Easy Company

I always appreciate the opportunity to paint troops in poses which aren’t depicting combat. The dramatic choreography of such in-battle poses is all well and good, but they can have a certain sense of the melodramatic about them. For the majority of soldiers, the old adage that ‘war is long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror’ applied.

Figure manufacturers naturally tend to focus overwhelmingly on those ‘terror’ moments – the combat which is the purpose of wargaming – and avoid the mundane. Recently however, Ukrainian manufacturer Strelets have been releasing a series of boxes featuring 1/72 scale Napoleonic infantry who are in non-combat poses, being either ‘on the march’, ‘standing shoulder arms’, ‘standing to attention’ or ‘standing at ease’.

Strelets are producing a range of these figures including (at present) Napoleonic French Line infantry and Old Guard, Austrians, Highlanders, Prussian infantry and Landwehr, but it is the British Line Infantry Standing at Ease which I’ve selected as my foray into this series.

Thank you, kind assistant!

The figures are typical of what is becoming familiar as the ‘new-style’ of Strelets sculpting; more realistically and delicately sculpted, taller and more slender. The detail consequently is a little less crisp and clear than before which presents, I think, more of a challenge to paint than the nice chunky details of yore.

So it’s taken some time and care to pick out all that intricate detail on the plastic to produce these guys: men of the 37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot. Still on the painting table are a couple of their officers.

My source for their uniform has been a Richard Simkin image from the book “Uniforms of the British Army: The Infantry” edited by WY Carmen which features some of Simkin’s illustrations of the 37th Foot. The regiment has yellow facings with white turnbacks on the coat.

Incidentally, the Hampshire Regiment museum is in Winchester, one of a number of great regimental museums in the town and well worth a visit, something I did myself a few years ago.

Although there are a few campaign figures I’m painting I have managed to include some non-commissioned officers including two pioneer sergeants and another sergeant carrying a spontoon.

The plan is to stand them all together on a single base once all their command figures are done. Better get thinking in a little more detail about that…

8 thoughts on “Easy Company

    1. Thanks, mate. I think Strelets are becoming really strong in their field, the sculpting is getting very strong and they are prolific with all the new sets being released.

  1. Really well painted mate ,and I have said before a real Strelets fan now .you are so right about having figures doing more than just fighting and Strelets have really got into this in a big way as you say ,if it weren’t for them there is no way I could have done the Corunna retreat Dio using any other mobs figures .

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  2. Thanks mate ,it was one I have always wanted to do this one and as happens in life sometimes all things just fall into place e.g. the timing of the release of each of the sets, perfect . The next one I’m planning is again using just Strelets figures again, but this time they are all older sets and I am having to do a lot of conversions to get the variation I always desire , this has shown me how much variation in sizes, height and chunkiness , there are between the older sets .

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  3. Yes, I think that was one of the main criticisms of Strelets before, that their figures were so different in scale and style to others which made it difficult to put them together with figures from different manufacturers.

    Looking forward to seeing your new project come to fruition!

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