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Thanks for the heads up on the posting. As I've stated before I haven't been this excited about a line of plastics for some time! Since I know HARON reads these posts, how about a teaser on some Italian Wars cavalry?
The Pikemen look great! My only qualm is that the figures of the Halberdiers and the Pikemen appear to be the same. I mean, I'll only need one or two boxes of the Halberds over perhaps six or more boxes of the Pike! I see, however, that this makes it much easier for Red Box, they only have to throw in different weapons for each.
I'd like to suggest that when, and if, Red Box produces the French Gendarmes, that they make them with 'skirts' out and, at least some with plumes on. Make them look French!
I'll be supporting these figures with all my might!
Best to you all!
Well, if the box art really shows what we'll get then they are the same figures indeed. What a shame. Hope they don't think the customers are stupid. Why not make a single box including both halberds and pikes? DDS/Orion have made a set of early 16th century knights already. Don't think RedBox will make another one as RedBox and DDS/Orion are apparently run by the same people, more or less (Haron & Co.)...
From previous posts on this forum, Haron himself suggested they will be
producing French Gendarmes (and Stradiots). He admittedly does not say it outright, but he certainly implied it. How could they not?
The point I was attempting to make was that if they do produce them, French Gendarmes that is, I was simply hoping the figures have that distinctively 'French' look to them, you know, full skirts, plumes, the 'potted plant' look on some of the helmets, fluted lances, etc. The DDS kit, and it is generally a good one, I own several boxes worth, simply does not cover that look well at all (besides, the horses in that kit are a bit dumpy looking. Here is an opportunity for Red Box, to add a better box of heavy cavalry to a much neglected period). I hope Red Box provides separate weaponry ala the DDS kit for any future cavalry for this period.
Like I have stated previously, I trust Red Box will be complete and give the period what it needs (like they've done to just about every other period they've produced thus far).
I have seen sneak peeks for the Italian wars artillery, and, obviously those are desperately needed. I wonder what the guns will look like? Will there be more than one type? Currently, I use 25mm metal artillery pieces from AG, they have fit real well with my plastics. Other needs for the period are some better Spaniards (is anyone else tired of converting Revell or Caesar Conquistadors? I know I am). Some Italians, especially Venetians would be awesome, and then maybe
some generic crossbowmen (for the Gascons, who had them up until 1520 or so). There are other needs too, but maybe we discuss them some other time.
Kind regards to everyone, oh, and thanks for Strelets for having a free and open forum!