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Can you let us know what Santa will be bringing us Xmas it would be great to get our orders in with our suppliers. looks like Alan will get his LRDG and the Russians are coming but any other news would be greatly appreciated.
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Once you see actual sprues, that means they are intended for next lot release.
Very happy, I cannot thank you enough for listening a making the Lrdg set(s) and what look like more WW2 desert set, the hobby needs them and without doubt will be popular.
they look really and will be great for dioramas that involve a unit having a brew up or a unit watching a road prior to launching an attack. I hope they are followed up with a action set. I only do Napoleonic stuff now but two of my favorite movies are Raid on Rommel and Tobruk. I also loved Ice Cold in Alex, but that was all about Sylvia Syms. There was also one with a young Richard Attenborough called Sea of Sand I think that was good as well.
thanks i will go back through recent posts and see what i have missed.
Sea of Sand was the film that got me interested , that and Dad telling me more before during and after the film, I was probably 8/9 years old.
As a teenager in the eighties, Saturdays were spent watching old war movies on the BBC and recording the action scenes on to an audio cassette to use in my war games.
Happy times and I really loved the old matchbox sets that had the lrdg vehicles and the Old buildings as part of the kit and the ANZAC figures.
great how old memories come back when the films are shown today
The LRDG chaps look splendid. I'm looking forward to seeing their fellows in combat-mode and, of course, their combatants.
I don't want to upset those who want to see more Africa Corp but I would really appreciate it if Strelets would make some Italians; in scruffy Great-coats and forage caps. I believe that the smartly dressed Italian chaps that are available do not compliment realistic LRDG chaps or even the REME (in work-clothes) and other 8th Army soldiers.
and if you can throw in the odd supply camel I'd be overjoyed.
I'd love to see more WW2 sets generally though I have very large Middle East forces there's always room for something special.
For those wanting mules and camels see the mules thread, and have a look at Early War Miniatures where I've just got my first batch of mules, and I believe camels are available.
I'd especially like to see sets of Italian colonial troops as these often get overlooked.
Hope this helps.
Stay safe folks!
I agree with the gentlemen who have voted in favour of Italian troops in desert gear. There are some sets which depict Italian army forces at the battle of El Alamein, but still quite nothing regarding the early fights in Libya and Ethiopia.
I will definitely buy your LRDG, but please take into consideration such requests.
I would second the Italians, what is currently available is too mixed. What we need is solid set of standard Italian infantry in desert gear.
I second the motion (or fourth or fifth it?) for Italian Infantry in North Africa. Especially the late 1940 early 1941 with some pith helmets (like your WWII Italian artillery). Unfortunately there is a scarcity of Italians, only because Italeri dropped the ball and made their figures too big, and thus incompatible. And Waterloo 1815 has a nice set or two for El Alamein, but not many poses.
I really like the 8th Army heavy weapons, and the Indian Infantry/heavy weapons (they will be used in North Africa even though your box art suggested use in Malaya/Singapore?) make up part of my 8th Army XXX Corps.
It is a shame your New Zealanders aren't more geared towards North Africa (given with their large contribution), maybe a set more specific for North Africa (helmets, shorts, etc). Or better yet, just make 6th or 9th Australian for North Africa. I would even encourage a couple poses in the Aussie bush hat (for certain poses, but the bulk of them need to be in helmets, and their shorts tend to be rolled up higher, and of course, their accents are slightly different).
If your argument is there are enough 8th Army sets (though quite a lot of them are Highlanders) then just do the 8th Army Desert artillery with crews (shorts, maybe some shirtless), I don't even care if you include a gun. I can get 25 pdrs and 6 pdrs from Airfix.
Man, we sure are relentless! You can never satisfy us! We always want more! And right now! (but our biological clocks are ticking!)
I have been reluctant to do my hint hint (ie LRDG/SAS) for Italians, and 8th army sets, but delighted other are. Here are some suggestions Engineers , laying and clearing mines was a huge job for all armies in the desert, like the idea of more Anzacs in proper desert attire, summer/winter or night. The nights were cold ,particularly in the winter months often dropping to single figures and close to Zero on occasions. Revell did a couple of good winter/night poses, but there are not many about and they do have a different look to other war zones of the period.
I agree with Alan, some engineers would be awesome since that was such a huge part of their job (both laying them and removing them). We have an ESCI DAK carrying a mine, we have an Airfix 8th Army with a mine detector, an Airfix DAK with a shovel, we have a couple Wat 1815 Italians, one Folgore crawling with a mine and one Italian with a shovel. So, not the same army. A set with mine layers/removers, prodding the ground with bayonets, mine sweepers, guys with picks and shovels, maybe a pneumatic drill, all possibillities.