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Here is a link to the history of the FFL Mounted Companies:
Could anyone advise me how to post a couple of photos here on the forum just in the thread posting. I've got a sampling of a Mounted Company using existing mules in my collection, but not painted, so not worth a Contribution to bother Strelets with, just fun. Hopefully Strelets will be motivated to produce a set of them.
I only know how to do it this way (if the photos are already posted/hosted on another webpage):
1. Right click on the image photo you want to share in the forum
2. Select 'Copy image location'
3. Paste into your forum message (ctrl-v)
4. Just prior to image address make sure you type in the following code img [in square brackets]
5. Right at the end of image address make sure you type in the following code /img [in square brackets]
I like the mule train! :relaxed:
Thank you very much Baratheon, for your lightening fast response. Let me get some pics put together this weekend and see if I can find a picture host and get some up. I very much look forward to making this happen. OK, enjoy your weekend! - GC
GC Bravenet itself does not host images and these must come from external hosts...
I would suggest using https://postimages.org/ as a host, I've found them to be resonably reliable, its best to open an account.. though they will host your pics anonymously as well (ie no account)....
All Strelets really need to do is produce a set of suitable mules with loads as they already have the figures, however one mount should be a horse for the officer... so five mules one horse plus the figures from the desert patrol set and of course a new box:wink:
Hi Ironsides, And thank you, too for your most appreciated adivce. Now I have all the latest info for how to post pictures. It's been a decade or so since I did this last.
BTW, I'll let the cat out of the bag here, for anyone reading this, just in case I get derailed. I just happened to have in my private collection the Imex Alamo Mexican Cavalry sets in Blue color from their Big Box Set w/paper Alamo. The Cavalry sprew (set) comes with 3 pack mules and 1 bareback riding mule. The smaller single sets come in Red. I just happen to have several Blue sets so - 6 Riders with 3 Pack Mules each in tow, and a marching Legionaire walking next to each each rider using (as you recommend) 1 Strelets FFL Desert Patrol set. For me, it works, but I don't recommend buying them. Too expensive to build up a group. My hope is Strelets goes ahead and makes a dedicated set for us. OK, until later, and thank you, again! - GC
Link for mules below:
It's an easy conversion just using the camel riders and any left-over mules
Very good Fire-at-Will, and thanking for sharing.
Strelets have also sculpted mules in the past for several of their earlier sets, as a couple of people have pointed out previously.
So I'm hoping it would be a relatively easy process for Strelets to gather together their various old mule sculpts, maybe tweak them a bit, make a new mold so they're all on one sprue together, and produce a new set of them - generic mule-train even (for use with any era)...
OK, here are a few pics of the Imex Mex Alamo Cavalry Mules and also Strelets Mules (3 of 4 per set) from an Ancients / Roman Transportation 1 set.
All the medium blue mules are Imex. There is only 1 pose of baggage mules (all 3 mules the same pose) and 1 pose of riding mule with no saddle details. Still the Strelets 6 riders fit nicely when you cut off the camel pegs from the riders ankles. The 3 grey mules are Strelets. Both makers mules match exactly! Still, many of us would like to see Strelets make a "FFL Mounted Companies with Pack Mules" set. Thank you guys for your help! I was waiting for the evening sun to shine through my window to take pics and low and behold, it's clouded up and thunder off in distance. Wouldn't you know it!? :palm_tree:
Everything for two men is carried by one mule + one man rides the same mule, the only pack mules would likely be specials for the officers or heavy weapons(not usual) or perhaps extra water, the object was speed of movement not a huge supply column or to act as cavalry, if you like a mounted infantry fire brigade..
Camels are the normal method of carrying supply loads and these would be hired from locals with local drivers usually in the thousands, but would not be attached to the company as such it was the job of the mule company to protect the routes...
Thank you for your help in posting pics and also your comments. Your "postimages" was surprisingly easy to set up, especially with everyone's very kindly guided steps to help go thru and get it done. Quite painless for me, if not fun. :sweat_smile: . And I hear what you are saying! If Strelets were to go forward with a Mounted Company set it looks like there needs to be more saddled-up mules and only a couple of or a few pack mules. Something that would be interesting is a mule set up with side-seats for injured legionnaires to ride on, but then we'd need two sitting men also. The "monlegionnaire" blog has a photo of this very theme on it's home page right now.
Anywho, I hope other forum members add their ideas for Strelets to read. I'm all thunk-out over this for now. Cheers :palm_tree:
Its called a Cacolet, usually camel or mule in north africa/middle east, there are a number of seated figures in the Hät WW1 artillery sets intended as limber riders but would probarbly work with suitable seats attached to the animal, or alternatively use wounded on a stretcher... put stretcher or stretchers in the PSR search area in the link... even ones that arn't suitable can be covered with a blanket...
The Airfix French WW1 walking wounded works with or without an FFL head as well, use the PSR search to find others that may be suitable...
Not perfect but I think it would look OK particulatly as a group:wink: