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I have been thinking about these guys too. The FFL is pretty cool.
I have one of these forts by Hudson and Allen. I think it really captures the feeling.
These new sets of FFL and Arabs look fantastic! As a modeller, (who hardly ever seems to finish anything)I do see some great ideas for dioramas both small and large with so much promise from these sets. The old Airfix figures also hold a special place for myself and the good old Fort Sahara … memories from the distant past.
Strelets are bringing these periods alive again and deserve much praise for their inventiveness in both subject manner and the sculpting and poses provided - much more animated than figure sets from previous manufacturers. (No disrespect intended as the original companies paved the way for the huge and varied range of figures we are currently experiencing).
No matter which sets are released I am always fascinated with the interesting and characterful animation and sculpting by Strelets, that actually tell a story, not just run of the mill poses... again kudos to Strelets !!
They are indeed excellent figures.
Thanks for the links, pictures, and suggestions guys. FFL is a romantic topic, isn't it? There are now many great pictures of hobby FFL forts on the internet, both conversions and kits built by enthusiasts. So much fun to look at. Google (images) is a treasure chest of ideas.
Regarding how the FFL would have moved a mountain gun around the desert, the movie "March or Die" has a picture of one being transported dis-assembled by mule pack. Makes sense it would work for both the Sahara sand and mountain trails, and be a fun conversion.
I feel the Strelets line of FFL and Arabs are by far the most historically accurate, tastefully done, made in a nice color, and have many animated poses to cover so many colonial subjects.
For me, in the end, with the FFL, I don't go overboard taking the subject too serious, as they were always very adaptive anyway. It has a very long history. So let your imagination open up. Keep it fun.
Here is one more link I know of by an enthusiast with lots of fun info in general. If you have the free time, on that Home Page, check down the right side for older, earlier posts. Lots of reference material hidden in the older stuff. I saved the link and check back periodically. It's called "Mon Legionnaire."
I feel a dedicated FFL mule train set should be next up
Yes a dedicated mule train for the FFL will be highly commendable as will be some with carts. Please give us these missing gaps for this period.
How about Strelets releasing a 'Draught Animal' set comprising a couple of the mule-ox animal sprues from the Crusader Transport 1 set?? Maybe a couple of the Rif camel sprues??
You don't have to be Michelangelo to mould sacks/bundles/blankets etc from putty, or folded tents and tent-poles... Possibly components of dismantled mountain gun...