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I would definitely support such a project. Good French infantry figures in the later uniform are surprisingly hard to come by - the HaT figures are often hard to find and lack command figures, and most of the various competitors suffer from accuracy errors, less-than-great sculpting or absurdly expensive prices. The only issues I have with the HaT set are 1. I wish there were an action set as well, and 2. I'd much rather they were wearing overalls rather than parade breeches and gaiters.
The main point I would disagree with is the claim that separate command sets are commercially unviable. Personally I've bought more copies of the SYW Prussian command sets than I have of either the marching or action sets (and I have hundreds of SYW Prussians). My infantry units typically have 30-40 soldiers, two each drummers, foot officers and NCOs, 1-2 standard bears and one mounted officer. Any extras are converted to serve either with my artillery units or with other armies that lack dedicated command sets. And I'm left with plenty of spare mounted officers, which is always handy for forming a proper general staff for my army.
It's also my impression that the Napoleonic mounted officer set and the British command set sold out fairly quickly, and command sets so seem to be proposed for the SYW and ACW sets, so I suspect command sets may be more popular than you think.
I'd be very interested to hear HaT's view on this matter.
why not just do 1 sprue with 1 command set and crowdfund with folks in the crowd fund ordering mulitple sets (say min 4 per order) so that folks can riq out regiments and battalions without the extra figs.. i'd be in for about 12 sets of 1 sprue. If the crowdfunding pays it off offer a boxed set down the road with 4 sets of batt/reg command figure... there just ain't never enough standard bearers! lol!
I would be supportive of a dedicated command set, or a command/infantry mixed set.
There is a definite lac of higher command so if the crowdfunded command set could include a mounted officer of some description - an ADC uniform would be really valuable - then that would be extra valuable.
I by a lot of the various command sets when they are available -even the disastrous Italeri sets, but more so the W1815 set, the Italeri French set, the wonderful Zvezda se, and the HaT mounted officers set. In fact, I want another box of mounted officers - Bavarians, 1806 Prussians, Saxons, more Russians, French, British etc.
I use a lot of command stands, and having the al the same is dull, so I buy lot of boxes, and metal/resin as well.
Crowdfunding could be a way forward, although I appreciate it would take longer as the set would need to be designed, sculpted and then moulded.
I agree. Command set for 1815 is really need. As pre 1813 action set.
There are few sets without officers [HATs, ACtA, etc]
I'd vote with my wallet for the full set of French in greatcoats.
When it was announced in 1/72 I foolishly assumed it was to be the full set - including what is probably the best officer figure ever made.
The five sprue marching was probably a short-cut, but it is sad. Somehow I really doubt the rest will be made. Which is a shame, as I wanted them as elites for my "French young guard" (or as most of us seem to use them, French line infantry).. So I will have to continue to headswap shako heads onto Revell old guard.
Come on HaeT - make the rest of that set please...