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Ultra-fresh announcements from Strelets

Announced for Decembre:
set M016 Roman Auxiliaries
set 097 Batavian Cavalry in Roman Service
set 098 Germanic Cavalry
set M015 Foot Military Order Knights
set 093 Turkish Cavalry
set 094 French Cuirassiers in Summer Dress
set 095 Guides of Napoleon
set 096 French Hussars
No pics or previews so far. A lot cavalry again.
Sounds quite good to me!
Ouch, no CW Turks... .


Re: Ultra-fresh announcements from Strelets

Hi Everyone,
It never ceases to amaze me, the output and punctuality
of this small and very fine company.I have this mental
image of 2 sculptors working feverishly in a shed behind
a small home in Kiev,their only source of heat a tiny
wood stove.
Do you guys know how much joy your talents bring to me? Strelets R Team I salute you, keep up the great
work.Excellent...more Napoleonics!!!!

Paul Kosowan

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I must say that I deeply like the Strelets figures but when I be honest I hoped for more for christmas time (which means next year regulary). What about the announced German and Allied Field Camps and Staffs WWII? Why ALWAYS French Napoleonics and NEVER AUSTRIANS?????? For the future I hope for much more interesting items (not summer/winter dress -what about spring and thunderstorm troopers?) because I be a collector in love and I will be happy about the so announced sets but now I miss a bit the special 'christmas surprise feeling' or let me say the 'esprit' in your great production line! Thanks for your attention and all the best! Martin Macalka

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Dear Paul,

thank you for your message.
The picture you've just drawn looks a bit Charles Dickens-like. We can imagine poor Oliver Twist-type boys working for peanuts, exploited by cruel capitalists, i.e. us. We hope that it's not like that at all for our sculptor. At least, he too is a fan of the Romans and Napoleonics and we don'd mind him making some things for his own satisfaction. That partially explains it with the CW Turks, doesn't it?



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Dear Strelets,

Re your sculptor, oppress him some more until he sees the error of his ways and produces some more quality Crimean War sets. No, just joking ... keep up the good work.

Have a great day! Frank

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Hello Strelets,

Looking forward to your new sets especially the Napoleonic sets, are the French Cuirassiers the same as the ones in the Borodino Set? If they are new can I hope they will be done by the same sculptor (your best set).

The Guides of Napoleon I presume these are Aide-de-Camp and the French Hussars will these have the tall cynlindrical shakos?

Finally any news on the into the Valley set? Even I'm wondering what has happened to the CW Turks.

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How many Sets "Napoleonic Figures" are always needed???????????????

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Dear Brian,

no, the cuirassiers will be different to those ones in 084. The images will be posted soon on our web site. The sculptor was the same, so they should be compatible.
The guides aren't the ADCs, rather a separate unit.
The images for the big CW set will come up soon.
ETA for the CW Turks will be announced as soon as any decision will be taken on them.

Best regards,


What does it mean "French Cuirassiers in Summer Dress"

Since we already have winter dress (#089) and "normal" dress (#084), what will those guys wear? Swimsuit?

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What a coincidence - I have just been reading "The Eagle's Conquest" by Simon Scarrow in which he describes the Roman invasion of Britain, and he mentions the Batavian auxiliaries several times. They were specialists at river crossing/water assaults, and were used to assault the British defences at the River Medway and later at the Thamesis (Thames).

We can now reconstruct this battle in 1/72.

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I am happy for the Romans and the Crusader figures.
Roman cavalry is something that I would like to see, especially the Batavians.

The sergeants for the Crusades are great, they are a very good addition for our Lake Peipus project. And the Crusades are something very interesting too. What would you say to make the armies of Byzanz as a round-up?

As for the Napoleonics I am not so sure. The Napoleonic period is my favourite and I am after a lot of sets, that we still don't have on the market.

With Napoleons Guides I guess you mean the Chasseur a Cheval de la Garde. This is ok for me, as the Revell ones have the uniform of 1815 and we need the earlier ones. On the other hand it is a simple conversion of a husar. As for French husars I would support one of the statements before, what we need are late husars with the high shako (I can send you scans if you like).

As for Cuirassiers I know that everybody is after them but why must it always be French Cuirassiers. I would prefer Prussian ones. Maybe the same for the husars, as Martin said Austrians are still missing.

And last but not least, so many new sets and not one for the Crimean war. Don't you want to continue this range?


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Thank you, Strelets! I've been wanting a Germanic army, but the field is lacking in Ancient German Cavalry. The Hat Goths are great, but 4 poses....How am I supposed to make my barbarians look, well, barbaric, with only 4 poses?

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Dear Kvenulf,

if you've got good images of properly barbaric-looking barbarians, it's not too late at this stage to have some copied in this sets.

Best regards,


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Unfortunately, I don't have any images. I'd be surprised if you weren't already looking at these, but my suggestions are:
The Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome, by Phil Barker
Rome's Enemies: Germanics and Dacians, osprey book
I'm afraid that's all I've got, and I assume you are already looking at those. Thanks for requesting input; that always impresses a customer.

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Hi Strelets , what century or time period are we talking about? ie 1st-2nd century


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Dear Uwe,

we are glad to hear from you now that you've become a father.
Byzantyne sets are highly unlikely at the moment. We don't see a market for them.
Cuirassiers set will be with the charging poses as some of the readers have suggested some time ago once we released the Borodino set. Range of the Prussian cavalry may be an opportunity for us to explore in 2008.
The Crimean line will be continued, the announcements will follow as soon as decisions will be made.

Best regards,


You really are a great and customer friendly company !

The best company, really listening to customers and even congratulating them :)



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There's a great book "The Barbarians - Warriors and Wars of the Dark Ages" by Tim Newark(published by Bladford Press) which contains colour plates of Goth, Sarmatian, Alan, Avar and Gallo-Roman cavalry.

What is a Barbarian?

Thank you Strelets for your wishes. Everbody told me that everything will change when you are a father. Well, I still have 2 hours left every day for the hobby

Regarding Barbarians - what is a Barbarian? A Germanic warrior, an Estonian in the 12th century, European forces against the Boxers? Depends on the point of view.

In case you need plates of a specific warrior-class please let me know and I will send you the scans. There are a lot of differences in the "tribes".

And BTW, I am hoping for 2008 when there is money left after buying your new stuff!!!


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Oh, good, Mr. Wild has some scans of good germanic warriors.
I, of course, meant that I wanted my germanic cavalry to look irregular with an assortment of arms, armour, etc. Also, since my wife is an anthropologist, I enjoy using words like "barbarian" and "savage", just because it annoys her.
Congrats on the baby! But how in the world do you manage 2 hours a day for hobbies? I haven't had 2 hours a day for the last two and a half years (i.e., since mine was born)?

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Hi Kvenful,

my boy is such a sunshine that he sleeps the whole day which gives me enough time in my holidays

But I can assure you, the nights are terrible but I can imagine you know this.

For what period do you want to use your Germanic savages? A spear was the most used weapon. What I can't understand are all the plastic and metal figures showing my grand-grand-fathers naked. The sculptors should come and see the weather in Germany...


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I'm thinking 1st BC to maybe as late as 2nd AD. Yeah, spears and javelins, of course. A couple of swords, probably of celtic or roman manufacture, but no more than that! Mostly, I'm tired of naked savages and fur-clad cavemen; the first was probably reasonably common in the foot, the second is just ludicrous. The Romans do mention naked germans and fur-clad germans, but, from what little I know of dress, they may have been referring to fur-lined capes! Armour would have been pretty rare; chieftains only sort of thing, with "knights" wearing an occasional helmet and most sticking to just a shield. Suevian knots and probably other, less well known hair styles would be nice. But Strelets has made a speciality of many poses- that's the most important thing to me!

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Many congratulations to you and your wife on the arrival of the "little modeller".
Having been soaked and frozen on many's a military exercise in Germany, I appreciate your sentiments about your ancestors' dress!

Naked, I say!

Hi, Uwe,
I'm not sure I should comment on your naked great-great etc grandfathers but I could tell you stories about my Auntie Maggie, a notorious naturist.
As for naked German warriors, why not?
The Celts would strip off to show their contempt for the enemy.
And as for being oblivious to the cold, Tierra del Feugans & Tasmanian aborigines both would brave Antarctic conditions clad in little or nothing.
I think we're just softies today & don't appreciate our hardy forebears.

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all the populations who pretended to be more civilised than the others called the foreigners barbarians.

I remember the ancient greeks started to call all the foreigners barbarians because they did not understand their languages (so the sound for the greeks was a kind of barr barr barr....). The Romans for example were barbarians for the Greeks and the Greeks were considered a sort of decadent people to the Republican Romans('Graecia capta ferum victorem coepit et artes intulit agresti Latio')

Celts and Germans were 'barbarians' to the Romans.

Well, I think it is too much semplicistic to name 'barbarian' a population that you don't know.

I think we should study them a little bit more...

But in the meanwhile as a modeller and a Roman descendent enemy I will buy the ancient naked Germans because they are 'naif', full of freedom and I like them.

Salus et honor vobiscum sit.


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Very surprised that you don't see a market for Byzantines - it's one of the most popular armies and with Hat making noises about producing them then I think they would increase in popularity. Question is whether early or late? Hat are going early and I reckon Strelets could get in on the act with the appropriate cavalry as this seems to be becoming a real strength of yours. Am I wrong to think Byzantines would be popular? What do other people say.

PS Bit belated but many congratulations Uwe.


Les bataves sont en train d'arriver....

Crusades era Byzantines

I believe crusades era (roughly 1000-1300)Byzantines would be a big seller. I constantly see people decrying the lack of these troops. They would also tie in great with Strelets other new crusades sets.

A mini-set of ground troops (spearmen), another mini-set of archers and a set of heavy cavalry to complete the line.

Strelets Turcopoles, Turks, Normans and Vikings (Vangarian Guard) are already there for the large mercenary presence in the Byzantine Empire.

Anyone else agree with me?

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Agreed, Juba.
Byzantines seem to be the most obvious gap in figure lines now.
I'd agree with your Crusade-era Byzantines but I think Early Dark Ages Byzantines would be a "must" also.

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Absolutely!! Byzantines for the Crusades to complete Strelets range and Hat should produce early Byzantines as enemies for their Gotic warriors. Belisar etc.

1000 years of history can't be covered in just a few sets.

Thanks guys for the wishes!


Strelets test crash dummies

Okay dudes, I look upon these here lost world arabic figures as being test crash dummies for producing the CW Turkish Infantry.

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Juba, Juba, Juba!

Right you are. Let's not forget Strelets's Russian warriors, which can also be used as Byzantine mercenaries.

Of course I also agree with Uwe, that we'd need early Byzantine troops as well, with a command set including Generals Belisarius, John and Narses, Emperor Justinian and his spouse Theodora. Prokopius, the historian. Cethegus and Boethius, the Roman traitors. A Byzantine imperial court with officials, scribes, Orthodox priests, body guards, dancers, musicians and slaves. Also, I'd like a civilian set to depict the cultural and ethnic diversity of Constantinople before it was sacked by the Seldjuks. Greek merchants, Armenian fishermen, a Jewish Rabbi, Venetian sailors, a Galatian family...

Also a set with Germanic, Persian and Hunnish leaders wouldn't hurt - for hopefully all those sets will follow. The Hunnish General Bessas would be nice, so would be King Geiserich for the Vandals, Totila/Baduila, Theoderich, Hildebrand etc. for the Goths.

But I can certainly wait, even a few years if needed. I'm already thrilled about Strelets' current output.