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Re: German infantry in gas masks

Hes just showing off. Look at his posture, the weight of the gun is such he can't brace that when it kicks or hold in on target comfortablt to snap off single shots.

Stormtroopers in October!

Looking forward to these figures coming out. I, personally, like slightly theatrical, action packed figures, like soldiers holding machine guns in a Rambo pose, even if it is a little unrealistic. I just noticed that the Stormtroopers are due out in October!!! Excellent news! One of the things that I like best about Strelets figures is the campaign feel of the figures. They look like they are in battle not on parade!

Re: Stormtroopers in October!

They're amomg the best Strelets have ever done. Look forward to the British and French.

Re: Stormtroopers in October!

they look superb and I'll definitely buy a box or two.
the only thing i don't like are the laying down pose. realistic yes, but i like my wargame chaps to stand boldly.

Re: Stormtroopers in October!

I agree with that Bignorm. In real wars everyone with any sense lies down, but in wargames they look better standing. I always think lying figures are a bit of a waste

Re: Stormtroopers in October!

"Stand up, Guards!" (Wellington, 1815)

It depends on the circumstances. Until the late 19th century, with a few exceptions, armies usually fought in the open, standing up. The costliness of this tactic increased with the advent of repeating rifles and improved artillery, from the South African Wars onwards. At Spion Kop, for example, firing prone was the only way to have a chance of surviving. Once trench warfare caught on men didn't lie down in trenches, but in 1914 and, especially, 1918 lying prone became more common because of the type of warfare, using temporary cover to a much greater extent. Most European armies were issued with entrenching tools, for digging temporary 'scrapes', in the first decade of the 20th century. In North Africa in WWII lying prone became very common because of the lack of natural cover and the difficulty of digging trenches. Post-WWII it has, again, depended on the terrain.

But I would agree that up to about the FPW prone figures are pretty unrepresentative.

Re: Stormtroopers in October!

The only use I get out of the prone figures is weapons crew and casualties.