The recent Plastic Soldier Review (PSR) review of the Ox Wagon set is, as almost always with PSR, well-considered, researched and well written.
The reviewer likes the wagon and the plastic it is made from. So do I. A 'well done' to HaT for the wagon. It's a good and versatile piece, and very useful.
The Oxen are fine as well. But, there are not enough of them. Not nearly enough in fact. To pull that wagon those two animals would have to be supercharged.
As the PSR reviewer points out, the wagon with two oxen is Ok for wargames as a marker. After all, a full train of a couple of dozen oxen arrayed on a single base would, on the tabletop, present quite an obstacle if placed side on to an advancing Zulu regiment. Those Zulus would be slowed down and disordered clambering over and under the animals, and would be therefore easier targets for the waiting Brits to pick off as they negotiated the obstacle. Think of the chaos the released cattle cause to one of the Zulu attacks in the film 'Zulu'...
However, what's the point of producing a set which otherwise is inadequate, because it doesn't have enough draught animals?
A suggestion then: Could HaT produce a Supplement set for the Ox Wagon? This set would include extra Oxen - say, about 8 or so), maybe a seated driver or two (and/or passengers), some useful cargo (bales/barrels/boxes), perhaps a few mules or baggage ponies (say about 8 of these as well) as well.
Such a set would be invaluable, not only for the colonial period but also for many others. It wouldn't have to be a large set, and would be priced accordingly.
More oxen would be very welcome. Personally, I would much prefer a small set with just the animals and their yokes (many manufacturers do baggage/ loads of some sort). They would make a versatile alternative to draught horses, and thus attract those who like me don't do the Zulu wars.
Pack horses would be great as well, obviously with packs.
Why not include some baggage camels and donkeys or mules with your beasts of burden set. Todd
What a good idea a beasts of burden set it should be quite easy for Hat to produce this maybe from other sets ,some of the artillery sets had a few pack horses included & also maybe make a drivers set with different heads for a bit of variety.