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Dear Strelets, may I tempt you to consider some decent sets of British heavy cavalry for 1812-1815? The heavy dragoons and the Scot's Grey's(covered bearskin please) may make two excellent sets. Other manufacturers have attempted them, but they did/do not impress. Your infantry urgently needs cavalry back-up!
The old Esci set had poorly developed horses. Biggest let down of that set is the lack of reins(like Esci/Italeri's curassiers- and lancersets which for that reason would also benefit from an update). The Italeri Greys have too many poses with pistol or carbine(non of which would be used in a full charge). Carbine wielding figures would better suit hussars or chasseurs(like the Guard Chasseurs of Revell) provided the horses are standing i.s.o. trotting, gallopping or rearing. Basically the Italeri's Greys only have five men wielding their sword in a proper full charge way, which the horses seem to depict. Why, apart from the men with firearms, have 2 men with lowered sword en 2 men with shouldered sword in a full charge? Mars'set is a copy of the Esci set. I know of no other Greys.
The Esci and Italeri were very good sculptures; as you say the equipment rather lets them down.
HaT produced an almost generic Heavy Dragoon set. It even had an additional head for a Scot's Grey with bearskin. It is an excellent set but limited in range; simply because it covered so many headress types.
The Lady-Butler painting lacked accuracy, but I'd forgive her if I could have a set of Scots Greys charging in dress uniform. Just as they were in the film 'Waterloo'. (I daren't mention the Polish Lancers in that film)
I can almost hear the Button-counters screaming in their 'soup de Jour'
If it looks good; it is good enough for me
The H-set heavy dragoons only had two useful poses if you consider sword at shoulder useful. The other pose had the sword at the side with the rider at least looking in it's direction. The other two poses with their ringhands could never convincingly hold a sword. As for the extra heads, 3 heads with bicorn and 3 heads with bearskin make for a poor selection.
Strelets with their present immaculate sculpting(looking at the Prussian cavalry) can do much better I am sure.
I'll second that. There is a clear gap here for decent Heavies
Well a Nappy set I would buy, Scots grays without oil skin covers, I have a few Qualiticast figures ,four to be precise , the command group,and bought the Waterloo set to back them up, I would lve to add to them.
Perfect for a what if scenario , like instead of one charge in the whole Napoleonic wars , what if they saw action in 1800 in Egypt, then they would be of use in the Desert...... but like the LRDG some sets we wait a lifetime for, this is another for me.
Well David Stirling was a Scotsman, so with a little imagination I can see him on a grey horse galloping Rommel down as well.