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My first thought was napoleonic, then I saw the bow/arrows and the muskets and pistols look to be earlier than 1800,so I thought I would ask the question
these are going to my ottoman forces.yay.
They are Napoleonic, and perfect for the Battle of Pyramids or Heliopolis. Bows and arrows were still in wide use by Mamelukes in the late 18th century. They were sometimes more reliable in the heat and dust of Egyptian deserts than pistols and muskets, whose firing mechanisms would get jammed. Interestingly enough, this was also the reason for why matchlock firearms persisted in Ottoman and Mameluke armies throughout the 18th century even though they were long gone in Europe, as they were more reliable in the dirt and dust than flintlock or firelock arms.
I totally applaud this new and bold move into the Middle Eastern campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars. Now, if Strelets really wanted to do something wild and crazy for that era, they could put out a set of lance-and-bow-armed Kalmycks and Bashkirs to fight alongside Russian Cossacks and Hussars against the French in Russia, Germany and Poland!
Thank-you, these guys look superb!I've been waiting
for a long time for Ottoman Empire Napoleonics. I will
definitely be purchasing 10 to 12 boxes for sure! Way to
go Strelets Team.
exceptional sculpting strelets. i hope you consider further arabesque-egyptian figures.Think outside the box. RTW Turkish cavalry next ?(most with lance please)
The Mameluks look great, Boney better watch out! A
very imaginitive choice for a set.
So now, let's go making French Infantry for Egyptian Campaign!
Would like to see Ottoman Infantry (Nizam i Cedit) and some Ottoman Artillery.
These look great figures - and will definately appear alongside my Bashi chaps - in the Sudan...
Nice figures. A French Egyptian expeditionary army on the march would be a great compliment to these figures. Or a set of French infantry in square to play out the battle of the Pyramids.
If we are talking complememtary sets for the Egyptian campaign, dont forget the Brits and sepoys
I say "amen" to all of the above brothers, but lets get an Ottoman Army first; the rest will come soon enough.
Dear Sculptor of Mamelukes,
Very nice artistic work. Body proportions right. Layered clothing blowing in the wind so artistic. The guns are finely detailed, both rifles and pistols. The faces ferocious and warrior-like.
My wish is that you could make a set of African Spahis next.
I would love to see both Mamelukes and Spahis made in Teracotta Red Colour. This colour shows off all of the nice sculptor's details and hard work.
Bravo to you Sir!
Excellent news, really looking forward to getting plenty of these to reinforce my Ottomans
Afican Spahis - fabulous idea...
These look very inspiring.
It would be great if your also made some foot warriors and big guns to accompany them, and also some French and British for Napoleon's Egyptian campaign.
Great stuff, steve
Thanks Duncan! It actually is an appropriate request of Strelets.
Wiki-Encylopedia states: "A detachment of Spahis served as the personal escort of Marshal Jacques Leroy de Saint Arnaud in the Crimean War and were photographed there by Roger Fenton."
These would be so useful for Strelets Crimean War series and so many other campaingns too. I'd like them to scout for my Beau Geste guys too. "The men on the walls, Sir. They are all dead!" I love the Strelets French African Chasseurs, so much so that I had to put in a 2nd order of them for fear they'd become hard to find later.
Hope you read this Strelets - "African Spahis" **by this same Sculptor as these beautiful Mamelukes** in the future, please.
Have a great weekend!
That is some very fine sculpting. I hope they mold just as sculpted. One point though, some seem to be in chain armor and carry shields. Seems odd that they would still be wearing chain mail in the 18th-19th century. I could visualize the same guy fighting Byzantines & Crusaders!