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In partial response to Mr. Bennison's Q below, you mentioned ...
"At the moment we're considering few re-issues for ACW, in parallel to the new sets for this conflict."
Point 1: If you are considering re-issuing the three ACW Command sets and the molds let you do that, it should be a good move. I bought about 10 Confederate Commander sets but only a few of each Union sets. After working on some Conversions, I was surprised to discover my favorite sellers were immediately out! I never could find any more of the Confederate Commanders set, and it took years for the Union sets to start popping up on eBay.
Point 2: While you have all the molds out and the Blue and Gray plastic ready to go, I hope you will please consider running the new U.S. Cavalry mold in Gray, in addition to Blue - at some point. I say this because just checking Google Images, there ate lots of pictures of both U.S. and C.S.A. in basically the same style of uniform, accoutrements and weapons, and lots of painted examples in both colors in all scales.
Because producers often change the colors of the sets contents, no new boxes need be designed. Just drop Gray sprews into the box and let us know they should be available from retailers. Or just make them available in Zip Lock bags as a limited special run unboxed.
Gulliver's one release of C.S.A. Cavalry are completely different in design, and you can find examples on Google Images where they have been painted both Gray and Blue. Italeri, sorry but, look over round and have too large of heads, for my tastes.
So, in summary, there shouldn't be any of your customers, whether Non-Painters or Painters, who wouldn't like to have your beautiful new set in both Blue and Gray. No retooling required, and use same boxes or just plastic Zip Locks. You might be able to pick up a little extra profit with literally no new capital investment. One of the great conveniences of the ACW; basically same uniforms; 2 colors.
I'm very excited to get your new releases.
I'm just thinking out loud here!
For your consideration is a Link below showcasing the Classic 1960's MARX ACW Conferates still selling today in 2016 in what they now call "Reissues." These are originals from the 1960's originally cast in Gray, now available in Blue. Regarding the Union sets, they are also available in Gray color. I'm posting this just to plant the seed in your future long-term plans that if there are customers in the 54mm community, then likely the 1/72 Collectors just may feel the same - "Please ...
... Not today, but in your long-term plans, please consider giving us also recasts of your sets for ACW in both colors." What a wonderful pleasure to integrate them all into our total fun hobby!"
* Link below showing C.S.A. recast in Blue:
If Strelets are going to head down this path, then it should also consider releasing a set of Confederate commanders on Foot. This was the one real disappointment about the command sets, that these weren't produced. Armistead, Ewell, Garnett, Pettigrew, Heth to name a few.
To go with the other "Re-issue in Reverse Colors", here is a shot of Union soldiers re-issued in Gray. The Officer in this case looks like R.E. Lee to me.
In reality, Giant Plastics Corp. (of Hong Kong fame) did these in Gray, called them HO, but to me they are closer to 28mm rather than our 1/72. And much of the details were lost in downsizing. Still they look nice, and are becoming harder to find on eBay.
* Below is a link to a picture, Strelets, but if it doesn't work, let me know and I'll send you an e-mail with the pics I saved. Link:
we appreciate the commercial potential of this idea, but would you/other customers not have an aftertaste of a cheating in such case?
We still believe that ACW deserves a proper coverage with a whole array of sets, similar to the coverage we did for the Crimean War.
Moreover, one of the joys in this business is devising a new set, that has never been done before. Should we give it up in favour of few bucks?
we were just recently setting up plans for ACW for 2017-18 and discussed quite few pros and cons.
The cons that we were concerned about are:
- it's not a, generally speaking, "popular" period, i.e. not WWII, Napoleonics or Rome.
- there are quite few sets on the market already, that we won't excel in terms of manufacturing excellence (Italeri's artillery, in our opinion, is one of the highlights in our hobby).
- while it may be well-known in the US, it's less so in other parts of the world.
On the other side, when we think about that, Crimean war, when we started it, wasn't a major subject either, but by now we've developed quite an extensive line, that eventually required even some re-issues. So, with a right approach, one can develop even pretty obscure themes, like Anglo-Boer war, for example. Also, what we found out after 16 years in business, was that our customers have very broad array of interests, far beyond the borders of their native states only. In that respect we're dealing with quite an exquisite group of people, that may be not that big in numbers, but by far compensating this with their keen interest in all areas of military history.
Also there's always some personal factor behind every set, for example, a person behind these lines was captivated some 40 years ago by a French TV series of Mysterious Island made after Jules Verne's novel. ACW wasn't a subject of that movie, but scenes of the escape during rain with ACW soldiers clothed in their overcoats lasted in memory since then and, hopefully, all going well, will culminate in some winter clothed soldiers sets.
ACW is very popular in the USA, but in South America there were several wars at the same time or later and the uniforms are very similar. Many people who live in South America, Peru, Brazil, Chile and other nations use ACW figures to represent those armies of the 19th Century.
Getting a few extra dollars by making ACW sets in two colors is not cheating, it's giving your customers what they want and making a few dollars on the side, dollars to finance other ACW sets.
I agree with Mr. Clay that a Confederate Leaders dismounted set would be great. While there are many ACW sets, their are a confused lot of stiles, scales, sizes and colors that often don't play well together.
The US Navy sent many landing parties ashore, so like your Early WWII US Navy set a similar ACW set of sailors would be great.
Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog
It's a rare pleasure to be privy to a companies' intimate conversations about how a new line of military miniatures is conceived and how it shall grow. Especially for one that is being represented about actual historical personalities. Another revelation especially enjoyable to hear about is how members of your Team were impacted by the memory of a moment in time, such as the Jules Verne characters, which influences their whole life. And you did such an eloquent job of acknowledging your customer's interests and passions. Reading about this is simply captivating to me!
Further, with the teaser pictures of your new Masters and the existing Commander sets, I'm already writing scripts in my mind about how my future new recruits are going to play out on my Battlefields. With such complete historical diaries and so many controversial battle strategies that we have all read about and studied, I've also got to think wargamers everywhere are eager to see how they can rewrite history. This historical event should have limitless scenarios for us to play out.
OK, let me close with a enthusiastic "Thank you for sharing", and ...
I remain faithfully yours - GC