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 Union Infantry In Attack. The front box art as a nicely done painting of Union troops in the final stages of an attack upon an enemy position, it provides good 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.
Again Strelets-R has chosen to confine the type of figures presented to one theme, this is an idea that I am fully supportive of and is rarely seen in this scale. The troops are all depicted with lowered arms and fixed bayonets and in poses of men determined to close with the enemy. None are running but the sculptor has positioned each figure with a long purposeful stride and slightly out of step with the others. Looking at them you get the feeling that they are in a hurry. The only complaint is that all of the soldiers wear the long frock coat, there are no sculpts of the commonly worn sack-coat, or fancy shell jacket, which limits variety somewhat.
This kit was kindly provided for review by Michigan Toy Soldier Shop and is available to purchase either in their store or through their website
box with contents,
one sprue of Command, three of infantry
Command sprue, side A
there are five casualty figures that can be used to provide detail in a diorama
or to use as status markers for a wargame unit
Command sprue, side B
Strelets have sculpted the flag-bearer in such a way that it is an easy thing to
cut away the cast-on flag and replace it with a wire staff and a paper or cloth flag
the dynamic pose of the officer about to draw his sword is excellent
infantry sprue, side A
infantry sprue, side B
minor variations in height and build combined
with the non-standard way the troops wear their kit lends to the sense of realism
the depth of sculpting and well-defined detail will make these figures easy to paint
This is an excellent set that will well serve both the wargamer or diorama builder. It depicts troops in the last moments before impact with the enemy in a realistic manner. Highly recommended.