Well my personal preference is more action figures. My games and scenes are more of a tactical nature such as a fight for a village a bridge or redoubt. I usually use a couple of thousand or more troops on a one-to-one ratio. Lots of volleys, attacks, counter-attacks and Close Quarters combat. I only use about 10% standing and marching figures and they are usually for some bulk and to Guard headquarters Supply trains and to augment my artillerymen. Do to my bloodthirsty nature the standing and marching figures usually end up as cannon fodder or cut down mercilessly by enemy cavalry to increase the gore Factor. I need a lot of loading and firing figures and troops advancing with bayontes leveled that can double as melee figures. But I can see where someone playing a more strategic game such as Borodino or Liepzig or a campaign with high figure ratios would need more marching and standing figures. In that respect they become game pieces. I still have a lot of the kid in me and I enjoy "playing" with my little heroes. Another comment is I prefer not to have any standing or marching figures in my command sets. I'd rather have some Junior officers in heroic poses leading my troops, I can promote plenty of Sergeants from my regular Infantry. Lastly I have seen some action sets that had a high proportion of standing Andrew marching figures and that didn't seem like much of an action set to me. It seemed to me like that was being lazy and cutting a corner by using a pose you already had instead of creating a new action pose. Everybody have a good day.
Good evening, Since the discussion seemed to grow bigger on the standing, the loading,etc... it seems we are going towards very boring little soldiers era. Most of us are in this hobby thanks to Airfix full of action boxes and Esci as well. The fact that soldiers spent more time waiting than acting is not a good business model; try to sell armies only standing or waiting and my bet is the hobby disappears in a year. Human are spending 8 hours of their daily life sleeping so if I produce a box of civilian 30% should be in sleeping position! Same if you make a 1/72 scale representation of football player, if you want to sell how do you represent them since they barely play football 2hours a day. We can possibly have a couple of standing figures in a box, ok. Now getting rid of the loading figures will start getting me nervous as we speak of musket era so at some point muskets must be loaded or reloaded. if I don't want loading figures I wil move to another period like Ancient. To me and only to me a box should represent the fundamentals ( firing, loading, advancing, marching) and great examples are Nap French Carabiniers or Nap British Peninsular infantry BUT as Chris Dobson said in a timely manner meaning now and not in ten years.
It was only my couple of euros to the debate. I fully accept to be wrong. Cheers CPN