Sunday, 27 April 2014

ANF Figure Review (4)— Strelets Set M088–M090 Caesar Army Before Battle, in Battle I and in Defence

Our recent little run of ancients games has encouraged me to be 'distracted' into collecting and painting some Caesarian Romans. I decided to focus on figures from the Strelets range for these troops.

As regular readers of our blog will know, I really like Strelets figures. The slightly 'chunky' style, the 'animation' and the range of poses are all aspects that attract me to this manufacturer's range. These features make them 
great for my version of the base coat-black wash-dry brush style of painting.

As the photos below attest, I'm not gonna win any paining prizes in a hurry, but they are definitely serviceable on the tabletop. The large, unit bases in Impetus let you take advantage of the range of poses in these sets to make an interesting array of troops.

I have mainly used figures from Set M089 Caesar Army in Battle I and Set M090 Caesar Army in Defence in the four Impetus units of Caesarian Romans that I have painted so far. I added a figure from Set M088 Caesar Army Before Battle as a centurion in three of them and figures from HaT Set 8075 Imperial Roman Command in two of them.

Our friends at the Plastic Soldier Review gave these three Strelets sets an average score of 7.8, 7.2 and 8 for Set M089, M090 and M089 respectively.

As usual with our mini-reviews, I'll finish with a few photos show the figures 'in action' in some recent games.

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9 comments:

  1. I happen to like these and feel plastic soldier is a bit harsh with the scores to be honest

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  2. If I'm not mistaken there are some Minifigs ancients in there...(three guys in a group in the second to last photo)

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    1. Dunno mate, all barbarians look alike to me!! hehe
      (Yeah, the true 25 mm figures blend really well with 1/72nd, as you know)

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  3. Not a plastics guy, but these look just fine, if not better! Now, back to painting Chariots!

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    1. If you were, I reckon that you'd like them Peter.
      More Egyptians, you beauty!!!

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  4. These look pretty cool to me.

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    1. Thanks John. Like most of what Strelets produces, they are fun to paint and really come 'alive'. Plenty of interesting detail to bring out.

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  5. I really liked Strelets personalities sets but I'm not keen on their horses. I second the black undercoat technique for getting units done quickly but I've had to go back to white as I can't get the right stuff in black anymore :-(

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