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I've been thinking......
If Strelets wanted to enter the SYW period, they could do establish some brand differentiation by embarking upon a Russian army.
To avoid being part of a generic mix'n'match sets of figures, the Russians could be made at their most distinctive: the summer uniform, where units divested themselves of their heavy, turnbacked coats & wore their collarless, long sleeved waistcoats.
This applies to infantry, artillery, dragoons & cuirassiers (though maybe these could retain the coat as they then would be useful for the Austrians as well.)
To round the period off, a fur capped hussar set would cover the key 4-5 regiments. Artillery pieces could also be the distinctive "secret howitzers" & licornes.
There are issues to think about eg the mitre. This was worn by the Horse Grenadier regiments as well as grenadier infantry. The infantry versions can be distinctive, especially the 1756 version with the "neck protector". This, very Russian version mitre is the one I'd go for.
The HG regiments were quite numerous in the Russian army BTW & have not been covered by anyone else.
Cossacks....I guess you might use existing sets. Light infantry (Pandurs) etc might be eventually considered.
I think there's an opportunity here.
I too would support any sets for the Seven Years War.
The Russian army of the period is a particularly interesting combatant in the conflict, featuring a unique organization and quite a lot of very distinctive uniforms and armaments (notably artillery). It has never been modelled before in 1/72 plastic, so perhaps now would be a good time to do so?
As donald has pointed out on many occasions, the period is also one that lacks generic sets, in particular cavalry and artillery for the main combatants, as well as light troops (Pandours, Grenzer, Hussars, Frei Korps).
French and Anglo-Hanoverian infantry for the period would also be excellent, especially if sculpted in the same style as the WoSS range.
I have been collecting and painting “little men” for many many years but I have to say that I have never enjoyed any range of figures as much as Strelets recent WSS products.
So I’m very interested in the idea of expanding out the range into the seven years war and maybe even a revisit to the great northern war.
Just passing by to "proclaim" my full support to the proposed 7YW Russians in summer outfit (distinctive and easy on the eyes), winter dress or both. That would be a great start. As said, the Observation Corps, numerous horse grenadiers regiments —not just the elite co's— and their unique artillery complement make for an interesting army build. These small xviii century Russian armies, seems to me, were pretty hardcore in every sense.
I've previously asked Strelets about starting a SYW range and they have stated that they do not intend to start new eras until they have completed their current ranges. However, based on the apparent success of their WSS range so far, perhaps they may be more encouraged to do so?
If they could produce SYW infantry in the same style as their WSS figures, they would be a must have for many 18th Century collectors out there I am sure. And if I were to really have my own dreams realised with this-they could start with the FIW...Here's to dreaming!
One of those book dust covers in my early school years library that inspired me:
Since this thread has an enthusiastic response (and I agree with all wishes and comments mentioned) I will chip in that I have said before that this era, going right through the American War for Independence, has so much opportunity for figure sets that have never been produced before, or have been done poorly. I will add, inspired by the Roger's Rangers book cover, that 18th century native Americans have never been done justice. The Italeri Native Americans were good, but try getting a box of those anywhere, and most 18th century sets from the past are also very hard to come by. I am not a big fan of the HaT range.....the figures are not as interesting....and for my money Red Box and especially Stretlets have replaced and surpassed the quality and variety that we used to get from Revell. I would love to see them expand over any and all 18th century subjects. We need to keep encouraging them with our comments and our purchases. I do applaud them for wanting to finish one series before they wander not another.....and I really can't wait to see their Maison Roi and artillery for the WSS.