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thank you for your prompt reply. No, it would be hardly any trouble at all to adjust the spikes, and I will buy the set regardless. But the point has been mentioned a few times (pun intended), and I just thought if it wasn't too much bother for you, it would be the icing on the cake, so to speak.
Why don't you do what I did with my Airfix artillery conversions, just ask your wife to buy you a fine fingernail file and gently sand down the point. Easier than a cutter, which will only yield another point.
Since this is important to you I'll also add your wish for WWI German Artillerymen with balls instead of spikes to that futures list next time I update it.
There is always the officer in the HaT heavy artillery set and do a head/helmet transplant if the ball/spike is so important. Normally I remove spike from early WW1 German troops as many pictures indicate this to be a common practice.
I assume that Garrison is referring to the tasty much maligned Northern(English version!) meat dish with his comment about PDA!
Being serious it is important that figures are an accurate representation but this is a minor problem. However the proof of the pudding is what the guns are like. I look forward to both the outstanding guns.
Ball helmets please, as they are more versatile, correct, and have never been done before in plastic.
Here is another vote for ball helmets (vs. spiked helmets): Apart from one rather poor HaT figure, these helmets have never been done in 1/72 plastic.
Wonderful sculpting by the way. If I needed to be picky I'd say the seams on the tunics' backs were too accented, but in general I think these are the best figures Strelets have done so far.
Yes but remember that the helmet should be covered which makes the ball look rather more like short blunt spike.. helmet covers are normal practice except for parade, the feldmutze with almost no other kit often not even belts generally being worn when operating the gun in field conditions... its heavy work... with the picklehaub with cover generally being worn with the rest of kit on the march...
the pic above is the only one for this type of artillery I could find from several hundred that I looked at mostly from albums, that actually had a guy with a picklehaub... he may be an officer.. but Im sure now many more will turn up...
I am convinced you are right about the headgear. Maybe I should now admit I would like to use the Strelets figures to crew field artillery pieces.
Ahh thats what I thought however Strelets may do other german artillery sets... perhaps they will do a set of early war field artillery in picklehaubs, goodness knows theres enough artillery pieces to choose from....