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Hello everyone! Hope all is well. I recently bought Strelets “Thin Red Line” Crimean War set. When unpacking it I noticed something strange. Rather than getting a set of Strelets’ Crimean War British Highlanders, there was instead a set of Napoleonic High Landers. Upon first glance it looked like the the set of firing line Highlanders. But after checking to confirm it on plastic soldier review, and the Strelets website it is not. I have never seen this set of highlanders ever. It is in the same style as all the other Napoleonic highlanders and almost all the poses are firing or reloading. There is even command figures and casualties. I am absolutely at a loss as to what set this is or where it came from. Any in sight would be appreciated.
I believe Strelets made a new set of Crimean Highlanders for the restock of the Thin Red Line set because the original set was no longer available, as per this announcement:
The new figures do look a bit Napoleonic:
Thank you Graeme. That answers my question entirely. After reading that old forum post I wish that Strelets would've followed through with the idea of redoing all the old Crimean Infantry sets.
It would be great if the Crimean figures were updated. Perhaps when things go back to normal in the real Crimea.
I know some may not agree with me, but I quite like the original Crimean War sets, especially the infantry sets. To me, the all different poses give them a unique character and flavor, and many of the poses themselves were energetic and made the whole set feel more realistic in a way (i.e. the Cossack holding a knife in his mouth, the Zouave jumping over a log, or the Russian tearing at his shirt). The more recent Strelets sets are definitely much improved in their sculpting and I have loads of those, and if Strelets was to redo their whole Crimean line one day I would definitely see the logic of it. But for me, the original sets will always have a special charm all their own.
I am with you Colin. The Crimean figures are really beaut and the format of each figure being an individual provides a heap of interesting and unique poses.
I have several boxes of them to use backwards to Napoleonics (uhlans and Cossacks) and forwards to American Civil War (Zouaves, French infantry (Union chasseurs) and French artillery(Union artillery) as well as Russo-Ottoman War 1877 (Cossacks, uhlans, foot Cossacks/sailors, Sardinians (Romanian chasseurs)).
I also agree with you Colin, except in regards to the Russian and British line infantry. I love the foot Cossacks and sailors, and I think the Scots are beautiful as well. In fact the pose of the one Highlander shaking his fist is in my opinion the best 1/72 scale soldier ever made. I even think the Russian Grenadiers are ok. The British and Russian line infantry sets though just seem really clunky and the poses are a bit unatural looking.
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If it would be possible, i like to buy just this new highlanders....
Because i dont need the rest of the big set... :wink:
Neither do I. Yet I checked and I understood they are different from those of #279 set…
Mi dispiache per mi "Americano" italiano, ma credo che il set sia disponibile a questi link ebay:
Buona fortuna e ciao!
These figures were meant to replace the old Strelets Crimean Highlanders as the mould for them had worn out (I think).
Problem was, the sculptor (who I have mentioned problems with in the past), did not pay attention to the topic involved. The bonnet is totally incorrect. The Crimean one was a much more fuller, larger bonnet, as shown on the older figures. Instead one more like that of the earlier Napoleonic period was done.
They also are of a much slender sculpt, which is fine if the entire range is being updated, but doesnt really look right when comparing to the other figures in the Crimean range. They are much chunkier in appearance.
Next issue is if they are more Napoleonic in appearance, could they be used for that timeframe instead?
Nope!! They are incorrect for that era too.
They have sporrans sculpted on, Napoleonic Highlanders did not wear sporrans. So unless you want to go to town on them with a scalpel to remove the sporran, (and thus create a flatspot on the front of the kilt), they are not suitable.
So they are a complete mixup of eras which thus doesnt represent the Highlanders for either conflict. This mess was unforgivable when you consider the box art to the old set and the older figures themselves showed how they should of looked. They were Strelets own figures!!!! They didnt have to go far to look if they weren't sure about the uniform!!!
Either way they are incorrect for Crimea & seeing as we have a much better Strelets set for Napoleonic Highlanders in a firing line, they are practically worthless in my opinion.