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Cheers, Alan. I was beginning to think I'd never see the dismounted, skirmishing cavalry I've wanted for so many years...and may your own Zulu impis be complete soon. Bayete!!!
It's awesome that we're finally seeing some new ACW figures. I was never planning on getting more figures for this campaign but after seeing these masters I might reconsider Also gives me hope that we might see some new FFL figures one day.
Well, wow! These "Teaser Pictures" of Strelet's ACW Troopers with the Spencer repeater carbine represents one of the most well equipped of an individual soldier at that time able to deliver devastating firepower that was the equivalent of 3 other troopers using a Sharps carbine or one of the others also used. The Spencer repeater was capable of delivering 20-30 rounds per minute, whereas the Sharps single shot up to 10 rounds per minute, both of course in capable hands. Add to his arsenal, a six-shooter revolver, sabre, (maybe a knife) and wow, this guy on his trusty mobile steed was a rolling one-man tornado. And what a sight he must have been riding in his dapper uniform.
I very much enjoyed the recommended reading as well as other sources on the men and their weapons for this conflict. This set looks to me to represent the best of the best the Union had to put in the field on horseback. Between the outset of the war in 1861 until the end of 1863, there had been much innovation in weapons and the ability to provide supplies for them. Also acquisition of horses and proper training for the men. Cost and logistics was always a concern and a hindrance, but during this time the North's war machine was coming together and beginning to work.
I love this set exactly as it is and I'm glad Strelet's design team uniformed and equipped them the way they did. I think this set tells a story without words. In soft plastic, it will also give some the opportunity to easily convert them to cavalry with other weapons such as the Sharps carbine. What fun. I may just buy twice of what I need just to do this myself!