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Excellent choice Strelets, I am looking forward to these. Perfect timing too, as my old Airfix Highlanders have started to crumble.
A brigade of these will be marching straight to my painting table.
Well you could have given me some warning about how good these were before I opened the pics but I suppose it's good to know that my heart can stand up to a shock like that.
These figures are incredible this will be your best set ever. Excellent sculpting and real character in the faces, everything from old sweats who can take anything in their stride to young recruits looking bright as a button.
Don't change the officer, it's true that officers on campaign did wear overalls, especially if they were mounted I suspect, but they did have kilts. C.E. Franklin says that officers kilts were made from 5 yards of cloth as opposed to the 3.75 yards for grenadiers and 3 yards for ordinary rank and file and that the officers kilts were of a finer weave. The kilts may have been dress items and sporrans were definitely full dress but this is just an officer who believes in looking his best for the enemy.
I love this figure with his highland dress and his bonnet at that jaunty angle, a real swing in his step and a proud look on his face I see him as a close relative of the Chieftain leading his clansmen into battle and that works for me.
Of course if you wanted to give us an additional officer wearing overalls that would be fine too.
Wow. These look great! The latest sculpts are looking better and better. Love the Lawrence of Arabia set.
An observation and not in any way a criticism, everyone does the check tartan thing on highlanders and for none painters I can see how that works, but I find it makes painting the kilt much harder, is that just me or do all painters find that ?
Alan mentions it but the criss cross very deeply incised pattern on the socks, bonnet, kilt sadly means not for me. Like the non painters are picky about the colour of the plastic I like to paint the plaid with washes of light to dark paint.It also disrupts the subtle folds in the fabric of the kilt. Why is it that nobody does this sgraffito with figures with WWII camouflage patterns? No don't!
If the wings had been left off they would be very easy to put on using Milliput or Greenstuff. Taking them off would mean remodelling the shoulders which are difficult to get right at the best of times.
These figures have more character than most of the competitors (brothers in arms) and more "weight" and the feathers look right not like bearskins. Many more pros and probably more would show up in the actual figures.
These are by far the most realistic looking and highly detailed Highlanders, especially because of the sculptors excellent attention to the socks, bonnet, and kilt details. I wish the flag had a design, too. But since there were many flag designs, I concede this item since there appears to be only one bannerman.
When Airix finally came out with their Highlanders in Red I bought lots of them. But to say that everyone does the check tartan thing on highlanders is an inaccurate exaggeration. Airfix's Highlanders have none of the fine details of what you guys (painters) are complaining about. None at all. In fact, it looks like they are all wearing aprons. If you don't like the details, then it sounds like it should be no effort at all to just fill them in with the Milliput or Green Stuff.
It's so refreshing to see Strelets raise the standards in plastic military miniature / toy soldier sculpting for everyone right out of the box. Like everyone else is saying, these are absolutely beautiful just the way they are. They've got that "Wow!" factor at first sight.
I hope we see more of these sets exactly like these to make Defensive Squares for Waterloo.
These will be the best highlanders on the market and I predict strelets will make a 2nd set with action poses advance, fire, loading etc, an office and flag bearer in trousers for waterloo and a sapper caring an axe would make them complete.
Wow some more Highlanders,
Pipers are like buses you wait ages for one and two turn up at the same time, there is also a sergeant with a Spontoon and a clearer View of the drummer who appears to be wearing a kilmarnock cap.
At last!! FINALLY someone has recognised that all previously existing sets of Highlanders are defective and that what the world really needs is a set of marching figures who look just like this. I am patting myself on the back for having stuck to the principle that if you wait long enough the set you need and want will eventually appear.
Given my excited enthusiasm, it may sound slightly ungrateful if I ask a couple of questions. (1) Is it too late to ask if there is any chance of doing this set in ordinary centre company shoulder straps rather than flank company wings? (2) Would the flag not usually be carried by an officer?
Other than that they look definitive to me. As you can probably tell I'll buy them anyway ...
I can only agree with what is stated above. These guys look superb. Lot's of details and realistic character in the figures. I also love the large (for Strelets standards) command set. I have just one question. All wear wings, is that right?
I know all Light infantrymen wore wings, but I did believe that in Highland (line) regiments only the flanquers wore wings.
If so, it would be interesting to know if Strelets is planning a set of centre company Highlanders as well...
Well, I have the highlanders from Waterloo 1815, Airfix, Italeri and Esci, but I'll be ****ed if I don't get these, they look bloody gorgeous! Shame I can't field that much highlanders! :D
I am a great fan of much of your work, with many having so much character. I am especially really looking forward to the "Highlanders on the March", that appear to be for the Napoleonic period. However, there are a few minor items I might suggest to make the set even better and more historically accurate. The items I shall list below:-
1. The examples shown on your site as indicated on 22/09/2016 appear to be all of the Elite companies (Grenadier and/or light) as indicated by the wings on their shoulders as opposed to white tufts indicating a "centre"company. These elite companies would have constituted only two companies (1x Grenadier and 1x Light) of the overall battalion, the other eight companies would be made up of the "centre" companies with the tufts on their shoulders. You can see some useful examples of these on this site:-
2. The standard bearer would normally be a junior officer (ensign) who would normally be accompanied by several "colour" sergeants, carrying long pikes (ie Spontoon). Also, British/Scottish battalions would have two flags, one being the "Kings colours" the other being the "Regimental colours". Furthermore, due to flags being often difficult to paint their complicated designs, many people frequently like to use paper flags that can achieve a far greater "professional" look. Hence, it would be so appreciated if a staff could be supplied.
3. The water containers seem to be incorrect, with a very thick edging on some of the troopers.
4. The troopers carrying their muskets via the slings with fixed bayonets would be highly unlikely (I believe), as the bayonets would be attached when being readied for combat, not while doing "general marching" as they seem here.
5. Officers would most likely be wearing trousers while in the field or on campaign. Though this officer is superb in his finery, he is obviously strolling off to a evening party or around town, certainly not off to deploy for battle.
6. The Scottish regiments would have been famous for their bagpipes, being arguably their national iconic instrument. Though off course it would be great to have both a "pipes and drums".
7. I can appreciate peoples comments regarding the line work already etched on the tartans, as it does make it difficult for painting.
Thank you so much, I do hope some of these comments are of some help.
thank you for your message & e-mail.
- you are right about "elite" companies, but we assumed, that it would be easier to remove them with a sharp blade, than stick the missing wings made of green staff or alike to the tufts.
- sergeants will come out in a different set.
- we've never seen paper flags in figures sets, although we appreciate your idea.
- when we'll publish the artwork for the set, hopefully, you'll see, that they are very ready for a combat.
- officers in trousers will be available from different sets.
- of course, they will have bagpipes; depriving them of this unique feature would have been equal to stripping them off their kilts!
Please be guided accordingly.
Thank you so much for your reply. Regarding the flags, there are various free and paid sites where you can acquire and/or adjust various flags.
Am really looking forward to your final product
These Highlanders are Fan Dabi Dozi!
I really can't think of a time I have been more excited by a new Strelets set of figures, so I have been trying to gather some information on the Napoleonic Highlanders this is what I have found mainly from the internet and a few books I have, so feel free to disagree, add, correct or confirm anything.
During the Napoleonic Wars in the British Army there were 11 Highland Regiments and they served in Europe, India, the Caribbean, the Americas, South Africa, the far East and numerous other places where the British Empire had an influence.
All the Highland Regiments at least up until 1809 wore the Kilt and Feather Bonnet, after which time some continued wearing the Kilts and others lost their Highland status and changed to wearing regular British infantry uniform in order to appeal to none Highland recruits (Lowland Scots, English and Irish) to help fill the ranks, below I have tried to clarify who wore what and when.
42nd Royal Highlanders Black Watch; were the only highlanders to wear the kilt throughout the Napoleonic Wars and along with the 79th and 92nd were the only three Kilted Highlanders present at Waterloo.
79th Cameron Highlanders and 92nd Gordon Highlanders both wore the Kilt for the majority of the Napoleonic Wars except in the Peninsular when after 1809 their worn out kilts were made into tartan Trews before being replaced by grey trousers by the time they appeared at Waterloo they had been resupplied with Kilts.
78th Ross-shire Buffs wore the Kilt for the majority of the Napoleonic Wars and were mainly stationed in South Africa and India, the 2nd battalion did see action during the 100 days whilst on garrison duty at Nieuwpoort in Belgium, however even more intriguing it would seem a detachment of five men (2 officers, a sergeant and 2 Privates) were at Waterloo or Quatre Bras as they were awarded the Waterloo campaign Medal.
71st Glasgow Highlanders stopped wearing the kilt in 1809 when they became a Light infantry regiment and ordered to wear grey trousers along with a unique Shako with the bonnet dicing.
72nd, 73rd,74th (Argyll),75th and 91st (Argyllshire) lost their Highland status and changed to wearing regular British infantry uniform in 1809 in order to appeal to none highland recruits (Lowland Scots, English and Irish) to help fill the ranks.
93rd Sutherland Highlanders were stationed in Ireland and South Africa before being dispatched to the War in North America at which point they swapped their kilts for Tartan Trews and their feather Bonnets for Kilmarnock Bonnet.
Many Highland Officers and Flag Bearers (Ensigns) wore the Kilt up until 1809 unless mounted on horseback in which case they wore Trews or Trousers for practical reasons, after 1809 they all wore Grey trousers.
Bagpipers tended to keep wearing Kilts regardless of whether they lost their Highland status or not.
As for what was worn under the Kilt please see the film Carry On up the Khyber.
The box Art is taking shape they look like Gordon Highlanders to me.
I am trying to work out number of boxes i will need of the highlanders and the poles, I have checked the site and also plastic soldier review but sets have differing amounts in each box.(I do 36 man units for my french and 30/36 for my allied forces)
I have been a collector for many years and have more figures than i would like to admit too. These great sets looking like dozens more boxes being added to the unpainted pile.
Many thanks in advance,
all poles, highlanders and brits sets will have 44 figures:
4 x 1 command group
10 x 4 soldiers
Please, be guided accordingly.
I have read your post detailing figure contents for the Highlanders on the March set. Thank you for providing the quantity numbers for the figures, if only one piper is included I would prefer the piper who has both hands on his bagpipes raising the spirits of the men playing a tune for the march.
Please may I request for you to include the sergeant with a spontoon in the set. The sergeant fits in very well with the Highlander marching unit as shown in the images in the link kindly provided by Brian.
For me the sergeant is one of the key figures that would make the set complete as a whole. The exclusion of this figure would make the command group incomplete.
While I am very happy to here there may be other Highlander sets forthcoming, please do not say the sergeant will be included in a future set as this will result in waiting for the next proposed Highlander set in order to obtain the sergeant to complete the marching units provided by the Highlanders on the March set. This in turn may result in a lack of sergeants for other units unless there will be more than one type of sergeant pose included in other Highlanders sets.
This set(140) shows so much promise to be an outstanding figure set. I am sorry to say the exclusion of the sergeant would somewhat sadden me - an opportunity missed...
Thank you very much for that info,
lots of great new sets coming out and i am loving the new more slender style and the more unusual sets.