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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2016 9:27 p.m. PST

The Strelets company have made a commitment to producing ACW figures in 1/72 plastic.


Before any groans, this company has improved greatly in the past years & sneak previews of the product look very good.

WarWizard24 Nov 2016 2:40 a.m. PST

There new Napoleonic Polish infantry sculpts are EXCELLENT.

Hope their ACW is as well done.

Personal logo Milhouse Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2016 4:57 a.m. PST

I'm very hopeful

ConfederateSwede24 Nov 2016 5:30 a.m. PST

The previews

Box art for Pickett's charge set 1.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2016 5:44 a.m. PST

Very nice figures. I really like the dismounted cavalry.


Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2016 5:51 a.m. PST

I just noticed the Blakeslee quickloader case on the dismounted cavalry. Very cool and it's neat the sculptor even knew such a thing existed, but it was really late war. I don't believe they were issued until sometime in 1865.


Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2016 5:52 a.m. PST

I suppose these are too large to mix with Blue Moon 18mm. Does anyone know?


Jeigheff24 Nov 2016 6:13 a.m. PST

Say, those are really good!

ConfederateSwede24 Nov 2016 7:47 a.m. PST

spread the word and make sure enough people buy these sets so more figures from this time period can be produced!

Hobhood424 Nov 2016 8:23 a.m. PST

Damn, just finished buying all my ACW stuff in 28mm plastic.

ConfederateSwede24 Nov 2016 8:59 a.m. PST

@Hobhood4 just sell them and start over with 1/72 😎 but I know the feeling, I just bought loads of ACW metal figures in 20mm, and now cheaper and better figures will be released…

jowady24 Nov 2016 1:53 p.m. PST

Some of the poses just look odd, the standing firing cavalryman for example looks as though he's braced to fire a submachine gun rather than a Civil War carbine. I'll stick with my 15s and 28s.

jowady24 Nov 2016 3:52 p.m. PST

The pose for "right shoulder shift" is wrong as well, the firing lock should be parallel to the shoulder, that's a modern "right shoulder arms" position.

bobspruster24 Nov 2016 6:51 p.m. PST

These are LONG overdue. About time someone did some decent ACW figs in 1/72nd. I only hope the cav is a set of it's own and not mixed in with the infantry.

ConfederateSwede25 Nov 2016 2:33 a.m. PST

I think it's great that so many companies realize that we need many figures in the same or similiar poses, like marching or standing still. Hopefully the old approach with mixed poses are gone..

Personal logo Milhouse Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2016 12:07 p.m. PST

Need artillery !! And limbers and caissons . Are you reading this, Hat!?!

ConfederateSwede25 Nov 2016 12:26 p.m. PST

plenty of limbers and caissons are available from 20mm metal ranges like RSM95, though we need more gunner poses…

Personal logo Milhouse Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2016 4:36 a.m. PST

But theyre kind of weak as are the gun carriages ConfederateSwede. I actually think there are lots of good crewman from Accuarate/Imex. It's the equipment that's inadequate .

Btw I have a ton of RSM figs. Great range. Wish they did more.

ConfederateSwede26 Nov 2016 5:09 a.m. PST

Saw nothing wrong with their limbers and caissons, I got plenty of them, they're the best of any metal range I think. Yeah the RSM figs are truly great.

The crew from Accuate were great, but the size was wrong, they were huge compared to other makers, and only four poses.

The Imex sets had only 4-5 poses, size was litle better, but why so many infantry poses..I think we need more variety.

Lucius26 Nov 2016 6:27 a.m. PST

I really like the anatomy of these guys. Thin and rangy looks a lot more like the guys in most ACW photos.

ConfederateSwede26 Nov 2016 2:21 p.m. PST

Behold! New image of figures from the "Pickett's Charge" set 1! This is looking good! This must be some of the best ACW figures in plastic yet!

Personal logo Milhouse Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2016 8:10 p.m. PST

Yeah , they look tremendous. Very encouraging .

To be be fair the RSM limbers and caissons are ok. Horses are pretty basic though . The field piece tubes could be a lot better. They're napoleonic artillery is actually pretty decent.

And don't get me wrong , if Strelets did a nice artillery set with their usual variety of poses , you'd have no complaint from me! :)

ConfederateSwede27 Nov 2016 2:20 a.m. PST

Sadly there seems to be no plans yet for artillery or cavalry, but if the infantry sells well who knows.

These new infantry almost look like downsized Perry-quality 28mm figures!

I think Musket Miniatures had great limbers and cannons but they were a bit small for 1/72..

Personal logo Milhouse Supporting Member of TMP29 Nov 2016 5:05 p.m. PST

Absolutely agree on musket miniatures. More like 18mm . Which is a shame given how nice they are

ConfederateSwede29 Nov 2016 10:23 p.m. PST

Especially since they had parrot guns, something RSM lacks..

Retiarius903 Dec 2016 10:30 a.m. PST

Nice figures, good proportions

AICUSV04 Dec 2016 9:10 p.m. PST

Nice looking figures, but the shoulder carry of the figures does not match any of the drill position I know of. Also the dismounts have their carbine slings on backward, the buckle was worn on the back.

ConfederateSwede05 Dec 2016 1:38 a.m. PST

ConfederateSwede25 Dec 2016 9:41 a.m. PST

Strelets have showcased som of their new ACW figures, including some command figures. They will release 5(!) ACW sets in May 2017. Great news and these look good, any doubts should be erased by now.

huron725 Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2016 11:13 a.m. PST

Wow, these look really nice.

PrussianMonty25 Dec 2016 2:44 p.m. PST

Any information on figure numbers in a box and price? Have been thinking about ACW for quite a while and was going to go with 20mm metal but these guys look well suited for me.

ConfederateSwede25 Dec 2016 3:41 p.m. PST

If they continue with same numbers as before maybe 40 figs each box, but I'm guessing "Pickett's charge" box might have more…Prices maybe £7.00 GBP-10GBP a box.

ConfederateSwede12 Jan 2017 3:56 a.m. PST

Masters for the US Cavalry at Gettysburg now up

Marc at work20 Jan 2017 8:34 a.m. PST


Personal logo Milhouse Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2017 2:50 p.m. PST

Another set of US Infantry mentioned on the Strelets site .

ConfederateSwede24 Jan 2017 1:18 a.m. PST

HäT is apparently also planning two ACW sets, marching and command, you can vote for them here and look at the masters:

The more the merrier right? HäT also seem to have AWI sets in the pipeline.

ConfederateSwede25 Jan 2017 3:05 a.m. PST

Please go in and vote ACW sets are in the lead but not by much…

number429 Jan 2017 7:01 p.m. PST

<Nice looking figures, but the shoulder carry of the figures does not match any of the drill position I know of. Also the dismounts have their carbine slings on backward, the buckle was worn on the back.>

Given the subject of this set is "Pickett's Charge" then the figures are acceptable, considering that the command 'Route Step – March' viz.

"At the command march repeated by the captain the two ranks will step off together the rear rank will take in marching by shortening a few steps a distance of one pace twenty eight inches from the rank preceding which distance will be computed from the breasts of the men in the rear rank to the knapsacks of the men in the front rank The men without further command will immediately carry their arms at will as indicated in the school of the soldier They will no longer be required to march in the cadenced pace or with the same foot or to remain silent The files will march at ease but care will be taken to prevent the ranks from intermixing the front rank from getting in advance of the guide and the rear rank from opening to too great a distance"

The cavalry troopers wear their carbine slings like this fellow here

and this one
But not these guys

I have yet to see an order specifying which way around this piece of equipment was to be worn. I wore mine buckle in front because if you have a narrow waist, there is no room for the revolver cartridge box AND the carbine box on the belt, so the obvious answer was to carry the latter on the carbine sling – like in this quartermaster photo

I have a feeling that the troops pleased them selves if the company commander or 1st Sgt. let them get away with it – as they did in all other matters. I'm just glad to see what looks like a dedicated, decent quality dismounted cavalry set where no existed before!

ConfederateSwede15 Mar 2017 2:12 p.m. PST

New photos of 1/72 US infantry marching


dantheman Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2017 5:32 p.m. PST

On the subject of Strelets…

Their confederate command staff boxes are hard to find. Will they remake them?

Stephen Miller30 May 2017 9:01 a.m. PST

Confederrate Swede:

Quite a few posts back you had mentioned you had just acquired a bunch of metal 20mm acw figures. The only maker of those that I'm aware of ( I've got a few hundred, mostly via ebay, but a hundred or so from the maker, Thomas K+L.) As far as I know, K+L are no longer making/selling figures. Do you have a source of those or are yours of a different make; if so, please share.

Stephen Miller30 May 2017 6:51 p.m. PST

Oh, as for the Union cavalry, they didn't have Spencer carbines yet at Gettysburg; first issues were later in '63 although I believe I did read that at least one regiment there had Spencer rifles, but not sure whether that was a cavalry or infantry regiment so armed.

Houdini01 Jun 2017 12:48 a.m. PST

I "think" the 5th and 6th Michigan with Custer were supposed to be carrying Spencers?

Houdini01 Jun 2017 12:51 a.m. PST

Should have concurred with Stephen Miller that these were breech-loading rifles, not carbines.

number408 Jun 2017 6:30 p.m. PST

Yes. 5th and 6th Michigan had the Spencer long rifles; these guys were the dismounts skirmishing with Albert Jenkins brigade (who had long Enfields, but limited ammo supply) at the Rummel Farm on the third day. But the cavalry set discussed here is not specific to Gettysburg or any other ACW battle

the standing firing cavalryman for example looks as though he's braced to fire a submachine gun rather than a Civil War carbine

Have you ever live fired a civil war era carbine? The short barrel, big powder charge and the half inch thick bullet combine to give a kick like a boilermaker. You lean into it or lose it. He's also likely to be taking cover behind a stone or rail fence


Kudos to Strelets for quietly getting on with it, improving their quality and actually producing the goods as opposed to another company who just blather on about sets that don't see the light of day for 5 or 10 years.

ConfederateSwede09 Jun 2017 1:04 a.m. PST

Stephen Miller, I only use one brand and that is RSM95, superior quality compared to other 20mm metal ACW figures. You can get them at

You can see them in my diorama:


ConfederateSwede09 Jun 2017 1:05 a.m. PST

@Dantheman the Confederate command set will be re-issued and available in June. Not sure about the Union sets.

ConfederateSwede19 Jun 2017 9:57 a.m. PST

It's been a long wait, but finally there are new 1/72 ACW figures released and available to buy. Strelets first new ACW sets hits the market today it seems, the first ACW sets to be released in a while.

Hal Thinglum Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2018 5:05 p.m. PST

Kennington miniatures in the UK has an extensive line in metal. Irregular misery matures in the UK has limbers and guns as well as foot and horse. However the foot and horse are very small.

companycmd28 Aug 2018 2:06 p.m. PST

Be advised: Strelets ACW are smaller noticably (to the experienced wargamer that is) than Italeri

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