Wednesday, November 12, 2008

And the winner is...

So the poll is closed and the results are in and it would seem that stiff caps beat out Gor blimey's by the slimmest of slim margins. The results were pretty much tied for the entire duration of the poll and it would seem that either:

A) A good number of people out there are keen for both types of headgear to be produced.

OR

B) People will tend to vote so that the poll remains tied.

Or maybe even a bit of both, either way it got me thinking. After about 30 votes (which was frankly 25 more than I was was expecting) it occurred that however the additional figures were equipped someone out there would be disappointed. Add to that Paul's comment about an Aussie bush hat pack for conversion purposes and I started to consider the options. Thinking back a few years I realised that I had exactly the same problem when I sculpted the Falklands range for MoFo, I wanted maximum variety without having to sculpt essentially the same figure dozens of times and without having to make loads and loads of moulds. So with that in mind I decided to take exactly the same action and use the same solution, separate heads it is.

I'll just give you a few moments to get all angry and stuff so I'll sit quietly until you're done.



















Better? Right so shall we have a little look at what you can expect from the next wave of releases from TWDC? Okay then.

First up are some of the Turkish and British bodies.

And now a selection of the heads that will be available with the first release.

Okay so clearly that last one isn't a head but I thought it might be nice to add in the great pack for the Brits for those that fancy the full kit look. So when you put them together how do they look? Pretty good I reckon but I'll leave you to judge for yourselves.

RND cap

Wolesley helmet and pack (I snipped the bayonet off for a bit of a change)
Slouch hat
Lemon squeezer
BEF cap and packTurks in fezes

Turks in Enver Pashas
Turks in stormtrooper helmets
The heads in the first set of releases will be, for the Brits:
BEF cap
Soft cap (The BEF cap with the stiffening wire removed)
Gor Blimey caps
Brody Helmet (Tin hat)
Slouch hats
Lemon squeezer slouch hats
RND naval cap
Wolesley helmet
Mixed head wear (mainly for officers)
and the great pack

and for the Turks:
Enver Pashas
Fezes
Coal scuttle helmets
and a mixture of officers headgear.

So there we have it, loads of choice when it comes to head gear so that you can use your TWDC models as all sorts of troops in all sorts of theatres. As we add to the model range to add 1914 and 1903 pattern equipment the amount of choice for the Brits goes through the roof. Those of you waiting for the Turks in Arab headgear, never fear they are on the way. Unfortunately it's not the kind of thing you can do convincingly with a separate head system so they will be released with the good old fashioned cast on heads. And whilst we're at it for those of you like Paul who want to convert existing models we will be making the head sprues available separately so with a bit of luck it's good news all round.

Keep your eyes peeled over at the GB site for some painted examples in due course along with news of the release schedule. Once I'm finished here I'll be getting back to the NCOs, bombers and officers to round out the infantry for this next wave and then I'll be looking at a Brit HMG team in full kit and maybe a few new bits before getting on with some Beast stuff and then starting the WW1 French. So it's all go here which means that, naturally, I'm going to be spending more time than I ought to slacking off.

Post a reply if you have any comments about the separate heads and I'll attempt to answer any questions.

Stay lucky,
Soaps.

10 comments:

Beccas said...

And the winner is .... Soapy. Brilliant. We will have a heap of options now to field some great armies. One other little request. With the slouch hat heads, can you change half to have the left side of the hat pinned up?
Many thanks
Paul

Tank Girl said...

Sense and Sensibility at last! Well done Soapy and thanks also to Paul for the suggestion.

Looking forward to seeing these new additions in the near future.

Thanks again,

Helen

Dean said...
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Dean said...

Followed a link to this from the Lead Adventures forum. Leaped for joy at the ability to buy slouch hat heads for some conversions I've been working on. However, I'd echo the first comment and request a head or two with the brim pinned. Also, I believe they'd look better with the brims wider, such as with the Brigade Games Aussies http://www.brigadegames.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=BGHME

Although, Helen has just pointed out to me that many troops did cut down the brims of their hats, which these depict perfectly. So I'll change my request to a different sprue with wider brims and some pinned sides :)

Soapy said...

Wocha,

Although there are a lot of heads available in this first wave they are by no means the only ones we intend to produce. Slouch hats with pinned up brims, and even some with ostrich plumes will be coming when we add the dismounted cavalry models to the range.

Thanks for your comments.

Stay lucky,
Soaps.

Dean said...

I'll take both sets :)

Although you realise that as a Wargamer I have no patience and want everything now!

Great stuff, looking forward to more.

Over Open Sights said...

Dearest Soapy, You are a god. Not only Wolesley helmets and stiff caps (with and without wire) but caps for the 1915 RND. Thank you. Brodie helmets too! A bit of Pro-create in the right places on the final casts here at home and we get 1916 Tommies and lads from 1917/18. Keep up the good work.

Scott Pasha said...

Wonderful. With what you've got, I believe we could even do the South Persia Rifles (figures that nobody will ever produce, I'm sure.)This would be the perfect solution for the Indian Army and it's endless variety of Turbans and "ethnic types". Bravo Soapy, it would seem even the most fussy gamer can be happy with this.
yours
Scott Pasha

Scott Pasha said...

Wonderful. With what you've got, I believe we could even do the South Persia Rifles (figures that nobody will ever produce, I'm sure.)This would be the perfect solution for the Indian Army and it's endless variety of Turbans and "ethnic types". Bravo Soapy, it would seem even the most fussy gamer can be happy with this.
yours
Scott Pasha

Stephen said...

Great move matey - oh the temptation...