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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2019 2:44 p.m. PST

"With the ‘Glorious Revolution' of 1688 and the placing of William of Orange on the English and Scottish thrones as William III, the Dutch Stadtholder gained many more resources with which to continue his fight against the seemingly all-powerful Louis XIV of France. The Nine Years War that followed (1688-1697) was not particularly successful, and as soon as it came to an end the English and Scottish armies were greater reduced in size. When war with France broke out again in 1701, this time over who would succeed to the throne of Spain, the English and Scottish armies (combined as the British Army in 1707) had to be quickly expanded once more, and became a major element in the armies of the Grand Alliance facing Louis, especially in Flanders and Spain. Under the inspired leadership of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), the British infantry would contribute to many great victories and raise the prestige of British arms on the continent for many years to come.

For their coverage of the War of the Spanish Succession, Strelets have begun by following the same strategy they have used for other periods, which is multiple sets for a given subject, split by type of action, and this ‘in advance' set is the first of those. The result is a selection of figures advancing with musket on the shoulder, held with bayonet to the fore or held at high port. All are valid poses and we have a couple of each to add some variety. Also included are a couple of grenadiers with musket against shoulder, plus a corporal and sergeant. Our last row shows the ‘command' figures in this set, a musician, two ensigns with flags and an officer. Again all are moving forward, and all are well-chosen poses. The first ensign pictured above is somewhat more casual than his colleague, as he rests his burden on his shoulder, so is probably not actually leading the men towards an enemy, but like the rest of the figures is a very useful pose…"




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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 8:23 p.m. PST

Unboxing Strelets Set #230. British Infantry in Advance 1701-1714. War of Spanish Succession. 1/72.

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