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I have the French Infantry 1914 set, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it included three heavy machine gun teams. The figures are very nice, it's too bad Caesar couldn't have made them as later war Poilus, which the old master photos on the Caesar website hinted would be the case.
Would have prefered later war, 1915 hasn't been done by anyone, the Hotchkiss was used later should be the St Etienne 1907, only 6 per Regiment! so two boxes will supply enough official support for 3000 men.....
Would the French need more than a headswap to be usable in late war?
That depends on how serious you are... they look like they have gaiters but its ill defined and only riflemen apart from the Hotchkiss that is, single breasted capotes would be normal for late 15 through to 17 plus a whole bunch of other kit, double breasted capotes come back in late in the war...
Without going into details check out this site:
I think its a shame they didn't complete this set:
Pegasus WWI French are very good late war troops too.
Mike Bunkermeister Creek
I think if you head swap the Poles and Serbs you'll end up with something reasonable, still short on specific weapons though... I noticed the Aussie Ebay sets as well, dont think I would want to pay the postage... the problem is what Adrians do you use? you could behead an airfix set but many heads are faulty(worn out tool) and may be too small? the Revell even more so, on balance I think I'd pick a good head and cast it in multiples...
Afaik Hät has released late war Brits under the guise of Canadians and of course the Late War Scots which dont have any HW so there was a need there...
Emhar Brits seem to have had problems with either the plastic not holding paint with earlier editions or the register of the tool with later editions leaving a nasty step... I bought both when there was nothing else...
ADHD to much Ribena probably...
Dan Taylor has some lovely Adrian helmeted heads, and I think Minairons does them as well.
The Canadians...first of all, they are somewhat ugly (at least looking at PSR, I'll try to get a set...), and they already include heavy weapons, making the standalone HW set redundant. Beautiful, but redundant.
I should get some Scots as well and convert the everloving crap out of them to make at least some Lewis gunners and maybe rifle grenadiers.
How ungrateful you must remember that the manufactures know what we want so only you and me want WW1 French with Adrian helmet, HMG and mortars we should be thankful that they make anything for us. Henry Ford showed them the way You can have any colour you want as long as it is black. void(0);
Thank you for the link.
I will buy the 1914 French to bolster the existing HäT and Emhar sets.
Some of the Fallschirmjäger figures seem to wear the Heer helmet M1935, which puts them late in the war. The Leichtgeschütz has not been done in plastic yet so another one for the list. Yes I know more WW2 Germans, but Fallschirmjäger crew poses are not exactly thick on the ground in plastic.
The few close-ups show heavy lumps of extra plastic between arm and weapon/body, hopefully this does not mean coming back to the quality of an earlier production run Caesar had done by another manufacturer? Regards, Pa