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Re: Would Strelets be interested in doing a series on the American War Of Independance?

I would love to see -- and happily buy -- anything from Strelets for the American Revolution period (or the French and Indian War). I think AWI troops are very poorly represented in plastic in this scale, with mostly very poor efforts by other manufacturers. I wargame this period, and the vast majority of my troops have to be metal, with few conversions. I would especially like to see grenadiers, light infantry (both sides, especially in brimmed hats), militia, and American troops not wearing tricorns. But I'll eagerly gobble up anything that will help to diversify my wargame armies for this fascinating period in American military history.

Re: Would Strelets be interested in doing a series on the American War Of Independance?

Dear Robert,

Interested?
Yes.
When?
No clue.

Best regards,

Strelets

Re: Would Strelets be interested in doing a series on the American War Of Independance?

A subject dear to my heart. I had mentioned a while back on this forum that there are some real possibilities to create some subjects that have never been done. Both the Seven Years/French and Indian War and the American Revolution present some great subjects. For the latter, Morgan's Riflemen, the Black Watch, both Tarleton's and Lee's Legions for opposing sides, the Hessians. Staffs for both sides, as you have done so beautifully for the American Civil War. I am not a big fan of Italeri's sets for that era, and once again lots of things like artillery and cavalry were completely left out or miserably done. Native American tribes have also been given short shrift or done terribly. I do like the Italeri Native American set, but try finding it anywhere. Any who, I just love the sets you have been doing lately. Hard not to hope that you would unleash your sculpting talents on the above.

Re: Would Strelets be interested in doing a series on the American War Of Independance?

Great to learn that Strelets are at least interested that some say they will do AWI, hopefully also 7 Years'War & French Indian War. We live in hope.

Re: Would Strelets be interested in doing a series on the American War Of Independance?

Fascinating era (as previously noted by you guys I think it is fair to say historians pretty much consider the Seven Years' War and American Revolution as intricately related to the point that they are inseparable), but I sympathize with toy soldier and PC game companies on this topic because it is egregiously difficult to simulate. This is in large part because of the aforementioned distinctiveness of the factions and units, which featured everything from Virginia Militia in purple hunting shirts to the almost Prussian looking uniforms of the Hesse-Kassel Grenadiers to the Cubano Militia who were raised by the Spanish Empire to defend Havana in 1778. The most thorough attempt I have ever seen to show all of these at the same time was a modification for Empire: Total War called 'TAR' (The American Revolution). It had a spectacular 500+ different unit types modelled into it, and that was just for 1775-1783 scenarios!

The problem with this is it is hard to make a profit off of any one set for the era while maintaining decent historical accuracy, as there are only so many people who are going to pay for something like French-Canadian Militia or representations of Culpeper County Militia in 1775-76 (sadly). This is in stark contrast to something like STRM012, which can comfortably be used to represent basically any faction which used Catholic European Men-at-Arms from the late 12th Century AD (including the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, Portugal, France, Castile, Bavaria, etc.). So I would love to see some sets for this era as well, but I can see why companies such as HaT have avoided it or pulled out previously.