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Hmm, I was pretty good using a razorblade for conversions when I was twelve ... well maybe fourteen :slightly_smiling_face: and I really didn't care much about historical accuracy when I was younger (I wouldn't have bought a single Airfix French artillery set if I had ...) and I actually did use Airfix British AWI Grenadiers as French Old Guard and the Roman Fort as a Hougoumont subsitute ... so don't worry too much about the kids, Roger, they'll probably buy GW or Perry minis anyway (I'd have done it for sure had they been available back then ... well, depending on the price). But I can sympathize with the somewhat exasperated feelings of anybody with Napoleonics the centre of the collection.
I too was able to use more "adult" tools as a kid. To start with under supervision, and then on my own. These days however, I doubt many parents would allow it. Many wouldnt even see the sense in model making now, let alone help!!!
Either way, leaving the historical accuracy stuff aside, there are still many reasons why a set of figures needs to be correct, straight out of the box. Those of us who are more capable with mods/conversions can do whatever we need to do. But there are potential customers out there, young and even old, who just are not capable and such mistakes as we are seeing, will affect whether they buy a set or not. Some of us thoroughly enjoy performing "Dr Frankenstein" acts on our figures, but some out there just want to be able to start painting. We need to remember these other people within the hobby, when simply suggesting a set can be modified like it is an easy thing to every single customer out there.
I am one, like a good few on here, who can indeed modify figures, but even so, that doesnt mean I want to be doing it just for the sake of it. Doubt I am the only one either. Me and I am sure others would rather save such work for the many units not yet (or ever) available in plastic, which if we want them, we have to get creative.
Yes I think if I wanted more Crimean highlanders, I would look for any boxes of the older set.
The uniform issues (bonnet etc) to me are a bigger error than the facial hair, although big beards and moustaches were obviously part of the times then, so at least a good few of the figures should have it. I might be wrong but I think there were some poses in the older set who had just a moustache instead of a full beard.
Thinking about it, if any of you have any of the older Strelets Crimean Highlanders unpainted and still on their sprues with their box, that you dont want obviously, you might make a good profit on ebay soon!!!
Isn't it odd how facial hair defines an era? From the 1690s until the 1830s no self respecting English gentleman would have been seen dead with a beard or a moustache. Soldiers had to be clean shaven, unlike their French opponents who encouraged moustaches in elite units such as Grenadiers and Hussars (although interestingly moustaches were banned in the Horse Grenadiers of the Guard).
Beards became fashionable in the Victorian era. In the 1880s beards went out but everyone had a moustache. Moustaches got smaller in the 20th Century until John F Kennedy and Prince Philip made them unfashionable. The Napoleonic Royal Navy did not allow beards, but as with the Army the Victorian Navy allowed beards but when the Army banned beards in the 1880s the Navy continues to this day to allow them. Strangely, moustaches are not allowed in the Navy. The RAF allowed moustaches not beards until, controversially, this was changed a couple of years ago.
Thats very true, and it is indeed interesting how the different parts of the armed forces apply regulations on it over time.
I would say as well as facial hair/hairstyles, even uniforms of the past have had been influenced by fashion of the time. WSS a case in point... those curly wigs and big coats were all part of civilian society of the time.
Then you have modern military units having some form of camo pattern. The styles used between the nations is quite interesting with the various patterns used. Of course as time goes by, these camo patterns too are subject to change.
But I suppose all fashion changes over time, or makes a comeback later. I have seen some teenagers (& a few adults!) recently sporting hairstyles last seen in the 80s!!!
Not sure why everyone is in a lather over these - they are obviously Napoleonic highlanders in a firing line, and are fully accurate as such. I think the "Thin Red Line" reference is just some misdirection from Strelets.