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"for some reason opponents to the Romans aren't selling in same volumes as the Romans"
As far as I am concerned, the main reason for not buying many sets representing Roman enemies is that the enemies of the Romans have, for the greater part, not been very well researched by the manufacturers. Personally, I am most interested in Rome’s most powerful enemies, the Parthians and Sasanians, and it’s specifically those, I’m talking of.
The best figures of Roman opponents around may be the Carthaginians and Macedonians but only useful for the early Roman period. For the late Republic and Imperial periods, most of the Roman enemies sets made by Strelets or HaT, or even Zvezda, are far from being satisfactory. It's not enough to use Phil Barker's wargaming guides or Osprey booklets, or the internet, as a source. One would have to check the scholarly archaeological literature firsthand, especially the journals, volume by volume, and that would take an enormous amount of time.
Clearly, the sculptors of Roman opponents feel very unsure about how to sculpt their figures, due to lack of profound knowledge and, as a result, their figures often become ugly in terms of poses and anatomy as well.
Another consequence of this want of knowledge is that only the most basic sets are being made, sometimes only one or two, at best. That means that while for the Romans there is an enormous variety of sets representing many troop types and with many poses available, even their greatest and most many-faceted enemies are represented only by a few pro forma token sets that are not quite attractive. That's why I don't buy a lot of those if any.
The few sets that are around so far just don't meet my expectations (the Sassanid sets announced by HaT aren’t historically accurate either). So, I fear that my Romans will have to go on with shadow-boxing. It's a pity.
same here,i find gaul and germanic warriors more interesting.
apart from most recent Arms series and Jacobites we don't normally pack figures in plastic bags, probably they were packed by the shop that you're receiving these sets from.
On the issue of the opponents to the WWII sets your message is noted.
Never had a Strelets figure set in a plastic bag and I have quite a few. They fill the box when they are on the sprue and the figures are moulded in polyethylene so they bend but don't break. They sound like BUM models. Caesar pack figures in small bags and then in a box but they are not the type that break either.
Need enemies, well say something Dave Hennen does not like and your wish will come true
Dave,next time your in walmart dont forget to pick up a sense of humour. Cappy, see what I mean,
back to his point,i also would like some enemies in the strelets style as well.i dont know why the sets produced have not sold well,the ones ive managed to get look good.the others ive not seen yet,so i thought they where a hot seller.
Funny you should mention Walmart, Alan. Periodically, forumers ask each other how they store their collections? For my hobby collection, I purchased 3 Sterilite 4-shelf storage cabints on summer close-out for $25 U.S. each ($97 retail). These things stand nearly 6' tall. I got about 25 Plano ProLatch clear plastic organizers at about $5 each on sale and Bingo! When I want more, I order online and they ship for free to the store for pickup. I've checked every other retailer online and instore such as Sears, Home Depot and Lowes, and the prices can't be beat. Their people actually do the best job at getting good quality items in bulk and keep prices low or have access to them online. I don't actually enjoy going into the stores because of the crowds like anyone else, which is why I order online, but it's no worse than most stores these days plus I've reorganized my collection and garage at very reasonable costs.
And when new boxes of figures arrive, such as Romans, Boer Wars, Zulu Wars etc., I just pop them into the cabinets on the shelves until I find time to enjoy them.
Say what you want, but I've got all my collection out of the sunlight, in minimal space, and all in brand new cabinets and organizers for under $200. I feel pretty good about this especially since I'm protecting the thousands of dollars invested in my collection.
I just noticed it's snowing outside right now, which means I'm going to have a White Christmas this year.
Happy Holidays & Happy Collecting!
..And a merry christmas and happy new year to you.
I am likely to have a wet Christmas 12-13 degrees C. Just right but a bit too wet for some. The money I save on heating can be spent on other things (eg model figures) rather than keeping multi national commodities investors happy with their fat profits from UK utilities. White Christmasses begin and end with Bing Crosby for me but each to their own.
I like the sound of your archive it sounds impressive. I used to get paid to do things like that but it was enjoyable-order out of chaos. Your solution is thrifty as well. Maybe some pics of it in the future.
I am afraid I have been side tracked into 1/76th scale die cast vehicles for the moment- WWII fire and rescue vehicles-Food Flying Squad column to come. No chance of anybody making the figures to go with them so I will have to make my own.
Good luck with your collecting
Well Guys, lets see ...
The large, clear Plano ProLatch Organizer. The picture shows it's especially good for those who enjoy fishing as well ;-) I can stand up an Airfix Wagon, but doubt it's tall enough if based for Wargaming. Still, It's pretty tall w/3 long horizontal rows; all the vertical rows are separate pop-in/pull out dividers so any size:
Large Plano ProLatch Organizer/there is a great Medium size too:
Sterilite 4-Shelf Utility Storage Cabinet (They are $79.88 singles instore, but seasonal items ($158 is for 2):
Sterilite Storage Box, 6 qt (99 Cents/OK $1 instore) great for paints, glues, sprews, parts, small buildings etc:
The Putty Colour is neutral enough to put anywhere in the house as well as garage to be used for towels, washroom supplies etc. If you've got children with Football cleats and muddy/dusty equipment, they make a great Foot Locker too. After my collection, I paid the $79.88 to put one in each room of my home.
There is no doubt I got lucky at $25 for the big cabinets at closeout. I always walk by the display every time I go there just in case. Walmart ain't Macy's! but they do have good values.