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Good idea, though I'd be happy if Strelets - or for that matter any other producer - would do it as Hat did with its Peninsular British Infantry set, 96 figures + 48 spare heads, you can't complain about that. Just checked it and they're still available.
Talking about spare heads, what about heads without shakos or bandaged heads or forage caps?
My thinking is for boxes of spare heads only. No figures.
Idea being you dont have buy a load of figures you may have plenty of already, or simply dont want/need, just to get the spare heads.
Works out expensive too, buying figure sets just for the spare heads. Hence thinking of this idea. So dedicated boxes just for spares would also help keep costs & wastage down.
The Hat Peninsular set is great though as you mention. But this is a case in point, where i could definately use the spare heads, but have more than enough of the figures themselves.
I'm always grateful when a producer includes several different style spare heads in a set. Especially when the heads have a long peg connecting it to the sprew. This way it can be cut close to the sprew and as mentioned, drilling a new hole and just pushing the peg into the shoulders is tight enough. I use isopropil alcohol to lube it so it goes into the hol more easily. When the head is a "snug" fit Swoppet Style there is no need for glue.
I also aprreciate extra heads included in each set because the colour is the same since I don't paint my collection.
I love doing conversions and always swop at least some of the heads, so Roger W's idea is a great one.
I think it is a fantastic idea! I have been meaning to ask if Strelets would consider selling half sets of some of the superb new Napoleonic Russian figures: all the men wearing overcoats and forage caps work very nicely for Crimean war regiments, but I don't really want to buy a box of figures if I can only use half of them. A box of heads with forage caps and spiked helmets would be just the ticket!
Heads with slouch hats would also convert the excellent Boer War British into late war, as well as the obvious ACW opportunities
I would buy bucket loads if they were produced!
Just a great idea.
How about it, Strelets?