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Dear Strelets , any chance of Spanish for the Rif War? . I know B.U.M released some but they are as rare as rocking horse s*** many thanks Alex M
Dear Alex M,
we don't have such plans.
Not to cover the Spanish is rather disappointing .. after all they were the original protaganist the French only joined in later...and this is hardly the comprehensive coverage of a conflict that is usual for Strelets. At least I hope the Rif Berbers will get proper coverage !
I have to agree... making a Rif War range and excluding the Spanish forces is rather disappointing news. I thought that we were finally starting to get more comprehensive coverage of the ranges by manufacturers.
Strelets, I could understand not making a standing/firing/marching/advancing type of sets but not making any at all?! After all, they weren't just some small obscure bystanders but major belligerents. They could also be used for the SCW (if not being nitpicky in small details).
Could the BUM Spanish Civil War La Legion work for the Rif War?
Guess it's relatively safe to say that Strelets Rif War range seems to be a "secondary"-line in someway.
Many enthusiasts succesfully campaigning for new FFL figures obviously had the popular movies in mind. At least, I cannot remember that there were overwhelming requests for the Rif War in particular.
Strelets decided to produce new FFL sets and wanted to categorise them within their catalogue. In the absence of another major conflict this specific troops could have been involved, Strelets picked the Rif War then.
Of course, the FFL of the interbellum period can be utilised for a number of smaller conflicts in French North Africa & other Colonies though.
Don't get me wrong, I would definitely appreciate Strelets widening their Rif War range with some Spaniards.:+1:
And I would kill for an in-depth SCW range done in Strelets style!
Hint, hint... :sweat_smile:
SCW would be brilliant and would cross over to the Rif war. Personally I'd like to see some figs for VBCW, some which could translate for other conflicts involving civilians in the interbellum period.
"I would definitely appreciate Strelets widening their Rif War range with some Spaniards.
And I would kill for an in-depth SCW range done in Strelets style!"
My thoughts exactly! :+1:
Please Strelrts consider doing Spanish for RIF war & akso doing SCW. you will make so many of us super happy.
For those interested in the SCW:
Have a look at the site of Minairons.
Metal figs of extremely good quality which you can mix with plastic figs.
Once painted you don' see the difference.
Have to agree with The Pope on this one. Minairons figures are sculpted by Xan, anatomically correct and mix well with plastic figures.
Metal is pricey, though. Happily Minairons sell separate sets of heads (9 each) and I have used them successfully for a simple headswap with Strelets WW1 Serbians - voila SCW Requete militia.
It is difficult to find plastic figures with trousers cut like the Spanish granadero trousers as worn in the Rif and Civil War. That's why I used a set where long coats hide the trousers.
What is needed is a plastic set of regular Spanish infantry.
I find this a good source of inspiration:
"Strelets decided to produce new FFL sets and wanted to categorise them within their catalogue. In the absence of another major conflict this specific troops could have been involved, Strelets picked the Rif War then."
Wouldn't "Colonial" have been the most likely category?
Therefore, here is hope Strelets will do at least one more Rif War set (provided we buy them) and the most obvious omission is Spanish infantry. :wink:
Marvellous pictures AP. You have me wanting some 1/72nd representations of the characters shown. especially the cavalry. Being realistic, one knows that Strelets have to have sales in mind. That is why they are producing the French Foreign Legion as depicted in FIlms.
However, If enough of us ask; we might get.
After all that's how we are getting the Camel units.
Thanks Murat. The paintings you are referring to are depicting the multiple desperate charges of the cavalry unit Cazadores de Alcántara against Riffian Berbers to protect the routing Spanish forces at Annual. They suffered tremendous loses - 28 of 32 officers and 523 of 685 cavalrymen dead.
Cazadores de Alcántara, 14th Cavalry is the only regiment of the Spanish Army that was collectively granted the Grand Cross Laureate of San Fernando. This medal of distinction, is the highest military decoration that can be granted in Spain.