As HAT mentioned in a previous thread (link), it seems it is up to us to now influence this great Era where not a lot of great figures are filling the gap.
So with your constructive help, I am willing to animate this discussion/project and help HAT to create what could be the ultimate product for AWI taking everything in considerations such as nothing can be represented such a variety of uniforms and units but approaching the 80% solution. My personal interest and passion for this era are to see them released ASAP and not to wait another 10 years. For your information, these masters were made in 2011 and I thought these would come in 2012-2013!
Dear Hat, before all of us go into well-animated discussions and proposals, are the masters attached still existing or do we have to start from scratch?
Thank you for your quick reply on that matters.
Based on this, I envision to have dedicated threads dealing with the following sub-topics/ titles:
AWI - ARTILLERY AWI - CAVALRY + LEGIONS AWI - BRITISH ELITES AWI - AMERICAN MILITIA AWI - BRITISH REGULARS + COMMAND AWI - AMERICAN REGULARS + COMMAND
Other important nations and topics will occur in due time but let's focus on the main actors to start with, shall we?
Thank you in advance for the support and great conversation to come. Cheers. CPN
As mentioned in previous threads, I am very enthused by this project. The masters look great and it would be a huge waste for these not to be turned into sets. As my biggest wish of French Indian War sets will probably never happen, this is my next biggest interest.
it seems HAT webmaster is on leave so let's crack on and assume the masters are still existing.
great points: - very comprehensive coverage of the multitude of "uniforms" - everyone has a bayonet (if you don't want it, simply cut it / easier than to add it ) - artillery is great - cavalry should cover most of the units.
Points to add and secure: 1/ as a lot of you rightly pointed out, additional heads will be key to ensure this will become the ultimate 1/72 AWI sets. So round hats, cocked hats, round hat with the left side up light caps and even some Tarleton helmets for all the sets should be great. Just do one separate spue of heads and add it to every box. And it will fit both Americans and British alike. 2/ add a fifer to the American command. if something Italeri Us Continental achieved this is by providing a fairly accurate representation of the command of an AWI American company with Officers + spontoon, 1 drummer, 1 fifer. 3/ I would have dedicated sets for UK lights infantry an not only 3 poses as this infantry likes the grenadiers was particularly involved and every fight. Besides the "light bob" looks became also the type of uniforms wore even for center companies. 4/ Artillery: try to add a couple of gunner. as other contributors in another thread, I think your artillery sets should now mature to get a firing team and a loading/aiming team. This could be achieved by multi arms concepts like the PERRY miniatures brothers did for their ACW artillery set which I think is great.
THe AWI period is a favourite of mine since it involves the British in what I consider their most elegant uniforms following the 1768 regulations. I already have many of the Revell and Imex British Infantry and so would like any new sculpts to be in scale with those, rather than compatible with Hat´s 26mm SYW Prussians (Hessians and Brunswickers). The two Artillery crews which can work for either nation will be welcome, hopefully with a true size piece and not the small pop guns of the Imex sets. Here I would suggest the British 5.5 Inch Howitzer since that was used right through the AWI and Napoleonic Wars periods and to date has not been represented in plastic. As to the cavary sets, the Americans both Mounted and on Foot, I have already done by conversions but am always willing to add new recruits if they are size compatible. For my American Dragoons I used the Revell SYW Austrians for Bodies with Airfix French Cuirassier Heads mounted on the Airfix Cuirassier Horses with the French Saddle. The Dismounted Dragoons were done by Head swops between Esci Cuirassiers and Revell American Militia. The British Grenadies will be most welcome since although few sculps if they are compatible with the ACTA figures at least that adds to their four figures.
If these come to fruition maybe in the not to distant future we can expect a decent set of French Infantry and "Hope of Hopes" Spanish in their Jockey Caps.