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Been on Benno's for a while now:
Not that obscure or such a bad idea. Italeri re released the Esci 1980s Soviet Spetsnaz so they are on their current list.
I am not sure about the political issues. If you read or watch the news mention of Nazis seems to get all sides twitching in Ukraine and Russia. WW2 Germans would be a very bad idea with that in mind.
Anniversaries, events come and go. I have just stocked up on World Cup 2014 coffee mugs 90% off. How about 25 years after the end of the Soviet War in Afghanistan for an anniversary.
I am probably in the minority here, but I am so happy to see a new manufacturer make something post WW2. While I collect just about every era, I am getting bored with all the WW2, Nappies, etc. I want to see figures for Afghanistan, Korea, Indochina, the Middle East, African bush wars, Cold War, etc.
I will definitely be buying these and I hope they are successful.
Do they have any official website? Hope they release US Special forces for the next set. I have been waiting for Caesar US Navy Seals for years and still waiting...........
It's definitely a good looking set Mako! I will be buying it too!
Oh I LOVE obscure! I wish more companies did obscure! BUT, with all the fairly recent events between Russia & The Ukraine over the Crimea, it seems more than a little suspect for a Ukrainian company's first set is based on one of Russia's worst military history moments! I don't buy that as Zvezda & Strelets have done dozens of Nazi sets!
Huh? OK, I did not know that, but that does make sense!
Russian gunships strafing the bare Afghan hills - I can't wait!
Just being a little cautious as the company may be based in East Ukraine and the army was Soviet and probably had a fair number of Ukrainians serving then. Actually the opening rounds in Afghanistan in 1979 did see Soviet paratroopers, special forces (KGB, GRU) stage a text book take over which does have parallels.
Clever marketing: 'Mujahidins Taliban al-Qaeda'
Freedom fighters against Soviet forces, Guerilla against American/UN forces or simply terrorists. Heroes or villains - just depending on the buyer's personal view and taste: one set fits all.
It is a little information.
1 . This set was made by me for the new producer.
2 . Masters were made three years ago or more for molding in tin.
3 . To me suggested to buy them but then there was no finance at me.
4 . Later the author of masters changed the mind and suggested me to make to it sprues with its masters. It does a box and the picture.
5 . Mould and test-shots were made in the fall of 2013. Even before occupation of the Crimea by Russia and before revolt in Kiev. Therefore communication between an exit of a set and the latest events doesn't exist.
Thank you for the information and for clearing it up.
I enjoy hearing about the background information about manufacturers and the life of of some of these sets.
I think you should write a book about all you've done in the hobby of 1/72 scale figures. I know you have been connected to many sets other than just Orion. I like the style of the figures.
I wish all manufacturers told their stories. To me, I find that as interesting as the figures and the history they represent. I always loved reading about the internal workings of Marx Toys or Britains deetail.
I know some of this is proprietary right now, but I hope someday the stories come out.
It will be very boring.
Thanks for creating these wonderful figures. Is there plan to release the opposing force figures (US Special Forces, Russians....)?
Well, I like the new Soviet WWII Tankmen, and I liked the WWII artillery winter/summer set and the heavy weapons you did a few years ago for WWII Soviets. I wish the same could be done for US Army in WWII.
I especially wish you did US Artillery men winter/summer uniforms. I could use the winter uniforms for Ardennes and Korea.
I agree with Arlin! I have tons of US artillery pieces that have no gunners! I have been stealing from my US Mt artillery, but they won\'t get the job done totally! Some US tankmen would be nice too! With more interesting poses than Hat\'s!
I think that I will keep my powder dry and wait until the figures are seen!
On the positive side it was not yet another Africa Korp set or similar ilk!
Mars did reasonable copies of the ESCI US Infantry and Soviet Paratroops along with a fairly cool conversion of the ESCI Muslim warriors to create the three sets mentioned. The Mujahidin set is quite fun.
Caesar is almost there needing only to make Russian forces and Orion need only make some American soldiers.
I look forward to these new sets and I hope that Strelets may one day reconsider doing modern themed sets.