HaT is a manufacturer of mostly 1/72 soft plastic figures. I have a Macedonian and Persian army from them. They are good figures, but no one seems to game ancients in that scale - it is either 15mm or 25/28mm.
HaT must have recognized this and has begun putting out a line of 28mm El Cid era figures. They still do not seem to have much of a grasp of the wargame market as their figures are upscaled from their 1/72 line. Details like chainmail and faces are indistinct compared to any other plastic 28mm products on the market. Most striking though, are the proportions. The HaT figures are more accurate, with a figure about 7 heads tall, whereas most 28mm figures run 5 or 6 heads tall. This can make HaT's visually incompatible side by side - if that matters. Because all I wanted were the horses, which don't seem to suffer from scaling issues, I bought a box:
Three identical sprues come in a box. The horses and riders are single piece models, in a hard, slightly glossy plastic. The horses are good, the riders are the weak point.
On the other hand, they are inexpensive. I can get a pack for under $16 at a "big box" hobby store, or pay a little more via the internet. That's a decent price for 12 plastic 28mm figures - but are they worth it in terms of quality?
Below, here are some of the Essex heavy cavalry mounted on HaT horses. All it took was a little shaving of the saddle and some file work on the rider.
|Essex Arabs on HaT horses.|
I was tempted to work on a unit using the included figures. I clipped off the original heads and glued a spare head from the Gripping Beast plastic Arab box. Since the head is what are eyes are most drawn to, this conversion goes a long way to make these figures compatible with other 28mm lines.
|HaT Arabs with Gripping Beast heads|
Below, a comparison of the converted HaT to similar models.
|From left to right, Old Glory, the converted HaT, Gripping Beast and Artizan.|
The same horses for my Tang China cavalry
Overall, the HaT's are a good, but not ideal way to supplement your early Arab or Moor army. In light of the recent announcement from Gripping Beast that plastic Arab cavalry is coming in April, I am afraid these might not be so useful after all.