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On a broader theme I was wondering about the viability of HaT producing sets along the lines of the old Zvezda format i. e. 3 sprues of "rank and file" figures and one "command" sprue with officer, musicians, standard, radio operator in modern sets and so forth.
I'm guessing that it is just too expensive in that you're effectively producing two sets, but would people prefer to buy in this format, particularly for 20th century armies, or always have separate command sets?
I agree its a good way other than separate sets,officer,sergeant,radio operator,medicalx2,mp,ammo or supply carrier x2,mechanic or cook or reading or on bike,or playing cards,a fat guy
Yes it was magnificent format of old Zvezda - 3 normal and 1 command sprue.
Unfortunatelly with MAC format - is a problem what to do with 3rd and 4th same command figures.
don't forget to add a 'berserker" figure either a Brit standing with a cradled Lewis gun or a US with a 30cal air cooled firing from the hip... need to include the dramatic last stand figure!
In my opinion, it's better to have four similar sprues. For wargames, there are so many variations in the rules that some may require more and some may require fewer command figures. For example, when I base WW2 figures for Command Decision, I include three infantry figures per stand -- that represents a platoon. (And yes, I do realize that the CD standard is 2 per stand, but I started this way decades ago and there you have it!)
This means that for a standard British or German or US battalion, I need 3 x 3 x 3 = 27 or 3 x 3 x 4 = 36 infantry figures and only one officer and one radio for the battalion command. So I'd rather have the flexibility of deciding how many grunts or Tommies I'm going to buy versus being forced to pay for lots of extra command and support figures each time I buy a box.
Those Indiana Jones trucks are great!