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6 May 2016 ArticleIcon Brand new very old civilians
Linear-A have very kindly let us know that their first set under that name has just started distribution. Named 'The Folk of Judea', it is a set of civilians for that area during the period when it became a Roman tributary and then a province.
5 May 2016 ArticleIcon Figures from Mars
It looks like the three sets mentioned below as due soon from Mars have started appearing in shops. We will post pictures as soon as we get them.
22 Apr 2016 ArticleIcon New Mars and RedBox for Spring/Summer
A number of new sets will be appearing in a few weeks time from both Redbox and Mars. Taking RedBox first, it will come as no surprise, given their recent series on the armies of the Ottomans, that they are planning set 72094 - Osman Sipahi Set 1. Good to see the 'Set 1' as Sipahis were so important to any Ottoman army, but no release date yet. Also Mars have revealed their plans for a new batch of releases sometime next month. The names are:
  • 72095 - Swedish Dragoons (Set 2)
  • 72096 - Imperial Dragoons
  • 72097 - Turkish Eyalet Infantry
The first two are for the Thirty Years War 1618-1648, while the last is for the 17th century, a particularly busy century in the history of the Ottoman Empire.
14 Apr 2016 ArticleIcon Strelets plans for 2016
Strelets have kindly let us know about their plans for this year. After the release of the forthcoming batch of sets, which is well advanced, there is likely to be one more batch before the end of the year. One set, 911 Stamford Bridge, has already been announced but for completeness this is the full list of titles:
  • 910 - Hastings 1066: Norman Army
  • 911 - Stamford Bridge
  • 912 - Hastings 1066: Anglo-Saxon Army
  • M054 - Foot Bashi-Bazouk
  • M116 - WWII Japanese Infantry in Winter Dress
  • M117 - English Longbowmen
  • M118 - English Foot Soldiers XIII-XIV century
The 900 series will be big boxes with one new set and several previously released, and the M sets will be all new of course. Although there is no definite date at this early stage, it is likely to be very late in the year when these reach the market.
8 Apr 2016 ArticleIcon New Hat start shipping
HaT have started shipping their latest new sets to retailers. The four titles in question are:
  • 8157 - WWII Polish Artillery Crew
  • 8160 - WWII Romanian Artillery Crew
  • 8292 - WWI British Infantry (Early)
  • 8293 - WWI British Infantry (Tropical Dress)
7 Apr 2016 ArticleIcon At the bridge
First a road, now a bridge. Strelets have announced a new set, called Stamford Bridge. It is the latest of their big sets, so likely to contain several previous sets, and naturally refers not to the football stadium but the battle in 1066.
7 Apr 2016 ArticleIcon New set hits the road
Linear-A have announced a new set is currently in the pipework. Entitled 'The Silk Road in Ancient Times', it covers the fourth to first centuries BCE, but according to their website it is still at an early stage with no sculpting yet, so we will have to wait a while to see it.
2 Apr 2016 ArticleIcon New fury
Orion have released their latest set, which is 72049 USA Tank Crew (Summer Dress).
17 Mar 2016 ArticleIcon RedBox see the light of day
RedBox have started shipping their latest releases, which are:
  • 72047 - Wars of the Roses European Mounted Men-at-Arms
  • 72090 - Samurai Artillery Set 1
  • 72091 - Samurai Artillery Set 2
  • 72092 - Osman Akinci Set 1
  • 72093 - Osman Akinci Set 2
Also their previous batch, so long awaited, is finally on its way to us, so expect a flurry of RedBox reviews over the next few days.
4 Mar 2016 ArticleIcon New Preiser military
Usually we don't report on hard plastic mini-sets like those of Preiser, just add them to the website for completeness. However with so little happening at the moment it seems worth mentioning there are signs Preiser have released their first new military sets for a long time. The two sets, 72538 and 72539, both depict German motorcycles and their crews from World War II, and while most retailers show them as unavailable we are hopefully they will reach the market shortly. With little else to review we will even update the front page when we do!

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