Just been browsing the Essex 15mm Feudal/Early Medieval range and came across codes MID49-MID54 which are new to me. They depict light/medium foot armed with spear or axe - some with shields, some without.
Not as awkward as some of the early Airfix 1/72 range of figures. The ones I cut my teeth on back in the late 60's early 70's. Now they were awkward!
There was a large number of figures depicted running and waving their hand in the air, another batch looked like the poor guy was having a stroke whilst carrying a rifle/weapon, they may have been trying to club/stab and enemy who knows? I remember a figure I believe from the ancient British set that had him standing still with his arms hanging down but slightly away from the body. He looked like he had fallen in the pond and was trying to dry off. Then there was the figures from the British Paratrooper set. One chap is firing his rifle up in the air! What was he doing? Shooting his mates as they floated down? And another of them was lifting items out of a drop canister but the way he is bending down makes him look like he is doing a Jane Fonda workout (For those who remember Jane Fonda, I do, Jane Fonda that is not the workout) or he has a bad case of sciatica, not a condition to have if you are a paratrooper.
Don't start me on the Napoleonic range! French Fusilier who is holding his rifle against his cheek whilst appearing to dance a jig, the British Artillery man who somehow managed to get the scabbard of his sabre through the handle of the bucket he is carrying, that was not going to end well! Or the British Infantry man who is supposed to be crawling but looks more like he is searching for his contact lens.
"I would rather have a russet coated Captain who knows what he fights for and loves what he knows. Than he who calls himself a gentleman, and is but little else." Oliver Cromwell
Luckily I have only a few 15mm Essex mounted medieval knights as the horses, though well modelled, have saddles without any cantles on them, and I have had to add these myself using card stuck on and then soaked in superglue. This is fiddly, but well worth the trouble. Some of the poses are irritating, like the knight with the lance sloped sideways - the only use for such a model is a command figure with the standard bearer well back so the other chap's lance does not hit him in the face!
Then my favourite rave is the fact that 'Teutonic knights' are made with fancy headgear that in rerality the Order's strict rules forbade, wearing cloaks that in battle would have been a serious encumbrance and riding caparisoned or armoured horses that the Order never used. I make these comments after checking German-language sources and spoken to the museum staff at Marlborg (formerly Marienburg) in Poland. It's sad to see so many beautifully-painted Teutonic armies using figures that repeat all these errors.