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Re: Extra Bannermen for "Rush's Lancers" ... and Conversion Ideas...and Play Sets, Too!

Dear Mike,

I really admire those who post nicely painted figures, but I have focused my collection on the Play Set style. You know, like the old MARX "Blue and Gray" Play Sets, or Navarone as mentioned before or Airfix Fort Sahara and Fort Apache. I'm putting together my own play sets with my favorites of the best of the best available.

For example, for Strelets ACW, I'd make one called "Battle for the Southern Plantation" with largely Strelets figures plus some other favorites, a Plantation with guest houses and workers quarters, with a front road lined with Marx green trees, and Artillery, Infantry and Cavalry, Airfix wagons, and Revell limbers ...

I bought boxes similar to MARX, so I'll print out some cool pictures and adhere them, then cover with clear plastic like for school books.

I've also got BUM Western Buildings and the Locomotive, combined with Thomas the Train cars, to hopefully recreate John Waynes "Horse Soldiers" Newton Station Raid with the CSA guys running through town and Strelet's Union Cavalry hiding behind Airfix Wagons, and other baracades.

I've got blockhouses now to make my "Fort Laramie" together with stockade walls, trooper quarters and a headquarters. Even got a water barrel like from Fort Courage of F-Troop fame. Again, Strelets Union Cavalry will garrison the fort and conduct patrols

So all of my collection will belong to some kind of play set theme manned around a theme piece.

Please see my next post for a great Plantation recommendation. And "Thank You" Mike!