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Congratulations to Strelets on releasing another huge batch in time for Christmas! It seems there’s a nice mixture of WW2/Naps/WSS. Although of course I’d love to have seen more of the WSS range being released, 4 sets is still a real achievement. Especially when it is considered they’ve already released 4 WSS sets this year plus the 2 last Christmas.
Is this the 2nd or 3rd major batch of releases for the year? I’ve lost track…
I'm like you Graham and Rich. I have to pinch myself; another fourteen new sets FOURTEEN!
That's on the back of 21 new and re-releases back in July and 14 in November 2020. So, we have been able to choose from 20–25 new sets of figures (plus assorted re-stocks; not to mention those still available from the back catalogue) for the past few years. Strelets are leading the way, but are not alone as you note Graham. It is remarkable.
I managed to find 14 boxes that I 'needed' (including multiples), despite 'only' three of those being from the latest batch. Oh dear...
I understand that you are champing at the bit to get hold of the coming early 17th century offerings Flambeau. I'm really keen to get my hands on those Austrian and Dutch cuirassiers. They will be worth the wait (and their weight), I have no doubt—I hope that Strelets produce enough of them!!!
"...the coming early 17th century offerings..."
I did, of course mean early 18th century. Apart from that I am perfectly all right...
(Don't worry, those responsible have been beheaded)
"I understand that you are champing at the bit to get hold of the coming early 17th century offerings Flambeau. I'm really keen to get my hands on those Austrian and Dutch cuirassiers. They will be worth the wait (and their weight), I have no doubt—I hope that Strelets produce enough of them!!!"
Agreed, the Austrian and Dutch cuirassiers will be the most useful of the WoSS cavalry sets yet to be released. The early war French dragoons are of course also very fine, though I do have some doubts regarding the late war version with tricorns. Perhaps if they can be mounted on other horses they might serve as French Line cavalry (Cavalerie Legere).
The WoSS sets are the most interesting for me, but for Strelets releasing a wide range of figures for many periods, that's great. I am just disappointed that two sets announced long ago and long before many of the sets in this release should be postponed again. Having the fruits dangling in front of your nose without being able to reach them is a bit frustrating.
However, as I had already feared for this outcome I managed to get hold of one of those RedBox sets as soon as the rumor about the "wrong" contents was out and before these were replaced, so I do at least have twelve Garde du Corps. :relaxed: And should Strelets fail to release these sets, it will be a collectors item! (Though I'd still mourn the loss of the Musketeers!)
I am missing more the next WSS infantry sets: the austrians and bavarians - and hopefully soon austrians firing+attacking too. I will cheer the older WSS dragoon-sets and the russian napoleonic jaegers in the next delivery batch.
It´s a fact, that the infantry was the main army body. and not quite rare horse guards. So I am missing still some more new infantry sets than cavalry in 2022.
And I think besides all WW2 desert troops some marching WW2-or WW1-sets would been wonderful for many collectors and diorama builders. Marching sets with a great variety of poses like the old Preiser ones which are unfortunatly not any more avaible.
You're of course right, the Elite cavalry was not the main force on any battlefield - they're just very nice to paint and look at :slightly_smiling_face:
The Cuirassiers however were a very important force and they are very difficult to obtain through conversions, while infantry of the period - except for grenadiers - looked very similar (uniform colors aside), so you can use almost any set and paint it as the army/nation you like (My Bavarians, Danes and Dutch are Zvezda GNW Russians).
Where did you get the helmets from? Waterloo 1815 Ironsides?
You're probably right about the hats, at the beginning of the war not all units were wearing the tricorne as we have come to know it. Perhaps Mars Saxon Army set comes closer to the real thing. At the time of Malplaquet however the tricorne was probably fairly common.
As to the uniform proper, with the exception of Hanoverians and Prussians who might have sported turnbacks, the coat was fairly generic (disregarding pocket arrangement), at least judging by contemporary pictures. The haircut might have varied. British troops are usually shown wearing their hair very short.
Wow, those are fabulous conversions Mark.
Great. We have a back-up plan in the unlikely eventuality that 257 Austrian Cuirassiers is not forthcoming; you go into commercial production and take orders!! :grinning:
An amazing part of the early 18th century armies to me is the near equality of foot and horse (sometimes more of the latter), so we 'need' both. I'm not certain whether 260 Austrian Infantry on the March is in the release. It was not in the list from my supplier, but is on Hannants, so I chucked a few on the order, for justin'.
If not, better save up big time for the next release with likely Austrian and Dutch cuirassiers, Austrian and Imperial (nominally Bavarian) infantry, not to mention the German field kitchen and, of course, more Russian Napoleonic infantry that I just know Strelets will be producing! [Plus, goodness knows what other beauties they have planned...]
Oh dear, I am intending to be slowing down the collecting...