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I agree with all of you!!
British late war infantry (especially in winter uniforms), heavy weapons and 14th (Burmah) army, are highly neglected and it is a pity.
These gaps and the huge gap of ww2 Chinese army, must be filled and strelets is the one (and probably the only) who could make it in the right way!!!
I heard MARS is going to make WWII Brits. But as for 14th Army, isn't that what Ultima Ratio's Chindits, Airfix's Gurkhas, and Strelets' Indians for?
Given the hobby has always had such a strong customer base in the U. K. I feel it ironical what has been produced as British troops.
Look at the early Airfix sets. ACW Grenadiers, all hunchbacked. Waterloo Infantry, odd poses. WW1 Infantry, wrong webbing. WW2 Infantry, skin-tight trousers. Paratroopers, dreadful all round. Commando Set Version 1, oh dear. Infantry Combat Group, what are these kids meant to represent? In Roger's post there are further unhonorable mentions from more recent times.
Still, I have a soft sport for those sets because I grew up with them. That said, I agree there is a market for a good set of WW2 British Infantry, starting with a full set of 1940 BEF. Regards, Pa
It would seem our wishes for a set of Brit heavy weapons is about to be partially met by PSC as they have announced on Facebook they have a set for the western desert in the works. They look like a good start, but there are plenty of other Brit sets that would be welcomed.
Will I ever see any full sets (Zvezda 4 man sets nice but very limited) of BEF ?
Before anyone mentioned the Hat BEF set its a case of 'action not words' or rather no action for a very long time!!!!
As for the PSC sets are the figures in house or licenced and what size are they? The lastest imported Ultracast figures have not impressed Plastic soldier review. Look for yourself.
Time that the BEF along with the 'forgotten army' are no longer forgotten!
PS Australians in the right scale rather than the Revell and Matchbox midgets (if we are still allowed to use the phrase?) would also be welcome.
I agree that the BEF really do need to be tackled along with some better Australians.
As for another companys planned BEF set, I think the best course of action for someone who wants to build their army, would be to plan on the assumption that the other companys BEF set won't see the light of day, so lobbying someone like Strelets to make them instead would be a better move.
If the other company's set does appear, & its of good quality......take it as an added bonus!
may we congratulate you with your birthday and wish you many years and figure sets to come.
Happy Birthday to you!
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"I don't recall them making any British sets for any period?"
Not Second World War, but Mars do make a lovely set of 1/32 Napoleonic British Infantry (albeit flank cos) and 1/32. I have all of their Second World War figs., in 1/32, and like them a lot. They have made Americans recently, so perhaps British are on the way?
As ever Strelets' replies to questions are direct and helpful. The above response to you sounds most promising.
There is also a dearth of British/Commonwealth/Dominion infantry for the First World War. The Hat Canadians are probably the best of those available, but are currently out of production with no indication of a re-release. Even if such an event occurs after their coming release (whenever that happens), it clearly won't be until well into 2022 (at best). Regardless, there is scope for an improved/different set of these important troops.
Hopefully Strelets will add some British/Commonwealth/Dominion Great War types to their rapid and top-quality production line—action sets like the recent French/Polish and also a behind the lines one like the French and German one (in prep.) would be just beaut.
hope your right james there was talk of a gallipoli set not happened yet we live in hope i would like to see royal marines 1914 or scots 1914 with glengarrys or bonnets or any commonwealth early war sets aussies in slouch hats or kiwis in lemon squeezers
Some idea`s 3in mortar full crew , 4 in mortar full crew , Bren prone firing with a number two spare magazine in hand. As the war progressed British troops got more automatic weapons for the most part that meant stens in one mark or another. Commando`s used Thompsons, but also Vickers k guns adapted for the infantry role. The Turtle helmet was increasingly in use and the MK 4 lee Enfield rifle was almost exclusive in use as the rifle for commonwealth forces in NWE. Bayonets were fixed when advancing and contact with the enemy expected . Brits often as today carried a lot of kit and ammo in combat, Vickers medium machine guns had a three man crew , they had to carry the gun, ammo, and water as well as personal kit, this cannot be done by one man ...as one or two resent sets would suggest. The list of potential sets is mind boggling for the subject, infantry advancing, in close combat, medical, engineers, heavy weapons mortars , HW machine guns etc etc.
It seems Mars is going to produce some.
See bennos forum link below:
I am really looking forward. Usually it takes about 4 months.