July 18, 2013 By:

Strelets Normans (M001)

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A nice set this one, the style is classic Strelets but the sculpting  is really very good., good proportions and poses,  clear details and vitually no Flash at all. They are made of  slightly hard plastic which always makes removing any Flash much easier and    as always,   I recommend using a razor blade, (which needs cutting to a point to enable you to get in all the small Corners) to remove any Flash.

4 sprues of 12 figs in different poses which makes 48 figures in a box. 4 figures on each sprue have ring Hands to take the weapons (which are attched to the sprue) which means that with a bit of swopping of weapons more variety can be added without any conversion. Simple conversions would be to simply replace some of the attached weapons with spears axes  or swords, which given the Forward facing poses be no problem even for a begginner. Simply remove the attached weapon flush with the Hand, use a needle to create a hole, a larger needle to expand the hole into a ring Hand and add weapon.

Historically, they represent the period well and as the styles of dress,weapons were pretty generic across Europe at the time they can be recruited into a Norman army,and mixed with the HaT El Cid  they create a really good shield wall,

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All twelve poses together ..

Some of the shields have embossed Patterns on them. Normally this would annoy me, I don´t like embossed Patterns on shields, surcoats etc, but in this case they are quite good, especially the Dragon ones. To avoid repeat designs along the shield line the embossed Patterns can be easily removed with a scalpel / razorblade. Two of the shields Need attaching but this is not a Problem, no glue being neccessary as they fit firmly onto the pegs.

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The figures are dressed in  a  range of styles, chainmail, padded surcoats and leather surcoats with studs.

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As I have siad, they  mix very well alongside the El Cid Figures from HaT and if you add a couple of the Strelets Normans on the march figures as commanders you can  create a really good looking shield wall.

This set and all the Strelets range can be found in Ebay trough our utility here.

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