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Having seen requests for civilian figures on Strelets Forum made me think of Stadden Figures Edwardian and Victorian men, women and children.
At £10 for 10 figures they are more expensive than plastic figures, but may be worth considering if you want a small number for a diorama.
They are made for "1/76" model railways, but the men are about 23mm tall which is compatible with with many plastic "1/72" figures. Also they are not bulky like many metal figures, but again have a similar build to plastic figures.
I have used a few as Boer and British colonial civilians, but they could have many other uses.
Very nice looking! Maybe Strelets could think about a set or two of these adults and children, both standing and sitting, in plastic 1/72 scale. Not just this era but other eras also.
As an aside, missing from most sets and most makers are good sitting figures that can be used to drive wagons. Hint, hint.
Strelets sets always give me a fair return on my investment right out of the box in both quality and quantity so I hope someday to see civilian sets also.
Thanks for posting, Sandy. - GC
They are excellent figures. Some Edwardian and others nominally 1860s.
Here is an interesting series of comparisons between some HaT Indian infantry and a Stadden and a somewhat overscale nominally 1/76 figure from another range. It will be see that though the heft of the HaT figures is greater, the Stadden 1/76 figure is the better match for height.
Though not the best sculpted, I have about 100 old Aifix wagon train civilians which fit in nicely in my diormas involving buildings and towns etc...…
I still think it is time to retire the Streltsi bonus figures and include a civilian from the same era as the set as a bonus figure. If I buy a WWII set or a Dark Age set then a figure from that period is going to be far more use to me than a 16th century Russian that I don't collect. It would make me even more keen to get the other sets from a period if I knew that as well as building up my armies I would be acquiring a complementary little band of civilians.
This is a fantastic suggestion.
The bonus Streltsi have been a lovely signature touch but I don’t really need or want any more. Bonus civilians would be a great alternative.
Civilians in plastic in any scale are pretty scarce - any would be welcome.
I think Strelets should make some American Civil War civilians. They would be great for
dioramas. Civilians cheering marching troops, runaways from plantations, plantation life sets,
Missouri Guerrillas, camp followers, sutlers, etc., etc.
We all want civilians for our favourite eras but one man's meat is another man's poison on this issue. I could equally ask for Dark Age, medieval or WWII civilians but such sets would be of no interest whatsoever to lots of other people. This is why I think tailoring a few civilians to the era of a set is a good compromise. Imagine, for example, if all the sets for the Western Desert had included one or two Arab civilians. Another idea that occurs to me might be a bonus figure for smaller units, for example carrying on with idea of the Western Desert imagine if every box had included a bonus SAS or LRDG figure. The key thing is that the bonus figure would relate to the era of the set and in my view is bound to be more appealing to a wide range of collectors.