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Probably as a lot of 1/72 hobbyists, my collection includes Spanish Civil War aircrafts and AFV... but so few soldiers to go with ! Just some dozens of old Bum Tercio Legionaries and Republican soldiers that, as it seems, are no more available. So the question to Mr Strelets is : May we expect from you the production of Falangist, Requetes, Regulares, Guardia Civil, Cuerpo de Seguridad, Republican infantry (with Adrian or mod. 1926 Helmets), POUM and FAI Militians, etc... The SCW is a very important conflict and producing all these fighters in 1/72 scale would surely meet a big commercial success. Anyway, I know that I'd buy the whole range of boxes devoted to this theme.
I have spent a couple of hours this Sunday morning converting odd figures from various "1/72" sets to represent militia from the Spanish Civil War.
After lunch I sit down to look at the Strelets forum and see this post, so I would be pleased to see figures like these being produced.
What is needed most is a) regular infantry, b) Maroccan Regulares and c) artillery. The infantry and artillery uniform is particular for granadero trousers similar to breeches and headgear (M1926 helmet or Isabellino caps). Regulares would require hand-to-hand combat poses.
Sets of these could be used together with Strelets' "Rif War" sets.
Militia can be converted from existing figures, as are two thirds of my SCw armies. They started as WW2 Partizans, Chinese, and WW1 Serbians, Doughboys, Germans and French. Maroccan Regulares are represented by WW1 Indians and Strelets Zouaves. Boxer War British Marines double as Guardia Civil after a headswap with carved AWI tricorns. Cavalry is converted from Airfix U. S. cavalry. Italeri will re-issue the Warshaw Pact set, the NVA soldiers' East German steel helmets could double as Spanish M1926.
I have plugged separete metal heads from Minairons (sold in sets of 9) successfully into decapitated plastic figures. They come with a neck, and a drop of white or super glue will fix them in place. At 2.95 € this is less expensive than buying metal figures.
The Bandera (= Dave Allsopp = Hotspur = Rolf Hedges = Historical Products Company) and Minairons metal figures are great and mix perfectly well with plastics. Have not tried Irregular or Panzer Garage.
Be great if someone could re-issue the BUM sets. The Legion and the Republican infantry are good as they are, the Militia set is ok but the National infantry and the security forces would have to be done in a normal plastic, not the breakable BUM material.
Two of the most common artillery pieces have not been done in plastic: the Schneider 75/28 field gun and the Schneider 70/16 mountain gun. http://www.sbhac.net/Republica/Fuerzas/Armas/Artilleria/Artilleria.htm
Thanks for sharing your conversion ideas, some I had not thought of!
Steve, many thanks for the link, a whole library of information. Must register to TMP one day.
About the field gun, since there is no image I did not order the Panzer Garage set although I bpught a FtF mle 1897 box. Is there just the gun shield to it? I guess it all depends how picky you are in 1/72.
To me, the Skoda sets from another manufacturer are an excellent compromise. This Schneider conversion I found rather inspiring but can't tell how accurate it is for the Spanish version:
Instead, I bought the Bandera version, and also their mountain gun. As all of their guns they are cheap, rather simple but a good starting point for detailing.
I also bought the 105 mm Vickers from Minairons but have not yet built it. Regards, Pa
Thanks, Pa, that's a really great tutorial for that conversion of their "75" to the Schneider-Canet export version you found (I have 3 sets!). Not seen that article before - strange it doesn't seem to be included in the links under the section for their French "75" set where I'd expect to find it http://www.hat.com/currentW.html Perhaps I'm missing some part of their site???
I think if that was the version used in Spain then it becomes an extremely convoluted Schneider-Canet-Trubia (any more to add? ;) ) adaption!
As I understand it the Panzer Garage conversion set includes both the F2F kit plus the PG resin shield but language barriers and a confusing website (for me at least) mean I can't confirm it. All I can say is look at the different photos on that link and it includes pics of the painted gun with the resin shield attached and the 3rd shows the F2F sprue with the light-coloured resin shield to the top left. Their website is SO poor that I can't even send an easy link to the photos I'm talking about and had to take a screenshot for my own use. I'm not their employee to do advertising for them so they will have to get informed if they want to sell more.
Steve, glad you liked the article. The author, Brennan Tate, did about three more including one on improving the Airfix 13pdr, well worth a google search.
I see the image of the Panzer Garage gunshield, looks like an easy conversion. Need to investigate a bit further. Serbia used those guns as well in WW1, and since I am building a Serbian army around Strelets' excellent infantry set, I am tempted to buy further Schneider Canet guns.
What do you think, would the Panzer Garage (or Bandera) guns work for Serbian, Greek, or Bulgarian Schneider Canet guns as well? Regards, Pa
we ain't planning to venture into this area yet.
Please, be guided accordingly.
So sad !:disappointed:
About another subject : is there any chance to see this year M091 "Caesar in Battle II" and M115 "Napoleonic French Sappers" both "In Preparation" for so long ?
Would love to see some and great suggestions from Pa
The upcoming Boer set, just like the WW1 French in summer uniform, could double as SCW troops:
The M138 Boers have a militia flavour. If you cannot find the BUM Milita set, and don't want the male or female militia metals from Minairons, just add some heads with isabellino sidecap (also vailable from Minairons) to the Boers and voila!