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The format of tricorne, big coat (no turnbacks), cuffs, flintlock musket and cartridge box suspended on the hip by a broad shoulder belt works for most WoSS infantry. On this basis, and depending on how accurate you want your armies to be, I'd suggest that the three British infantry sets will work well for most WoSS armies; indeed, I have seen very well-painted French infantry who have started life as the 'British infantry in Advance' set. A very good paint job has been all that is required to transform these 'rost-bifs' into Frenchmen.
I am using the 'French musketeers in advance' set for Bavarian and Spanish infantry. Although the muskets are a little short and the locks are matchlocks, from a distance these look fine.
Cavalry is a little more complicated, but for many nations I'd suggest that the new British cavalry set works well. Strelets have more cavalry on the way. IF (hint) they do produce a set of French line cavalry, with relatively plain uniforms, then this will be suitable for many WoSS armies. The Maison du Roi sets are a bit 'fancy', but are useable more generally with some of the lace carefully trimmed off or over-painted.
Artillery is pretty generic: Again, Strelets have some sets on the way, and there are a couple of excellent GNW sets made by Zvezda.
Thanks Minuetman, i'm not a uniform or equipment purist when painting figures ,if it looks ok i'll use it perhaps with the odd bit of green stuff etc.
Looks like i'll be giving the WSS a go.
Great figures Strelets sculpting team.
Opps just realised i spelt your name wrong.:scream:
totally agree with Minuteman's posting, as infantry and cavalry uniforms were fairly generic for this period and these days there is so much info available on the internet from blogs etc
Pinterest is a handy tool for getting uniform plates, suggest a search like "Hanoverian uniforms in WSS" and see what turns up
there are many books available too in many languages covering the period most have great colour plates
Soldiershop in Italy got 5 books on Austrians , a couple on Papal States and others
Helion Books in UK have many in their "Century of the Soldier series"
in an earlier post i did list other sources , like Robert Hall's and Bruno Mugani's books as well as Editions Brokaw Wargaming in Age of Marlborough series , booklets by C A Sapherson and others
hope that helps
cheers Old John
while that's not an answer to your question, you still may be interested to know, that we're considering at the moment the lines along which to develop this series further.
An obvious line is to make some other nations on top of the existing French and British troops.
Simple paint conversion allows to draft many armies with those sets, that are already available at the moment. At the same time, there are armies, that had distinctively different uniforms, which can't be drawn by a simple brush and may require to be made in plastic first.
In this respect a question will arise: which specific mass armies/units require to be made separately.
Dear Strelets team, again my compliments on all your WSS sets, sculpting is great and i'm looking forward to all forthcoming sets
couple of suggestions for future sets, Dutch and Danish grenadiers in their distinctive caps,and as there were many sieges and river crossings in this period, maybe a pontoon set, engineers for sieges some of which wore part armour, and a set of personalities/ generals, with maybe a couple of Marlborough's foot runners in jockey style caps, Portuguese troops (as far as i know no-one else does them), Hungarian Rebels another possibility,a general's coach another idea
stay safe out there
cheers Old John
Wonderful news, your expansion of the WSS-range and the new box cover!
Which sets are need still....
Austrian/Bavarian cuirassiers - theirs uniforms were quite similar
Austrian infantry (other hats and broader coats than the french or british) - please 2 sets: firing//loading/standing and marching/advancing/attacking. or 2 sets: musketiers and grenadiers
Mounted bavarian grenadiers
dutch infantry + grenadiers
prussian infantry + grenadiers
and certainly some spanish sets who will been added from others
a generic bagage-/artillery train (wagons) which won´t been a problem for all armies because there were mostly civilians who were hired for the transport-wagons (oxes were still widely used for big loads)
a working/digging pionier-set with civlians and soldiers without coats and regular hats
a big mortar set for the many sieges of this war
and very important please always 2 drummers in each infantry set!
I agree with Old John and Sansovino, especially for the Austrian infantry and heavy cavalry, and also Dutch/Danish infantry/grenadiers.