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"... 2: Paint more figures than I managed in 2021 so that there is a net percentage reduction of unpainted figures in my 'stash'"
... ouch ... you really hit a mark here ... :face_with_rolling_eyes:
if Strelets can replicate their successes of 2020 and 2021 in these trying times, then that will be a great achievement. Looking forward to the continuation of the WSS range, which just continues to impress. When the British infantry in advance set was released, I never thought they would follow it up with such a vast range made at such an improved standard.
Well if we are doing this again....
British Line & Brunswickers in square, British Hussars standing ready sabres drawn, Dutch/Belgian cavalry, French 1813-1815 Line Infantry in attack etc, French 1815 Young Guard full dress in attack etc, 1813-1815 French Line Dragoons charging/advancing, Line Chasseurs charging/advancing & Prussian Line infantry/Landwehr in attack/firing as well as some Landwehr Cavalry.
French 1808-1812 summer dress line infantry in attack/firing line (fusiliers & flank-not just flank), Russian Dragoons (in attack & standing ready), Russian Cuirassiers standing ready, Russian Hussars advancing with sabres drawn etc, Russian Musketeers & Grenadiers in attack/Firing line & some of the cossack/Bashkir/Tatars.
Some more of the various French "allies" present at Borodino would be good too.
Maybe some specialist sets such as French Infantry trying to get into Hougoumont/La Haye Sainte?
British foot guards/KGL 2nd Light infantry as defenders for them?
Same for the intense fighting that occured around the Great Redoubt at Borodino.
Then theres Napoleonic field hospitals/camps?
But before any of that my main wishes for 2022 are that we all have a healthy & happy year, and hopefully see covid become less of a threat.
Not many wishes here with regard to Napoleonics, my shelves are already full of unpainted figures, but if it is Napoleonics then:
- Brunswick Line and Light infantry firing/loading
- Saxon Garde du Corps remake
- Polish infantry firing line and Polish grenadiers
- Don cossacks
- Command sets for all periods including Line officers and General staff and at least eight drummers per set.
- expand into the 7YW period if possible (Russians, Prussian and Austrian cuirassiers).
- US Line infantry for the War of 1812
- Perhaps some more exotic stuff: Spanish troops for 1806 British invasion of the River Plate. Haitian troops. Sikh and Maratha troops for the respective colonial wars, especially Assaye and Aliwal.
Espero que este año Strelets lance algo sobre la guerra de Cuba y Filipinas,también espero que saquen algún ejército español de la guerra de sucesión española y por último que lancen los conjuntos que están puestos en la lista y un tren de badage de la legión extranjera.
Agree about a remake of the Saxon Garde du Corps as you say Flambeau. Maybe some Saxon Cuirassiers too (Zvezda set is nice but they are rather large for 1/72).
I too have plenty to paint, but I am still happy add to the backlog!!!
In some ways seeing more Napoleonic sets for the battles I mentioned, helps motivate me and also gives a sort of reassurance that I am going to be able to complete a project without too much messing about with conversions.
Funny thing really. Waterloo lasted about four days and the numbers of in particular British troops(and their allies as far as that is concerned) produced in plastic for this period are staggering. During the Napoleonic era, the Brits however spent about six harsh years fighting in Spain and for that period you might see one maybe two decent infantry sets, no artillery, no good cavalry sets(regrettably the one manufacturer who attempted it, failed to deliver), only one mixed Portugese infantry/cazadores set, a few Spanish infantry sets all without cavalry and artillery. It was a secondary warzone for the emperor at the time and apparently it still is. Even the French(Poles, German and other participants) are not even properly represented for that period(too clean, too well dressed, too homogeneous).
Happy New Year,
I have to admit I am not too happy with 2022 it brought me Covid, so far just feeling lousy but on the positive my large order from Rupert at Drum and Flag has arrived. so in a couple of days i will be like a kid on Christmas checking out all my goodies.
My big wish for 2022 has partially been done last year, which is bare flag poles been wanting that for a long time, 2022 would be better if all nations that carried 2 flags had either two unique flag bearers or one pose duplicated.
I also second every Napoleonic set mentioned above
I think the reason why Waterloo has such a fascination for many compared to the Peninsular, is that it directly pitted Wellington against Napoleon. Throw in other personalities like Ney, Picton, Blücher etc. It was also the battle that finally spelled the end of Napoleon.
I like the 100 days campaign and will continue to buy and request sets for it, regardless if sets already exist. I am not someone who says "its already done-so dont need it", as I am someone who believes "more the merrier", not to mention theres a lot of sets out there that are complete rubbish.
However I too would love to see more Peninsular War sets. As you say, we need British light & heavy cavalry for a start, as what got released (after an age of waiting), was poor indeed.
Sorry to hear you have caught covid. Fingers crossed it doesn't affect you too badly.