I enjoyed the two first units of Carabiniers from Front Rank, and what's not to like about spiffy blue uniforms and bearskin hats? But to form an elite formation for my SP2 force, I needed more than 16 men. So next up I got two packs of 8 Carabiniers from Wargames Foundry, to bulk out the formation.
I managed to find a pack of the parade style uniform, with plumes and the Hessian boots, and in the end they ended up looking very similar in both size and proportions.
Main differences compared with the Front Rank ones:
Other than that they look very similar, and it's hard to even tell them apart when they are put in the same formation. I'd say the foundry miniatures have slightly finer details in some parts, but it's hard to tell from even a short distance.
They're roughly the same price, so the main difference is that you can choose the exact miniatures from Front Rank while Foundry sell theirs in 8 figure packs, where most packs are single-pose miniatures more aimed at large units.
After fielding the entire formation in a game, I must say that I'm pleased with how they add an extra spot of colour with their blue and red uniforms, compared to the more drab fusilisiers in their greatcoats. A good start to the light infantry, and now they only need a little bit of of a Chasseur (the light infantry equivalent of fusilier company) backbone!
"Glory is fleeting,