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Just following up on EDWARDIAN'S idea below. Having a free civilian on the sprue: representative of the period of the soldiers in the box.
it would be great to see some ladies in their finery and/or a wee peasant lassie or laddie, complete with a bucket.
Actually, credit where it's due, it was Andy who said "you could even swap the "free" streletsi piece for a civilian of that appropriate era"
I agree. We agreed that both dedicated civilian sets and a bonus civilian with sets of soldiers would be good.
There are always camp followers, so a bonus civilian from the same era as the soldiers could almost never be wrong!
I can see a place in my heart, and on my table, for a WSS sutler. IIRC, one is featured in one of the Blenheim tapestries, so we have a fairly accurate idea of what he might look like!
Yes, Sorry ANDY it was your idea. I got confused with the numerous quotes.
Now at least three of us like your suggestion.
It has potential.
Thank you, Andy and Edwardian.
I would like to see camp followers in the Napoleonic sets.
Great idea whether bonus figures, dedicated sets, or both. Camp followers and suttlers would be top of the list but general population civilians would be good too.
But then Strelets would have to change their name to штатский or Цивільний...
Generic civilians works better than most, a civilian for the period of the set it comes with works better for me at least , ie WW2 Europe , a civilian that fits, Napoleonic a civilian that fits , wss etc etc, and not forgetting the LRDG set needs making too :wink:
Mr Buckingham - Are you looking for figures to mount in jeeps?
Yes as well, but on foot would be good, just going stuff, like road watch, advancing , firing .
There are a few metals around, 20mm so on the small side,dixon are 18mm and way too small , some of the metals have stens , that never made it to the desert, the best is a wargames foundry figure, but they only do one pose ! some of the other metals are quite good, one with a vickers k being the pick.
I think this a brilliant idea as I think the Streltsi have run their course now. Obviously difficult to do dedicated sets as everybody will want different stuff but if you are buying for a particular era then if all the sets contained a civilian from that era it's bound to be useful. Probably a bit ambitious but what would really be wonderful is a little tableaux like a blacksmith working at the anvil or a women weaving or grinding grain.
Up to now, Strelets have left civilians to Linear A and Linear B. Although I do have a number of Strelets very first set FRENCH ARMY CAMP.
I meant to add that the French Army Camp has a number of civilians in it. So Strelets have already set the precedent.