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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!

Plasticville "Southern Mansion" (Plantation)

Here is a link to a review of the Plasticville "Southern Mansion". It states "O" Scale but it is actually a perfect "HO" Scale. I bought it off eBay in 3 colors - Blue, Red and Green. If you want one, don't pay more than $30 to $40 U.S. plus/including shipping. It's a 1952 Patent product, but has been re-issued and surprisingly many come up on eBay all the time. It slides together (no snaps, no glue) in minutes so perfect for Play Sets and HO 1/72 Wargaming. Mine will become ACW Southern Plantations. Looks great with Strelets' Gettysburg Buford's Union Cavalry Skirmishing. Again, it's a perfect HO Scale match. Link to review:

Nother Conversion Suggestion! - "Cavalry Sabre"

For those who feel they have too many bannermen, Strelets' French African Chasseurs has three (3) separate sabres. They all have a nice curve to the blade, a handsome hand guard and the exact same blue color. I have included Strelets' link to the Chasseurs' sprew picture. Even though the digital photo shows the sprew in terracotta color, the actual sets for sale were produced in the same blue color as the Union Cavalry Skirmishing.

The sabre looks very nice on the converted bannerman without the Guidon and instead with the sabre, and also, I plan on converting one or two of the dismounted shirmishers to holding a sabre instead of a carbine or navy colt pistol.

Link below: