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Ah, now that Johnny Reb Confederate side of me from the South (thanks Dad) can now gear up for a fight with the other Billy Yank Union side of me from the North (thanks Mom).
box art: http://www.strelets-r.com/Pages/Set.aspx?SetID=287&M=B
So all are gonna wear frock coats? I guess in this scale it doesn't matter that much though. The soldiers on the artwork wear sack coats it seems..
A question for Strelets, is the release of the new ACW figures still planned for May? Are talking early, mid or late May? We need these figures!
Thanks for the clickable links traveller 😀
These look very promising. However, I would like to re-raise the matter of the coats brought up earlier in this thread.
The frock coat was an almost knee-long, well-known tailored garment:
The sack coat was much shorter (notice how the bottom of the coat is much closer to the waistbelt compared to the frock coat) and not nearly as neat, with the bottom edges tapering away from each other:
The sack coat was apparently cheaper and more comfortable, and therefore more common in the field, with frock coats mostly worn by officers and NCOs.
At present, the figures seem to be wearing a garment which is the length of a frock coat, but has the cut of a sack coat, so it has features of both but is not a good representation of either. In my opinion this rather spoils the look of the figures, who should ideally be wearing a sack coat to represent the most typical appearance of Union troops.
My apologies for being such a bad sport, but every other ACW preview by Strelets so far has been just about flawless, and it would be a shame if these particular figures didn't match the high standards Strelets have set so far.
I agree, there must be a way to remedy this before it goes into production, if it's not too late already. Having a regiment marching in nothing but frock coats will look wrong, I know HäT will release their marching figures with a mix of fatigues so I think Strelets will lose sales over this, though it also means one can mix troops from both sets. There's nothing wrong with the sculps though but please Strelets re-consider the length of the coat!
Figures in frock coats can be used to portray early Confederate infantry as the CSA seem to use frock coats more, but we need Union troops in regular sack coats.
Sack coats for me too please
I would say these are more early war coats when soldiers wore what was available, but got the much more popular sack coat as the war rolled on. These would be suitable for Bull Run, Shiloh, Antietam, possibly Fredericksburg, but not Gettysburg! Maybe we will be looking forward to another set for the later battles?
Well, it's Friday so I want the Strelet's Team to retreat back to their families knowing I couldn't be more excited about another great set of Teaser Pictures or Masters - "US Infantry on the March" in case you read no further.
Here's a few thoughts and reflections I have over their ACW Range:
* Their on-line Catalog has grown from 3 General Staff sets to 7 now include "CSA's Pickett's Charge 1", "US Infantry on the March", "Gettysburg US Cavalry Skirmishing", and "US Infantry in Attack 2." Only one doesn't have Masters or Teaser Pictures posted yet.
* Since the recent commitment from Strelets to go forward with this line, I wasn't shy about telling them what I wanted and how to do it, such as one mould run in both Blue and Gray. They said, why not make original moulds for both sides and uniquely original sets? Out loud I said, "Oh, yeah!" Secretly I thought, "Holy cow; are you kidding; in my life time?" The only cavet: Successor sets will be predicated upon the success of these initial sets.
* So, concerning Frock coats, Sack coats, and Shell Jackets (for Union Infantry), if this latest set of Masters for Union Infantry on the March sells well enough, we will get either in Mini Sets or Full Sets of Infantry in Sack and Shell jackets, maybe even Iron Brigade, CSA Cavalry, themed sets, and if people support their efforts, ... "To Infinity & Beyond!"
* While every other company (for the most part) has tried to cover all Infantry themes with one set, Strelets is offering us to cover sets for all.
It seems they have a pretty well thought out business plan for the American Civil War Range, step by step. But these are just my personal thoughts out loud.
Anyway, Thank you Strelets Team! Whatever sets you make for the ACW, I'm buying
P.S. to Strelets,
I'd like to get in line to request CSA Cavalry to look just as new and nice as the Union Cavalry. I have a lot of the Gulliver Confederate Cavalry who already made a nice set of missfits with little to no details. So I'd hope for some well equipped Troopers wearing Shell jackets looking smart if at all possible.
Alas I have no patience. I have to admit I stocked up on Italeri Confederate cavalry and infantry in anticipation of the new Strelets sets. Those will hold me over til Strelets rebels get released. Exciting times for collectors. All the best! Cappy
I'm painting up some Italeri cavalry too, from what it looks like it seems that the Strelets cavalry will mix well with the Italeri Union. I hope we get to see the horses soon. I'm really excited about all this to be honest, I wonder what Pickett's Charge set 2 will contain though, if it contains personalities like Armistead and maybe a sprue of casualties/walking wounded then it would be perfect. And I'm still hoping for a great coats set but I guess that's further into the future.
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clear the way irish brigade!
I thought they were good for Danish 1864 at first glance but the jackets need to be double breasted.
I notice these Danes carry their rifles (at slope) on their left shoulder and I thought this was fairly standard and still is. Not sure why but it leaves the right hand free to pick your nose. The slope arms are a bit vertical on the models and look from the pics as if they are balancing them. As I write I bet somebody is sifting through all those surviving ACW cartes visite to prove that they have blue tunics that are not too short nor too long. Most of them got their mums to take them up or let them down before a photo but generally there must have been a lot of variation. I mention mums because with their whiskers and sideburns this batch look skewed to the middle aged gent type who could handle fancy needlework themselves.