Sunday, July 8, 2018

Strelets-R CSA Infantry On The March - Posted

     Strelets-R has moved into the US Civil War in a big way having recently released nine different boxes of figures in the "semi-hard" plastic that is becoming the standard in 1/72 (20mm) scale.

     Here we see the Confederate Infantry Marching set. The front box art is a weird montage of Photoshopped re-enactors that provides decent ideas for uniform colors and is suggestive of what is contained in the box. The back of the box is far more helpful as it clearly presents the contents with photographs of the miniatures contained within. The boxes are flimsy but, as the figures inside are flexible, there is no real risk of damage.

back of the box

contents, one command sprue and three identical sprues of troops

the Command sprue, five useful figures and one
 (profoundly useless)Muscovite Guardsman

the figures are cleanly cast and well detailed

the details are deeply enough cut to make painting easier

the figures are well proportioned and there are none of the "throw-away" 
poses sometimes seen in 1/72 soft plastic issues

the back of the same, again the detail is well cast and deep enough to make painting a breeze,
 for myself I would change only two thing;, first the cast-on flag would be replaced with a bit of wire and a  printed flag, second the enormous pipe that the officer is smoking would be converted into a sword

the infantry sprue side A, you get three of these but each one has fourteen distinctly different figures on it (and thankfully no time-warping Russians), they are posed similarly enough that they will not look odd in a group as they are all marching resolutely forward

the are a delightfully well-bearded bunch with an interesting mix of uniforms and equipment, as is appropriate for the CSA with each state being responsible for providing the uniforms and arms

infantry sprue side B, you can see the different way each soldier carries his kit 
the figures are correctly lean, this was an army that marched almost every mile of every campaign

the way that the figures are posed shows them as almost "in-step" 
these will look great painted and ranked up close in a diorama or on a wargaming base

another close-up showing details, 
note the differences in the kit of each soldier, 
period photographs show that soldiers were quite relaxed about uniform regulations

     These are very good figures in a scale that is useful to both the modeller and wargamer. They are well-cast and properly representative of troops of the period. I particularly like the fact that Strelets-R has grouped all of the marching poses into one box as opposed to the smattering of poses that other manufacturers provide, this provides both the diorama-modeller and wargamer with the ability to build a consistent looking unit without having to buy several boxes of figures and use only a few figures from each. They are a bargain (even with the one throw-away Muscovite figure). If you are getting into wargaming or building a Civil War diorama these are an excellent choice.

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