop me just to get my hands on these lovely figures. I would have to think hard again as to whether I needed any more before I bought more. I hope that he can eventually bring down the price, but I understand he's running a business and needs to cover his costs. The sculpting and production values are such that I reckon you're paying for what you get, ie. a very high quality figure. Once he starts production of his metal versions, I think it will be even harder to say no!
He is also producing ranges that aren't catered for by other 1/72nd manufacturers, like Neapolitan troops, Sailors of the French Guard, Austrian hussars etc. He is also planning on bringing out heads for conversions, which I always like, so I'm sure I'll buy some of those, too.
If, like me, you're a 1/72nd Napoleonic figure wargamer/collector, you could do a lot worse than get yourself some of these figures. Don't be put off by the cost, because once you get them I'm sure you'll be impressed and believe that every penny spent is well worth it!
See more at his website http://www.franznap.com/
|Command figures with alternative saddles and arms|
|Figures and separate arms for alternative poses.|