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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.