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15 Feb 2017 ArticleIcon Fresh sets for the Medieval Period
Two new sets of medieval figures have been revealed by relative newcomers Ultima Ratio. The sets are number 7 and 8, and both are of Swiss infantry of the 15th century. The difference is one is labelled for the Uri canton, and one for the Bern canton. Some dealers are already showing these are due soon, so hopefully not too long a wait for them.
2 Feb 2017 ArticleIcon New Far East sets for WWII on the way
Ultima Ratio have formally announced two new sets are currently in development. Both are for the war in the Far East during World War II, and the titles are:
  • UR005 - Imperial Japanese Army Paratroopers
  • UR006 - Chindits
Chindits were British infantry combating the Japanese in Burma using unconventional means, and have not previously been modelled in this hobby.
27 Jan 2017 ArticleIcon Confirmed Redbox future releases
RedBox have had their next few releases confirmed, and they are as expected. The exact details are:
  • 72097 - Spanish Infantry (Set 2) (16th Century)
  • 72098 - Spanish Infantry (Set 3) (Pike - 16th Century)
  • 72100 - Italian Infantry (Set 2) (16th Century)
  • 72101 - Italian Infantry (Set 3 - Pike) (16th Century)
  • 72109 - Burgundian Infantry and Knights (Set 1) (15th Century)
  • 72110 - Burgundian Infantry and Knights (Set 2) (15th Century)
23 Jan 2017 ArticleIcon Civil war gets another boost
Strelets have added another new set to their lineup, and it is another for what is becoming a major series for them. There are already several sets announced for their Gettysburg range, and this latest one, (153) US Infantry in Attack 2, adds still more infantry, as well as strongly implying there will be an 'Attack Set 1' sometime soon.
22 Jan 2017 ArticleIcon HaT and Waterloo changes
It looks like Waterloo 1815 will be issuing a new version of their set 007. This has always been the old Airfix WWII Italian Infantry, but in future may be a combined set with figures from set 034 Italian Infantry Support Group and 040 Italian Infantry (Campaign Dress). Also HaT have suggested some new sets being made, but some already announced may be abandoned. We will update the site as specific details become available.
19 Jan 2017 ArticleIcon More dismounted cavalry
Waterloo 1815 have added a new set to their range as printed on a recent box. The new set is number 041 and is entitled 'Napoleonic French Foot Dragoons'. With only one half set (Strelets) so far for this subject, this is a Napoleonic set that will be eagerly awaited by many.
15 Jan 2017 ArticleIcon New Ottomans
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 ArticleIcon 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 ArticleIcon 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:
  • 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
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.
28 Dec 2016 ArticleIcon 10 new sets released before year end.
Strelets have let us know they have just released 10 new sets. The full list is:
  • 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
A nice little boost to 2016 production figures, which means this year has seen more new releases than both the last two.

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