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Without the usual Friday Night Jungle Drums beating throughout the great expanse of the internet this weekend, Le Cafard started slowly setting in. So I thought, "How could I come up with an adequet French Foreign Legion Mounted Company?" using the new Strelets French Foreign Legion Desert Patrol Set 192.
I asked myself if I wanted to use Pack Camels or Pack Mules and I decided - both! The Legion set already comes with Camels, so all I needed were baggage and mules. So ...
Using one or both of Strelets sets Roman Transport 1 and Roman Transport 2, you get 4 mules in each one with a variety of packs to mount on them. Or, trim off the pins for the baggage, and you can make up some riding mules.
Voila! This was a very easy project because I already have a nice collection of Strelets' Roman Imperial Army including the Transport sets and you get Camels with the Desert Patrol Set, so why not make a combined Mounted Company with Mules, Camels, Mounted and Foot Legionnaires!
By the way, combining and converting various Strelets sets to expand your collection is a pretty good way any time to avoid suffering from - The Bug (famously portrayed in the early Beau Geste movies).
"Le Cafard" link:
I decided to use some horse poses from my old HO/00 scale Atlantic 7th Cavalry set - with their long wavy manes trimmed right back, the smaller horses pass for mules, and look good when the larger FFL riders are mounted on them (fit quite well too).
In the event Mr. Strelets later makes a dedicated mule set with accessories, I'll gladly "upgrade" my FFL riders...
Yes, my hopes too, Strelets should be encouraged to make a dedicated Mounted Companies set. And if in fact they do, my personal hope is that they will sculpt Legionnaires in their fatigues with wide waist sash and Kepi with Neck Curtain and not wearing the famous Blue Capote nor their full-Kit Backpack.
My purpose would be twofold, (1) for them to be manning and fighting from the walls in their Fort (Zinderneuf) under attack by native tribesmen as in the Beau Geste movies, and also (2) to be formed up in a Defensive Square with the animals protected inside, much like the famous British Squares that Strelets new Napoleonic Highlander and Infantry sets will allow to soon do. Both action-fighting scenarios I will recreate using Strelets new fine figurines!
Yes, and I think we need some artillery too in order to fully recreate some fierce last-stand battles...including wounded and casualty figures...
Bingo! What a great picture. It portrays all the nice details we'd love to have for FFL last stands (as you say!). In fact back on February 12, 2019 this year Strelets posted a "Teaser Picture" of a cannon and crew for us FFL fans. I almost forgot. Maybe we'll be able to add it to our armies by the Year End Holidays. Here is the link:
Note to Strelets:
Please also make a beautiful set with the same kinds of poses of British Infantry for the Boer War to use "Patrolling" the South African countryside for Commandos!
GC, Many thanks for remembering and sharing that link - I suppose, and hope, that the FFL arty set will be in the Dec 2019 batch of new releases then! Great!!! :grinning: