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World War I - What's Left To Do?

Coming off what appears to be a highly successful set of suggestions about missing 20mm sets for World War II, I thought I would do a similar one for World War I. Oddly, there seem to be fewer completely missing areas for World War I than for the much-better covered World War II, but here goes:

1. Serbian Infantry in Summer Dress. For the pre-1916 period, including the Balkan Wars. Basically to replace that God-awful Coates & Shine set. Probably a lot more interest in this than in the winter Serbs that Strelets did last year. Heavy weapons would also be good, though probably too much to expect.
2. Bosnian Infantry. In fezzes, of course.
3. Austro-Hungarian Cavalry for pre-1916. Three sets - one for each of the dragoons, hussars and uhlans. Can't believe no one has done even one set of the early-war Austrian cavalry, if nothing else to fight those WWI Russians from Strelets and Hat.
4. Austro-Hungarian stormtroops. In puttees and the Berndorfer helmet, they looked suitably different than their German counterparts. In fact, the only real late-war Austro-Hungarians are the Strelets Honved but they are cavalry.
5. Austro-Hungarian Grenzjager. Could be an interesting set, with leather jackets and hats with the tall grouse plume, for fighting in the Balkans.
6. German Dragoons in Pickelhaube. Only the miniature LW set represents a standard German cavalryman of the pre-1916 period. Many of these guys could be dismounted for combat.
7. German Asienkorps. Those Turks and Bulgarians need some allies.
8. German Naval Infantry/Seebataillon. For the Western Front.
9. German Bicycle Troops. They were frequently used in 1918 on the Western Front, and earlier than that on the Eastern Front. In fact, you could try French, Italian and Austrian bicycle troops as well, just as Strelets did with various infantry sets in gas masks.
10. Bulgarian Infantry. Their uniforms and equipment are sufficiently different from the Russians to merit a set, including men in the traditional tsarvoui shoes and opanki woolen stockings. Would also work for the Balkan Wars. Can include a couple guys in stahlhelms for late-war Bulgarians. A dedicated heavy weapons set would be a cherry on the cake.
11. Turkish Assault troops. In those fascinating brimless stahlhelms.
12. Kurdish irregulars (horse and foot).
13. Armenian irregulars. To defend themselves against the Turks and Kurds.
14. Libyan irregulars (horse and foot). To keep the Italians busy, of course.
15. Greek infantry. Can be a mixture of headgear, though the upcoming set of Frenchmen in the vareuse would work well enough for the later war. Could do evzones instead, as their uniforms were unique.
16. Italian cavalry. The Savoia lancers from 1915 would be awesome, but even late-war cavalry would be pretty cool.
17. French cavalry for 1914. Like the Austrians, these could merit four sets - cuirassiers, dragoons, chasseurs/hussars (only differences were in uniform detail) and lancers. Again, amazing no one has done even one set of these.
18. French spahis, either late war, early war or in-between.
19. French zouaves/turcos/Senegalese for 1914.
20. Senegalese infantry for 1916-18. Basically French in greatcoats with African facial features, plus a few guys with the chechia. Don't forget the knives!
21. Annamese infantry. In the coolie hats, for the Salonika front.
22. French naval infantry for 1914. The sailors in their pom-pom hats, not the Fusiliers Marins whose uniforms were basically the same as the infantry's.
23. Belgian cavalry for 1914. Probably merit just one mixed set of lancers, guides and chasseurs.
24. King's African Rifles. For the East Africa campaign.
25. South African Infantry. For the German SW Africa campaign, East Africa and Palestine.
26. Imperial Camel Corps Indians. You did the Brits and Aussies, might as well do the Indians!
27. BEF Artillery Crew. Other than that old Airfix set of the RHA, I don't think anyone has ever done a dedicated set of artillerymen for the early-war BEF!
28. Portuguese Infantry. For the Western Front in their corrugated steel Brodie helmets. Probably asking too much to do Portuguese Colonial Infantry for East Africa (or Belgian Force Publique), but those are out there too.
29. African-American Infantry. The 369th Infantry (Harlem Hell-Fighters) and several other all-black US Army regiments were issued Adrian helmets with their US uniforms, and would be amazing to see in 1/72 plastic.
30. Japanese infantry. Can't take Tsingtao without them!
31. Irish Volunteers. For the Easter Rising. Can include civilians.

And

32. Any sort of dedicated sets of pilots and ground crew for the main combatants - Germany, Britain, France, Italy, US, Russia or A/H. That single combined set from RedBox is nice but pretty limited.

What else is out there?

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Congrats Somogon. An impressive fascinating list.

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WW1/RCW Russian and Ukrainain partisans on foot and mounted on tachankas

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SAMOGON,
Shockingly, you've missed out one of the most unique
units of the First World War: The Russian Battalion
of Death, an all female infantry unit and they
actually saw action in the Great War too!!!
They made a movie about them here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNHrYAG9WzM

Paul K

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Royal Marines

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I agree with Samogon about the WWI American African-American troops. They would be interesting to see on the battlefield.

US Navy operated heavy railway artillery on the Western Front.

US Army troops, late war.

US Army horse cavalry.

I like the idea of the African British empire and German troops.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog

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Yes still plenty to do including the following :

1. Romanian Army 1916-17. Have a very distinctive look.

2. Greek Infantry on the Macedonian front.

3. Late war Austrian Infantry in helmets.

4. Polish Ulans in Austrian service 1915

Can´t believe that no sets of Austro-Hungarian cavalry exist for the period 1914-15 as they played a major part in the campaigns on the Eastern front.
More sets of Serbs for 1914/15 would also be very welcome.

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Totally agree for the Romanians, and I hang my head in shame for forgetting them! Also, Austrian Mountain Troops to fight the Alpini would be a good set. Might as well throw in a set of the German Alpenkorps for the same campaigns - the officer figure could be a young Leutnant Erwin Rommel, to complement all those Rommel figures from the Afrika Korps sets with his far-away gaze.

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29. African-American Infantry. The 369th Infantry (Harlem Hell-Fighters) and several other all-black US Army regiments were issued Adrian helmets with their US uniforms, and would be amazing to see in 1/72 plastic.

Also French Weapons and equipment so quite some differences there..

See: "Scott's official history of the American Negro in the world war (1919)"
Cover other nations black soldiers also...

:wink:

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While most of all I would like to see a thorough approach covering the Early War German and British Infantry (marching/advancing/firing/support/etc.), there are still many other subjects left:


Early War French

Infantry:
- Chasseurs Alpins
- Tirailleurs Senegalese
- Zouaves

Cavalry:
- Dragoons
- Cuirassiers
- Hussars
- Spahis


Early War Austro-Hungarians

Infantry:
- Summer Dress
- Alpenjäger
- Hungarian Infantry
- Bosnian Infantry

Cavalry:
- Hussars
- Dragoons
- Uhlans


Late War Austro-Hungarians

Infantry:
- Austro-Hungarian Infantry
- Austro-Hungarian support group


Early War British

Infantry:
- Scottish Infantry
- BEF Trench Raiders
- BEF support group
- Royal Marines

Cavalry:
- Bengal Lancers
- Dismounted Cavalry


East Africa British

- King's African Rifles
- British Askaris


Early War Germans

Infantry:
- German Trench Raiders
- German support group

Cavalry:
- Dismounted Uhlans
- Dismounted Hussars


Other

- Belgian Carabineers
- Serbian Infantry Summer Dress
- Bulgarian Infantry
- Romanian Infantry


I have certainly forgotten to mention more... There are also some sets that already exist but I wish they would be reinvigorated (hint East Africa Campaign hint).

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Early War British support weapons...in particular a decent HMG crewed by Brits with a cap. 50 years on and the only stuff out there is the old Airfix set.

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Andrew, I find another manufacturer's "ANZAC heavy weapons" gunner a decent replacement.

For cavalry (maybe also infantry), Strelets' WW1 "Australian Dismounted Camel Corps".

Their comrades fighting the Ottomans could be based on Strelets' "WW2 Indian Infantry Heavy Weapons".

In all cases, a headswap is required. Heads in peaked caps are not hard to find. Regards, Pa

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I'd be interested in these:

1. Serbian Infantry in Summer Dress. Pre-1916, including the Balkan Wars.
3. Austro-Hungarian Cavalry for pre-1916.
4. Austro-Hungarian stormtroops. In puttees and the Berndorfer helmet.
8. German Naval Infantry/Seebataillon. For the Western Front.
9. Bicycle Troops - but more guys just cycling please, I'd prefer them carrying their bikes, and hiding behind them prone.
10. Bulgarian Infantry, including men in the traditional tsarvoui shoes and opanki woolen stockings. Would also work for the Balkan Wars.
17. French cavalry for 1914.
18. French spahis, early war.
19. French zouaves/turcos/Senegalese for 1914.
30. Japanese infantry. Should work for 1900 and 1905 as well.
Romanian Army 1916-17. Have a very distinctive look.

I'd like to add:

Serbian artillery.

French trench mortars Crapouillot, a much feared weapon.

The British had their Royal Naval Division in Antwerp in 1914.

German dragoons in pickelhaube are available from Strelets. British BEF artillery can be made from the HäT artillery crew set as heads with caps are supplied.

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Never too late for another tedious wish list, isn't it? :sweat_smile:

1914
- Austrian early (advancing) infantry & machine gun crews
- Austrian early cavalry (Dragoner, Husaren & Ulanen)
- Austrian artillery crews (light & medium field guns)
- Serbian early infantry usable for Balkan Wars as well
- Serbian early artillery crews (light or medium field gun) Balkan Wars
- German early (advancing) infantry & MG crews
- German artillery crews (light & medium field guns)
- German early cavalry (updated Husaren, Ulanen & Dragoner)
- German Marinekorps Flandern
- French early (advancing) infantry & Zouaves with MG crews
- French early cavalry (Dragoons & Chasseurs) largely usable for FPW
- Belgian early infantry & MG crews
- Belgian early cavalry (Lancers & Chasseurs)
- Belgian Carabineers with MG crews
- Ottoman (advancing) infantry & MG crews usable for Balkan Wars
- Ottoman artillery crews (light & medium field guns) Balkan Wars
- Ottoman mountain gun with crew Balkan Wars
- Ottoman regular & irregular cavalry (diff. headgear options) Balkan Wars
- British artillery crews in Palestine/Mesopotamia (QF 13-pdr field gun)
- German Schutztruppe East- & Southwest-Africa (infantry & mounted)
- Japanese infantry usable for RJW as well
- Japanese artillery crews (light or medium field gun) RJW

1915
- Austrian Gebirgsinfanterie (Stand-/Landesschützen & Kaiserjäger)
- Austrian mountain gun with crew
- Italian mountain gun with Alpini crew
- Italian cavalry (Lancers & Light Cavalry)
- Italian artillery crews (light or medium field gun)
- Italian Bersaglieri cyclist infantry & MG crew
- German Alpenkorps
- Mule trains appropriate to mountain warfare
- ANZAC infantry & MG crews
- ANZAC artillery crews with light field gun
- Bulgarian early infantry & MG crews usable for Balkan Wars
- Bulgarian artillery crews (light or medium field gun) Balkan Wars
- Austrian infantry & artillery crews in Turkey & Palestine
- Indian crew with mountain gun
- Canadian infantry, MG & artillery crew (1 or 2 special tribute sets) :+1:

1916
- French "1916+" infantry & support weapons usable for post-WWI conflicts
- German "1916+" infantry & support weapons
- Austrian "1916+" infantry & support weapons
- Romanian infantry usable for the Balkan Wars
- Romanian artillery crews (light or medium field gun) Balkan Wars
- Greek infantry & Evzones Balkan Wars
- Bulgarian "1916+" infantry usable up to WWII
- ANZAC Mounted Division (horse-mounted & dismounted)
- Indian Cavalry Brigade (horse-mounted & dismounted)

1917
- Austrian Sturm-Bataillon with support weapons
- German Sturm-Bataillon with support weapons
- German Asien-Korps, infantry & artillery crews
- Ottoman Yildirim Army Group with Assault Battalion
- Italian Arditi assault troops with support weapons
- Portuguese infantry & artillery crew (1 or 2 special tribute sets)

1918
- US infantry with support weapons
- US artillery crew (light or medium field gun)

Generally
- Russian (advancing) infantry & MG crews usable for RJW & RCW
- Russian artillery crews (light & medium field guns) RCW
- Russian cavalry (updated Regulars & Cossacks) RCW
- French Spahis usable for many other conflicts
- French Tirailleurs (north african & senegalese) many other conflicts possible
- Medium & Heavy Trench Mortars/Minenwerfer with crews (A.-H., France, Germany & GB)
- Indian infantry & MG crew
- King's African Rifles
- German Colonial Askaris
- conventional Limbers & Caissons with appropriate numbers of draft animals (France, Germany, A.-H., Russia, GB)
- Sappers for the major belligerents (France, Germany, A.-H., Russia, Ottoman Empire, Italy & GB)
- German & British sailors in battle, on duty or in harbour
- German, French, A.-H. & British Empire pilots + ground crews

Related & Subsequent
- Russian & German sailors revolting
- Communists & Spartacists 1918/19
- Russian & German workers/proletarians revolting
- Russian & German police forces in anti-riot action
- Makhnovists & other fractions of the RCW
- Freikorps 1918-23
- Polish cavalry (Polish–Soviet War 1919-21)
- Greek infantry & Evzones (Greco-Turkish War 1919–1922)
- Irish Volunteers
- Mexican Revolution Zapatistas/Villistas
- US Mexican Expedition, infantry & cavalry

- Monarchs, Political Leaders & relevant characters:
Peter I of Serbia, Franz Joseph I & family, István Tisza, Nicholas II & family, Goremykin, Wilhelm II, Bethmann-Hollweg, Clemenceau, Poincaré, Mehmed V, Enver Pasha, Albert I of Belgium, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, George V, Asquith, Lloyd-George, Kitchener, Hussein bin Ali, Victor Emmanuel III, W. Wilson, Lenin, Trotsky, Krasnov, Rasputin, Constantine I of Greece, F. Ebert, K. Liebknecht, R. Luxemburg, E. Thälmann, Mata Hari, Gertrude Bell, Max v. Oppenheim ...

- General staff & high-ranking or iconic commanders:
Putnik, Bojovic, Erzherzog Friedrich, Ehzg. Eugen, Ehzg. Joseph Ferdinand, Hötzendorf, Józef Pilsudski, Böhm-Ermolli, Alekseyev, Brusilov, Ivanov, Kolchak, Wrangel, Rupprecht von Bayern, Leopold v. Bayern, Wilhelm v. Preußen, Albrecht v. Württemberg, Falkenhayn, Hindenburg, Ludendorff, Mackensen, Lettow-Vorbeck, Tirpitz, Scheer, Hipper, Joffre, Foch, Nivelle, Pétain, Liman v. Sanders, Mustafa Kemal Pasha, Panagiotis Danglis, J.W. & A. Murray, W. Robertson, Allenby, Haig, Jellicoe, Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Cadorna, Faisal bin Hussein, W. Birdwood, A. Godley, Pershing ...

- Era-characteristic & country-specific Civilians:
both sexes, all ages, urban & rural, bourgeois & proletarian, agricultural & factory workers, craftsmen, merchants, clerics ...

(reasonable cultural demarcations could possibly incorporate: France-Germany-A.H.(partly)-UK, Russia-Poland-A.H.(partly)-Bulgaria-Serbia, Ottoman Empire-Near East/Arabia)


A bit ambitious some may say, but it easily demonstrates how much more could be done for WWI and connected conflicts.
Really tired of outdated Airfix and frequently insufficient Hät figures. All we effectively have are a few sets (Revell, Emhar, Caesar, Zvezda, Pegasus, Waterloo & recent Strelets figures).

Waterloo1815 are working on a decent set of Arditi and Strelets has several WWI subjects in queque. Let's call it a solid start. :laughing:

I'm fully convinced that the current Strelets style could add essential expansions for this significant period! :wink: :+1: