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Christmas seems to have come early!!:santa:
I have just taken delivery of a box full of new Strelets sets, an early Christmas present if you like, and delivered by the Royal Mail service here in the UK in a timely and 'wise' fashion (ie: they now sign for packages whereas us customers used to do so in pre-Covid times).
The bulk of the new arrivals are War of Spanish Succession cavalry, and very nice they are too. The French Dragoon sets look fine, with the dragoons themselves displaying nice, crisp detail. I am particularly taken with the fine sculpting and overall look of the French Late War dragoons - which will, in my case, be simply converted to become French Line Cavalry. The British Late War Regiment of Horse sets are a little 'flashy', a slight disappointment, but very nice figures indeed once cleaned up with a sharp fine-bladed modelling knife. The trooper smoking his pipe, a great sculpt, seems to have lost his pipe-stem in the mould on the main sprue...so Strelets have kindly added a single duplicate figure so that I now have a 'smoker' and a 'non-smoker' in each box !! This figure has so much character that I feel that it will be the first one I tackle once I set to work on these great new figures early in January.
I also ordered a couple of boxes of the Russian Jaegers in Summer Uniform, and I am impressed by these; they will make a formidable 'skirmish line'. Very nice indeed! More Russian infantry in this style will be very welcome in 2022, please.
Finally, I have one box each of the WW2 Italian Infantry in defence and the Obice da 75/18 howitzer and crew. Again, both sets look very good. I very much like the sculpting and overall quality of the Infantry set, and I look forward to Strelets producing more Italian infantry/Bersaglieri sets in a similar style in 2022. Just, fewer sub machine guns and more rifles, please. And maybe further Italian artillery in this style, perhaps a set with Breda 20mm AA/AT guns; and of course a heavy weapons set with mortars and Solothurn anti-tank rifles??
All in all, an excellent bulk buy of some great new sets.
Thank You Strelets, and Best Seasonal Wishes to all there and on this Forum!!:christmas_tree: :christmas_tree: :christmas_tree:
Mine came today as well . I always collect all strelets sets some multiples of . But I shall keep mine to open on Christmas day not long to wait. Merry Christmas everyone
Yeah, well congratulations ... :sob: No sign of the new Strelets sets here on the Continent, not even in Poland. Probably the WSS Brits got all recruited for service at home and the Frenchmen are all prisoners of war ... Guess we're back in the early 70s when an order from the UK got stuck in customs for weeks ... Please Strelets do us poor folks over here a favour and get another distributor in continental Europe ...
Mine too arrived today, all the WWII sets, first impressions are all positive, I cannot make my mind up on what ones to paint first.
Looking forward to some great WW2 Contributions next year Alan:+1:
Our new sets reached France.
Please, be guided accordingly.
thanks, alas too late for Xmas :cry: ... and yes, I must confess I'm part of the greedy bunch who once again envy our British and American friends who have the privilege of unboxing your nice sets under the Christmas tree ... :smirk:
I too had my order of some boxes of Strelets Highlander Firing Line come today.
1st impressions are they are very good, certainly far better than the earlier British Firing Line set.
Some of the heads do seem a little small. Nothing deal breaking though.
When comparing them to other highlander figures, they match nicely with the existing Strelets highlanders in attack, Italeri Highlanders (1st set) & the old Airfix set.
When matching them up to the Waterloo1815 set however, they are a bit shorter.
Muskets look much better with bayonets fixed, detail is clear & no flash whatsoever.
A really nice set.
After Christmas I will see about snapping up some of the Russian Jagers, couldn't stretch to it this time.
Merry Christmas to everyone. Stay safe in these troubling times.
A Merry Christmas to you too, Roger. Maybe 2022 will bring those much-needed Brunswickers in square!!