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totally agree about getting stocks of sets into UK thanks to Brexit (i voted to remain in EU) and Covid from outside UK, but over past year i bought figures and terrain pieces from Spain all arrived safely in just over a week
hoping the long awaited WSS sets French Dragoons etc get here in time for Xmas so i can spend my wife's cash in getting them!!!
you all stay safe out there
cheers Old John
Yes I too have ordered some figures from mainland Europe this year with no issues either.
Sorry guys, but what seems obvious to me is the EU are hell bent on trying to make Brexit fail, and therefore the UK to fail, particularly guilty are France, I stopped buying French made goods a while ago as my small protest . The whole lot could not be trusted when we were in the EU now there is no pretence. They are toy soldiers, great before or after Christmas I for one don`t mind .
Can we please leave politics for the big bad world Our stuff will arrive and we will all add our stuff to our piles of shame. lets keep our battles for the war games table, Santa is coming soon and we dont want to be on the naughty step or Santa wont be good to us.
P.S Santa can i get lots of the highlanders I have been very good this year.
I have to say that I'm very disappointed in your polemic attitude towards your fellow Europeans. I was under the impression that you were a true Englishman, but I see you refer to our forebears who fought in North Africa as GUYS: How un-British of you! Those chaps don't like being referred to, in that way. I feel you must have been indoctrinated, by the bigoted press, into really believing that Britain is a democracy and not the Plutocracy that it is.
Clearly you have not read George Orwell's - 'Why I write'
My small protest, is to not send you the ACW cannon that I have just made.
being english i have spent a lot of time in belgium at the battlefields around ypres and others and have a great respect for the people of europe belgiums dutch and so on. i have no interest in politics as anyone who has been to these places who sees these cemeteries are full of european people and not the politicians who started these wars. so cant wait till the pandemic is over so can travel again to meet old friends and new in europe
Clarity : I am very much pro Europe and the Union , however I am not pro being dictated too, and am a reluctant leaver, but leave we must because that is what our democracy voted for, and the right to self govern . Now a good working mutually respectful working relationship should not be too hard to achieve. But it is proving to be the case. Now here is not the place for the details to be discussed ,and I absolutely respect the views of others on this subject. But for the foreseeable there will be no French wine and cheese in our house .
Ah you are trying to frame me with the moderator and the readers as someone previously banned? Well I am not that one. Try another diversion…🤣
Why don’t you take back your negative remarks about the French, you started this yourself …
And yes, running away from a still challenging but hugely important project about making Europe strong is cowardice indeed .
Please, stop the fruitless debate which became only destructive and rude. Dutch uncle, you aren´t the person which Alan Buckingham is thinking. And Alan Buckingham, please stop your accusations which are offending still more participants of the forum than only Dutch uncle.
OK Sansovino, I can stand down, thanks!
The consequences of the B-thing were entirely predictable, IMHO, including the current fuss-making by nationalist populists on both sides of the Channel. Sadly, expect the same if/when the people of Scotland leave the Union.
All I know is that weeks after I heard certain figures were on sale in their domestic market, they have still not arrived at Hannants in the UK.
The causes of this may be various. I would lay money on the fact that, in this, as in most things, the B-thing will not be helping, but otherwise I would not like to speculate on the reasons for it.
As I see it, these figures are coming out faster than I could paint them and my bank manager prefers reasonable gaps in releases. Further, I'm not by nature someone who gets impatient over hobby releases, provided I've no reason to expect they will not ultimately arrive (the HaT Peninsular Cavalry took what seemed like decades to appear, but I did not complain and now I have them and am happy).
So, they'll come when they come, and the trick is not to miss them when they do!
I'm not going to get involved in the political minefield surrounding Brexit. My decision taken in that referendum is between me & the ballot paper!! Just like any other vote!
However, I don't think Brexit is the big bad wolf for all of the trade & supply issues of late.
Sure, the amount of new red tape between the UK & EU probably doesn't help in terms of trade back & forth across the English Channel, but I don't think it is 100% to blame. As others have said before, people have still been able to order items here in the UK from mainland Europe with little to no problems, & still within a decent dispatch time. I am still seeing plenty of European produce on the supermarket shelves. Only yesterday I was enjoying a nice glass of Portuguese red!!!!!
No, there is a global issue concerning transport/shipping containers & backlogs at ports. Recently there was a story on the news about a number of cargo/container ships all moored up off the U.S coast waiting to get into port, due to it being backlogged.
Last time I checked, the U.S is not part of the UK, Europe or a member of the EU!! So other problems exist.
Then of course we have had the prolonged global shutdowns Covid caused. All that stock that was ordered in by shops, businesses etc, yet spent a very long time sat in ports, with the containers holding it all unable to be reused. It will of put everything behind schedule. Then of course shipping companys are probably also playing catch-up from when the Suez canal was being blocked for a while too.
All this with covid still very much on the scene, causing local lockdowns in various nations even now.
I know some carpenters, builders etc who have struggled getting hold of various wood here in the UK. "Brexit??" I have asked. The answer..."nope".
A lot of the sustainably grown & sourced wood we use apparently comes from the Scandanavian region. (Various pines etc.)
According to those along the supply chain, weather/climate of recent times has affected the yield of wood they have been able to produce.....thus meaning supply has struggled to meet demand.
So the problems faced is part of a much bigger global picture, & a multi-faceted one at that.
Boys, calm you down please. It doesn´t make any sense to open a politcal debate on delivery problems. It´s not the place and the time for it – and absolutly not on bravenet.
No accusations, no insults und also not any censorship from a non-moderator. Let us continue to talk and dream on new troops and topics of miniature-production. We share really more ....
Peace on earth!
well said San Sarvino
All I want for Christmas is my new Highlanders and a happy place where we all avoid real world issues.
I am sure this is all our little happy place where we can relax and chat about how we all keep being spoiled by Strelets with all the new sets coming out.
Well said Sansovino & Allan.
Lets keep it civil.
Fact is the EU is a divisive topic both sides of the English channel, & so will only cause argument on this forum.
All I would say is I would refrain from taking issue with a nation as a whole on this subject.
The fact is there are many people in France that are just as pro or anti EU as here in Britain. Same goes for all over Europe.
I have met Belgians & Germans who are anti-EU. Yet I have met British who are pro-EU!!!
So lets leave the political aspects out of the thread.
Lets not take offence at an entire nation for the actions & posturing that comes out of our leaders, be it Johnson, Macron or whoever.
I personally have enough of a headache thinking about potentially needing to paint more tartan!!!
As a Scot I am ashamed to say my tartan painting skills are appalling on the plus side i probably have enough highlander sets to conquer the world If I was to ever think of taking over the world.
stay safe and happy everyone.
Brilliant Allan! Wonderful humour to bring us back on topic. A few more on the way too, eh?
Thirteen? Goodness me Strelets you do spoil us so. Wonderful to see those Confederates getting a second run. I 'drank my fill' when they first came out, so hopefully contributed to the need for more?!
I think that I'll be 'down for' six sets, from what I guess of the list. 'Cept multiples of those early 18thC Austrian cuirassiers (plus Dutch to be used as same), Austrian/Imperial (nominally Bavarian) infantry and perhaps one or two from the 'back catalogue'.
I will confess that I will purchase many more highlanders you can never know when you might need them. Hopefully their will be more than the two highlander sets for us in favor of the Napoleonic stuff. perhaps some sneaky Russian jagers hiding in the bushes.
Hopefully Strelets will spoil us in 2022 with guns and limbers for all our armies as well as some allied cavalry.
Just the other day I was thinking that we were all getting along so well on this forum, offering tips to each other, referring to references and historic facts and all of a sudden we are getting into politics! The world is a bit of a mess at the moment with Covid, Climate issues, Wars and shortages and delivery issues but we have shown that this site can be a positive friendly place where we chat about our plastic friends. Let's keep it civil and just about the figures.
Our good friends at Strelets have been keeping us happy with a constant supply of great subject matter. So Please don't let us argue about Politics ... let us focus on the figures and wonderful new miniatures yet to come. Possibly some Vichy troops to go with the desert themes of recent ?
C'est très amusants de lire tous ces commentaires.
En Grande-Bretagne, il y a des soucis dans le transport, la distribution les approvisionnements, mais ce n'est pas de la faute du gouvernement, c'est de la faute des Français et des Européens qui veulent faire capoter le BREXIT.
En France, nous avons des problèmes structurels. Mais ce n'est pas la faute du gouvernement, c'est de la faute du COVID 19 et des Chinois, qui minent notre travail.
En Algérie, ils ont une situation économique délabrée. Mais ce n'est pas de la faute du gouvernement, c'est de la faute des Marocains et du colonialisme français.
Aux Etats-Unis, les coupables ce sont les Russes et les Chinois s'ils ont eus des milliers de morts. . . . ..
Je suis Français. Et je me sens de moins en moins concernés par tous ces arguments débités par les journaux pour excuser les mauvaises décisions prises par nos gouvernants, (en aurai-je pris des meilleures??? Sûrement pas!). Mais au moins soyons lucides, n'accusons pas d'autres nations de nos propres maux.
Français, Anglais, Ecossais, Allemands, Italiens, Espagnols, Hollandais, Belges, Russes, Polonais, Ukrainiens, . . . . . . . . .et toutes les nations que je ne peux citer ici (ce serait trop long), nous n'existons tel que nous sommes, que grâce aux autres. Et même si je préfère certaines nations par apport aux autres (bêtement) je vous aime tous. :kissing_heart:
And this for those allergic to foreign languages. Even if the translation doesn't fully reflect my positive thinking
It's a lot of fun to read all these reviews.
In Britain, there are problems in transport, distribution and supplies, but it is not the government's fault, it is the fault of the French and Europeans who want to derail BREXIT.
In France, we have structural problems. But it's not the government's fault, it's the fault of COVID-19 and the Chinese, who are undermining our work.
In Algeria, they have a dilapidated economic situation. But it's not the government's fault, it's the fault of Moroccans and French colonialism.
In the United States, the culprits are the Russians and the Chinese if they have had thousands of deaths. . . .
I am French. And I feel less and less concerned by all these arguments made by the newspapers to excuse the bad decisions taken by our rulers, (will I have taken better ones??? Surely not!). But at least let us be clear-sighted, let us not accuse other nations of our own ills.
English, Dutch, English, Italian, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, . . And all the nations that I cannot mention here (that would be too long), we exist as we are, only thanks to others. And even if I prefer some nations by contribution to others (stupidly) I love you all. :kissing_heart:
Not the the place for politics lets talk about the best way to paint kilts for 1/72 scale.
Good idea Steve!! And nicely put Zouave!!
Unfortunately depending on the regiment, the tartan was different patterns!!
I try and do a base green, followed by a sort of dark blue for various deep blue patches that appear in the pattern, followed by whatever lines occur in whatever colour. Its a nightmare!!
The easiest pattern to do I have found is the government standard pattern for the 42nd. The hardest is definitely the 79th!!
Thankfully there were only 3 kilted highland regiments at Waterloo!
When it comes to infantry, I just look forward to "in square" sets of British & Brunswickers to get away from all this tartan!!
Not to mention French advancing up the hill or attacking the farms!!
Then of course we need more of the Prussians fighting hard around Plancenoit!
Thus no tartan is required!!!
Alas, however, I will have at least 2 boxes of highland firing line & 1 in square set on a shopping list soon!! Time to retire the Airfix highlanders I have mixed in here and there!!
would give me nightmares the kilts am lucky with the great war scots as they wear kilt aprons.so only have to do back but if lazy london scottish hodden grey is the best bet
I find Citadel's Contrast paints give me the illusion of a kilt pattern from a distance. Application of one coat on top of white primer is all I need. All done and dusted quickly
Reminds me of the apprentice on the building site who was sent to buy some striped paint
I'm just wondering which sets will make up the expected 13?
... a surprise might be nice, say.... something for the Gallipoli campaign?
Oh dear. I agree, we should cease skating on thin ice. I will just explain that I had no wish to prolong matters; I only mentioned the B-thing just to pick up on someone else's post, and move, or try to move, the topic onto delay/impatience an eventual wish fulfilment in this glorious hobby!
But things do tend to get a bit out of hand. I particularly loved the guy (who gets my Vicar of Bray of the week award, BTW) who then made a long post about the B-thing, then congratulated a couple of others for saying we shouldn't post about politics/the B-thing, and then went on to post, at least twice, about the B-thing! Bravo on a masterly use of bandwidth there!
All of which merely goes to show that that these are deep waters, and it is as well not to speculate over who may fish in them! What I would add, however, is I don't think anyone has actually fallen out in this topic. Yes, a frisson of danger has been sensed as we approached a dangerous corner at unwonted speed, but it all remained civilised, and the car stayed on the road. Go us!
So, back to topic, Christmas, New Year, or Spring, with hobby releases I am content to await them whenever they come, and I think that Strelets has already given us an awful lot in a little time. I remain impressed by the speed and volume of their releases. A huge boost to the hobby by a single manufacturer, for which I think we are all grateful.
""But things do tend to get a bit out of hand. I particularly loved the guy (who gets my Vicar of Bray of the week award, BTW) who then made a long post about the B-thing, then congratulated a couple of others for saying we shouldn't post about politics/the B-thing, and then went on to post, at least twice, about the B-thing! Bravo on a masterly use of bandwidth there!""
Not sure who you are refering to, but for my part, I too did not want to "fan the flames". So I never once said if I was pro or anti "B-thing".
My post after yours merely tried to move the topic along, from the focus of being about said "b-thing", to it being a supply disruption which was a global issue, even citing climate trouble within a certain sector & of course covid still affecting us. We are living in strange times these days.
I did congratulate people on trying to take the heat out of the situation. I finished with making a point saying there were those that were pro or anti in many nations in Europe, so thus perhaps then not a good idea to single out an entire nation as a whole....say.....France for example, & thus not attract the ire of others, causing tempers to flare. That was my only reason for mentioning the topic again.
I was trying to diffuse things, using a calm, neutral & balanced approach to the discussion. Being diplomatic is far better than to have an itchy trigger finger is it not?!! If it came across as someone trying to be a "Vicar of Bray" character, that was not the intention. I certainly had no position that I was desperately hanging on to, unlike the character in that story!!!!
By the way, with what has happened in this thread, it may be better to not mention "waters" & "fish"!!!!! 😉😂😂
Fair enough. I wasn't trying to be for or against either, and, like you, was trying to move things along and away. We, and I think here of the UK and Europe, face a lot of challenges, some unforeseen, such as the as the pandemic. Changes such as the B-thing can add a layer of complexity and difficulty, though occasionally they can streamline a solution. But these issues have so many moving parts, it's ultimately hard to judge effect and almost impossible to construct a sensible counter-factual scenario for comparison. What am I saying? Well, apart from supporting the consensus that no good can come of debating such inappropriate matters, I doubt any reliable conclusions can be reached about the effect of something one may, or may not, support!