|15 Jan 2017
Orion have finally released their long-awaited set 72020 Turkish Cavalry (Sipahi). Aimed for the 16th and 17th centuries, it should be a good match for many recent RedBox sets, but we shall see.
|8 Jan 2017
||First moves of 2017
Looking back over the first week of the new year, there have been several interesting developments. Firstly, as expected, the two recently announced sets from Mars (72098 17th Century Osman Siege Artillery and 72099 17th Century Sobieski's Polish Infantry) have started to appear at retailers. Next, there are some signs that the long-awaited Orion set of Turkish Cavalry (15th century) may make its appearance early this year. The ever-unpredictable Revell will be releasing two figure sets this year. The first, 02452, is a combined product containing their old Seven Years War Austrian and Prussian infantry sets, while the other, 02453, combines their old Seven Years War Prussian and Austrian cavalry. So nothing new, but a new way to bulk out their catalogue.Finally, HaT have launched another crowdfunding project for 1/72 figures, and this time it is for 1815 Prussian landwehr infantry. Check out their website for details.
|31 Dec 2016
||More goodies for 2017 perhaps
With the recent release of the new batch of Strelets figure sets, the boxes have revealed a number of previously unknown projects slated for the future. All we have are the codes and titles, which are:
We are guessing the Polish artillery will be Napoleonic, and the Japanese are almost certainly World War II. We have no idea what Turks in tropical uniform would be, but the Camel Corps is probably the Imperial Camel Corps of World War I, though a colonial set cannot be ruled out either. So, some interesting and occasionally baffling sets to come, including a surprise surge for the American Civil War, a conflict largely ignored in recent years. Hopefully some or all of these will appear in 2017, but we shall see.
- 139 - Auxiliaries on the March
- 143 - Polish Artillery
- 147 - Gettysburg - Confederates on the March
- 149 - Gettysburg - US Infantry 1
- 150 - Gettysburg - US Infantry 2
- 151 - Gettysburg - US Cavalry
- M121 - Imperial Japanese Army Heavy Weapons
- M122 - Turkish Infantry in Tropical Uniform
- M123 - British Camel Corps Dismounted
|28 Dec 2016
||10 new sets released before year end.
Strelets have let us know they have just released 10 new sets. The full list is:
A nice little boost to 2016 production figures, which means this year has seen more new releases than both the last two.
- 140 - Napoleonic Highlanders on the March
- 141 - Napoleonic British Infantry on the March
- 142 - Napoleonic Polish Infantry on the March
- 910 - Hastings 1066: Norman Army
- 911 - Stamford Bridge
- 912 - Hastings 1066: Anglo-Saxon Army
- M114 - WWII Japanese Troops in Tropical Uniform
- M117 - English Longbowmen
- M118 - English Foot Soldiers 13th-14th Century
- M119 - WWII Indian Troops
|13 Dec 2016
||Fresh 17th century troops
Enthusiasts of the wars of the 17th century, particularly the siege of Vienna, will be pleased to learn there are two new sets on the slate from prolific manufacturer Mars. The full numbers and titles are:
Since these are already being mentioned on some dealer sites, we might assume they are due for release shortly, as usually happens with Mars.
- 72098 - Osman Siege Artillery (Mortar)
- 72099 - Sobieski`s Polish Infantry
|8 Dec 2016
||New Japanese Paratroopers
Strelets have announced another new set, which is of Imperial Japanese Army Paratroopers. This complements their already released Japanese Imperial Airborne Troops, which are for the Imperial Navy.
|30 Nov 2016
Not so much a case of hard news as a roundup of interesting statements made on various social media sites, but plenty of interest. We have heard that Ultima Ratio are working on two new World War II sets, which will be Chindits and Japanese infantry. RedBox will of course be building on their range of 16th century figures, with more Spanish and Italians, plus some possible earlier Burgundian sets. Dark Dream Studio are also rumoured to be close to releasing a set of Sipahi, and we understand Strelets have not yet finished announcing new projects, with at least one more WWII set in the pipeline. We also understand that the first HaT crowdfunding project, unmarried Zulu warriors, has reached the required target and will go into production, though their site is clearly slow to be updated. Finally well-established company Modelcollect have shown some masters of forthcoming 1/72 figures. These will be of modern Russians and Americans, but there is no confirmation of the set titles or the material to be used.
|28 Nov 2016
||Another highland charge
Strelets have announced yet another new set currently in progress. This time it is 'Highlanders in Attack', and depicts kilted British infantry advancing plus some extras like sappers and officers. It looks to be for the later Napoleonic period, matching several already planned sets from this company.
|21 Nov 2016
||New civil war charge figures
It seems Strelets like to announce a new set on a Monday, because another new title has made an appearance today. This time it is the first new set of American Civil War figures for a very long time (we are not counting the recent Esci reissues). The title is 'Pickett's Charge 1', and while there is no information on the contents, the title is enough to make some pretty secure guesses!
|15 Nov 2016
||New Strelets Romans
Strelets have added two more sets to their catalogue of future releases, and this time the news is good for those with an interest in the early Roman Empire. The sets are:
We presume these are not to be included in the next batch of releases, so are likely to appear next year.
- M124 - Roman Auxiliaries Ranks
- M125 - Auxiliaries on the March