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This is gonna be a real excellent set! My only problem is the lad using his rifle as a club - first of all, it's not too probably, plus the Japanese were famous of their bayonet charges (so I'd ask for a bayonet on every rifle), and the clubber could be swapped for a Light machine gunner...those had bayonets attached as well.
But with that said, this will be a really worthwhile set, and I'm happy there'll be some SMGs included. Albeit rare, they weren't nonexistent, and before Strelets, only Airfix included one with a Thompson-esque gun. So kudos to you Strelets, you're suddenly in the manufacturers I absolutely love.
And for seconding Peter's request, make some cavalry!
To echo previous comments 23mm please, no giants, and the clubbing figure.....quite useless , we have had this debate many times on all the forums over the years, one clubbing figure for novelty value is OK, one on each sprue, giving us four is a waste of the sculptors time, good plastic and our money, the rest of the set looks fantastic, however I wait to see what they are like for size before committing to buy.
I like this set alot. Very lively poses. The figures are nice and slim like
one would expect of underfed Japanese soldiers. I hope there will be Marine sets
next to oppose them.
More nice looking figures. Looking forward to the Japanese in winter gear and yes, please make a set of Japanese cavalry and some Chinese sets.
US soldiers have been made already, as opposed to these ones, for example:
wow! these latest WWI and WWII figures look like they're up among the best, makes me want to do a Thin Red Line diorama! I hope they use the clubbing pose for the ACW sets too, or a similiar..
I wanted to add my comments to those that have been said before,
- Please ditch the clubbing guy. As Alan B. said above, one clubbing guy may be OK, four clubbing guys is a waste.
- Please replace the clubbing guy with a light machine gunner.
- Please give the flag bearer a rifle. Slung across the back is probably best.
- Please make then about 23mm tall, again as Alan B. said.
I think that every one except the arming the flag-bearer has been said before.
Just my 2 cents
Another great looking action set, Strelets. In fact it is perfect for new movie "Hacksaw Ridge" which was a battle loaded with lots of hand to hand fighting. I really like the close quarters action poses, especially appropriate is the clubbing pose. Good value for my money. I'll use all of them. Keep up the good work!
No clubbing guy, please. Useless figure, I wish him into the cornfield.
Replace him with a light machine gunner, running with a bayonet on his light machine gun. This link shows a drawing of a Japanese soldier with his light machine gun and bayonet. http://www.thortrains.com/getright/shootlmg.html
Add a rifle to the man with the flag, slung over his shoulder. Or, even better, attach the flag to a rifle. The Japanese often did this and we already have plenty of flag guys. http://www.singlebuttonjoystick.com/tag/sinyang/ This link shows a Japanese soldier with rifle and flag.
I look forward to Japanese heavy weapons in the future, in addition to cavalry, and Chinese.
Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog
If the clubber is a done thing then replacing his rifle with a sword might be possible. NCOs carried swords which were fairly rudimentary in appearance but just as deadly as an officer's. The grip was in aluminium,iron,copper etc and cast to represent the traditional katana bindings and the blade was mass produced of course. My father in law had one from Burma so I know what they handle like. It seems to be accepted wisdom now that only officers carried swords. Alternatively the clubber might be a casualty which to me seems a great omission from an attacking set.
The type 100 smg was usually held by the left hand just under and to the rear of the chamber not on the magazine. The 8mm round had a fairly gentle recoil so the need was for balance rather than bracing. It looks as if he is about to take the magazine off.
Nice figures and well done.
Nice looking figures. They are listed as in attack so I like the clubbing guy. When the ammo runs out you use what you've got. I like setting up for melee so these figures fit together fine. Thanks! Cappy
I have run into this problem with GarrisonClay before when he posted under a different name on another forum. He actually got worse with me when we disagreed about ring hands.
The Japanese soldier was an excellent bayonet fighter. I have never seen a Japanese-made photo of Japanese soldier without his bayonet fixed on his rifle. They seemed to almost prefer to use the bayonet. The fact that their light machine guns were capable of taking a bayonet, and usually did, says a lot about their preferences.
I still request that the pose be deleted and a light machine gunner (with fixed bayonet) be substituted.
Yes – HaT went back to ring hands which are easier to sculpt than a natural hand shapes which will also take and hold weapons without glue. It is a shame as natural hands look so much better than ring hands.
I also have a bunch of Strelets WW1 Cavalry. They would look better with natural hands. BTW, I actually have 29 Strelets WW1 cavalry sets as follows:
German Cuirassiers – 2 sets
German Dragoons – 2 sets
German Uhlans – 2 sets
German Hussars – 4 sets
Russian Dragoons – 2 sets
Russian Hussars – 7 sets
Russian Kuban/Terek Cossacks – 3 sets
Russian Don Cossacks (Winter Dress) – 2 sets
Russian Don Cossacks in Summer Dress – 4 sets
Lawrence of Arabia – 1 set
Adding a bayonet to the clubbing guy would be silly. He would gut himself on the down swing ( unless he was trying to commit “seppuku” ).
Have a nice day.
Gee sometimes BAYONETS are lost,shot off, or broken.Maybe that's why he doesn't have one. Cappy
I'm agnostic on whether or not there should be a clubbing Japanese guy in the set. But there is one set of Japanese opponents that has not been made by anyone and cries out for the Strelets treatment, and that is the KNIL. Please make a set, or two if you are really feeling your oats.
While it is possible that these things may happen, they are highly unlikely. The bayonet was the closest thing to a sword that the average Japanese soldier would ever get. The sword was a big deal in the "bushido" that made up WW2 Japanese culture. The Japanese soldier took very good care of it.
Perhaps the ring hand is a solution for the soldier clubbing problem.
Make him a ring hand figure and give us a choice of a man with a rifle or a man with a sword.
If we got 48 poses in this set, then one guy clubbing would be okay.
My concern is we are getting 12 poses and 8% of them are clubbing and that just seems too many for my taste, three or four spures with one clubbing guy each is more than I really want once I buy 6 or 8 or 10 boxes of them. A platoon of clubbing guys is a bit much.
My first choice, would still be a man with a light machine gun and bayonet.
Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog
I had a long post ready to go. Then I decided that it was time to end our discussion.