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You're right Neilad, I'm getting a bit worried that we're gonna see entire battlefields crowded with troops in frock coats, but I'm guessing Strelets is too far in the production process to change anything now. This set could be titled "early Confederate infantry marching" rather than Union infantry. What we need are figures rushing, running, charging, preferably in sack coats but hopefully this comes in later sets. I also agree this limits the sets marketability, why buy a set with frock coats when HäT release a set with mostly sack coats? I fear that Strelets might lose sales over this, though it's unlikely that HäT will release their sets anytime soon.
Here's a painting which match this set:
The frock coats are fine - they were very prevalent in the early war for the Union, but use continued throughout the war. Pretty much the entire III Corps is described as wearing the frock coat at Gettysburg, and both pictorial evidence and returns from quartermasters indicate that frock coats remained fairly popular with New England regiments.
After Gettysburg, use of the frock coat slacked off considerably (with the notable exception of Heavy Artillery Regiments). Essentially, I see these as great figures for Eastern Theater fighting right up to Gettysburg.
Sack coats would be welcome, but any claim that frock coats have no place on a Gettysburg (or Antietam, or Second Bull Run, the Seven Days, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, etc) is misinformed.
So don't worry, outfit your III Corps and early war units, and patience ought to bring sack coats. Strelets seems responsive, so let's give them the breathing space to get it done.
And hopefully firing lines for both armies.
OK! But no one can say that this is not another sculptor...compared to the ww2 Indian inf. these ACW sets are of another hand.
Looking at the scenes from Fredericksburg, it seems that a missing pose is the half crouch half run of men advancing into a hail of shot and shell, instinctivly trying to make themselves small. Hopefully smaller than the guy on front!
Not sure if the sculptors intent was to make a coat that could work both as a frock coat and a greatcoat like the Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg, but from a distance and painted in light blue why not? But apparently there are sets with greatcoats coming eventually.
I'm putting the images of the figures here in this thread.