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The idea about making WWI subjects in gas masks first came to us long ago when we saw Fujimi WWII German Infantry in gas masks. Now it's close to being realised in some scope. One can never be sure what will sell well before you try, that's why despite no requests about Austro-Hungarians were ever made we still decided to make this more obscure subject. Actually we thought about Scots as well, so that still can be an option in future. Possibly this period is not that glamorous as some other ones but by doing these sets we can pay our tribute to those who fought in it. Russian army faced apart from Germans and Austro-Hungarians several other nations and we hopefully will eventually depict all of them even if they weren't that well promoted by Hollywood or other movie makers.
Strelets, I am looking forward to seeing these new sets; I think they are great ideas for figures. And it is very nice to see that the British have not been forgotten again.
I wonder if there might be some extra heads in the sets so they can be used to convert some of the older sets made by other manufacturers?
And, finally, are the WW1 Cavalry sets on schedule for their October 2010 release?
British WWI cavalry is on schedule, we believe these are the sets that you're mainly expecting from us?
Extra heads for swapping won't make sence as our heads are much bigger then other manufacturers' ones.
Please be guided accordingly.
thanks for the swift answer. It's a pity that there're no further plans for RCW, a lot of sets could be done for this conflict though imho.
Otoh it's good to hear that you're considering more WWI sets ("eastern front" units seem highly possible)!
Do I possibly see Polish Legion cavalry, Romanian light infantry, Turkish infantry or Bulgarian cavalry + infantry appear on the horizon?
not sure about Polish Legion, after all it was just a limited unit, whereas say, Romanian army isn't represented at all, Bulgarians aren't there either (though we have some doubts whether it makes sence to do them as they were so similar in their appearance to Russians), no Eastern front Turks or decent Serbs who also played important role in the conflict.
These are the possible areas that we might concentrate our efforts on.
Great ideas for the WWI sets, including Romanians and Serbs. Actually, I think you could make Bulgarians that are different from Russians with their distinctive footwear, and perhaps a few with German helmets for the late war period and some German or Austrian heavy weapons. There would definitely be a demand and appreciation for them. Also, while the Polish legion would be a pretty limited set for WWI, it would be useful for the Polish-Soviet War that would complement your ACW Red Army sets.
WWI Serbs and Romanians would be fantastic!
I was hoping the gas masks would be made in silicone rubber so they could be peeled off to reveal gasping heads of Tommies, Ivans, Fritzs etc underneath. Drat.
Seriously though, good news. How about one or two who were a bit slow putting their respirators on. I agree with comments about other WWI sets and add they are on the whole a bit sanitised. Airfix over a 1000 years ago had some wounded and dead poses in their WWI sets.
Seeing some distressed soldiers who put on their masks a bit late would be very appropriate I think....I'd definitely buy such a set.
Hi.The Belgian are dis figs coming!?
Very good idea to follow up the WW1 trend . particularly appreciate the production of Austrian minis still not sufficiently represented . I'm thinking at their involvment in the Italian Front. Hat Austran infantry with ankle gaiters and classical backpack also for "action poses"(soon discarted) could be used only for 1914 East front and same thing for their, theorically, very useful Strelets one in coat..as they are all depicted without helmet and above also with those useless (for late period) gaiters and not with the generally used puttees. So i think that late type Austrians with gas mask and i suppose modern equipment and Mgs should sport those required puttees ecc..also by simple head swapping (German helmets, fezzes or field caps)they could easily be used as generic late type infantry, mountain infantry and also Bosnians.
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Oh yes!! More Turks!!!
What we need are a decent set of Romanians, as well as a decent range for Africa. This would include the European Forces, their Native allies, a pack of native porters and maybe tribesmen. Unfortunately not all this subjects might be broad enough to receive a devoted box so they might be most suited to a Strelets type box not a mini one. This would allow a broader representation of the forces and might not create a situation manufacturers do of having a whole kind of soldier relegated to 2 or 3 poses in a set. it would also help show the irregularity these forces often possessed being cut off from supply lines from Europe and sometimes even the rest of Africa.
What do you think?