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And the quality of the masters is great!
Set 056 Excellent quality and full of character.
A nice mixture and back views this time -we are honoured. The poses are great though the Boers were not keen on close quarter fighting with knives.
Some of the figures would be good for the first Anglo Boer war ( 1881- Laings Nek and Majuba) when they had some muzzle loaders (old timers, burghers preferred them) and the Westley Richards which looked a lot like a muzzle loader. There were also battles against the Zulus, Ndebele and others in the period of the figures 1881-1902
The Strelets approach is ideal for this kind of formation when you want as much individuality as possible.
Many of these figures could be used for USA and Canada, Australia of the same period. Dutch settlers in Indonesia? Andreas.
The Bengal Lancers should be for the NW Frontier or the Boxer rising or WWI. The 2nd AB War is 1899-1902 and the only vaguely Indian horse regiments I can account for are Lumsdens Horse and the Ceylon Mounted infantry.
The heads of the Bengal lancers should be useful for converting some 8th army to indian imfantry for world war two.
I hope the Bengal Lancer set has one or two officers wearing the Wolsely Pith Helmet. Just like they did in the 1935 Gary Cooper Movie "THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER." Then they could be used also for conversions for the Kitchener Sudan Officers and also up to WWI British Desert Troops.
If not, then I will use some British Lancer Officers to lead my Bengal Lancers into the heat of another famous battle.
The British officers usually wore the turban though it depended on the the regiment. Most photos ( eg Skinners Horse 1st Bengal lancers) have them with turbans though these are usually studio/parade shots.
The Afridis were pretty good shots at long range and bagging an officer or two was a good start to a battle. It would make good sense not to stick out like the proverbial sore thumb in the NW frontier.
There were about 19 Bengal Lancer regiments alas none in South Africa 1899-1902. The Boer War demonstrated a lot of political sensitivities not evident in other colonial wars. Black Africans, Coloureds and Indians (a lot in S Africa- of course Gandhi was one of them at that time) were usually employed in a non-combat role or as scouts (blacks and coloureds) by both. sides.
Thanks for the heads-up. I appreciate the accuracy of your information. Even the cover-box for my "Bengal Lancer" video has a studio shot of "The Coop" wearing a turbon.
I'm still hoping against hope, though, that there will be one or two of the Wolsely Helmets because I am not aware of any in existance in our scale yet, and I would like to buy tons of boxes to use for all sorts of conversions.
Or maybe we will all be surprised as the S*R Team expands it's WWI range to include the N. Africa British Infantry kitted with these!
As always, thanks again!
If anybody attempts them they will have to be careful. A very difficult shape to get right. Invaluable also for WWI and early WWII. Many troops in Burma in WWII had them for parades and general issue but preferred the bush hat like the Aussies. My father in law used his Wolseley or pith for everything but its intended use.
In the UK we have Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on cable and the old Coop films figure regularly but not the one you mentioned.
please make also couple of children they to figth agaist brits also some captured boers