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I have been checking out various preview/review pictures while waiting for my chance to see the figures in Strelets' most recent release directly. This whets my appetite and makes me keen to see them for real.

I am still considering that perhaps I should have ordered half a dozen or more of the 'German States' Cuirassiers in Skirmish', rather than just two, simply to have sufficient versions of that magnificent drummer to make a band!!

I also particularly enjoy the images of the Bavarian officer, with a ring hand to hold a sword. The one on plastic soldier review makes him look like he is saying, "One false move and the duck gets it!"

Have a grand weekend one and all.

Best wishes and thoughts to those who are not afforded the simple pleasure of such aimless ponderings.


Re: Previews...Waterloo weekend, WSS cuirassiers, and related thoughts....

Thanks for the weekend good wishes James. 'Waterloo' weekend after all, so as I always do I dug out some of my books on the Hundred Days campaign and re-read/read familiar (and some less familiar) accounts of the battles of 16-18th June; one of the truly pivotal points in European history.

On the subject of WSS Cuirassiers: well, we are spoilt for choice here, and I only wish that Strelets had decided to create three general Line cavalry regiments for use by the French, Bavarians, Dutch etc etc of the period, and to the high standard of the three recent cuirassier sets.

But so far as the cuirassiers are concerned, they are splendid sculpts, a little on the big size it has to be said, but with fine detailing and good historical accuracy - even though the helmet was probably not worn by any of the combatants with armoured cavalry after c. 1704.

My own thoughts on these sets, and in particular the figures with firearms ie: most of the Bavarian set, and all of the German States set, is to see if they would be suitable - with a fair bit of trimming with the modelling knife - for a much earlier period of European warfare. I am thinking in fact of whether they would be suitable as Thirty Years War cavalry.

I'd be interested to hear if you and/or other Forum members see similar potential for these figures??

Re: Previews

James - the older I get, the more I am busied by ‘aimless pondering’. That’s not a bad thing as I just stay up later to finish my work…..then sleep late.
Plastic Soldier Review (PSW) posted their review over the weekend of the WSS Dutch Cuirassiers…….always a treat from them with their in-depth analysis. They presented the mystery of the one horse without a valise on the back of the saddle - or two considering two sprues. At first I thought it was to go to the officer, but then the box art shows that sterling and fantastic figure - one of the best imo - with a valise. So, who gets to ride the horses without the valise. How’s that for an aimless pondering? They also noted one rider without a scabbard and I just had to pull my out of the box to check. Yep, missing. But not a show stopper by any means. PSW guessed it was a mold issue and that is my guess too. Might have broken off in the molding process Strelets and the master is still in the mold. If it is you can dig it out, vent and Viola! hopefully.
Message to Strelets - my best wishes to all there, and keep them coming as best you can. I recently purchased the UNIFORMOLOGY copy of The Army of the Blue King (Bavaria) so I am ready for the Bavarian line infantry any time now - but I shall remain patient.