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I am here today to ask the provocative question, which line do you prefer?
Option #1: Pure Revell line, mostly ignoring HaT.
Option #2: HaT infantry with Revell support elements.
Option #3: A mix of all options shown on PSR.
For Empress Maria and King Friedrich!
I am clearly less discerning than my friend, Minuteman, as I use anything I can lay my hands on for the SYW. HaT, Revell, Zvesda, ACTA, Airfix.Some Strelets. etc. I have Prussian, Austrian & French armies (which I couldn't do without Wodenfield metals).
I actually prefer the HaT stuff to the Revell stuff. This is mainly due to size- the Revell is (mostly) a tad small & I'd prefer my SYW to be on the big side.
Some of my battles:
A devised battle:
I am currently working on a time-consuming project converting HaT SYW Austrian infantry into Hungarians.
But infantry isn't the real problem. Artillery is (thank goodness for the Revell set & ACTA AWI). Heavy cavalry is entirely missing. Lots of conversions necessary (those extra HaT Prussian tricornes are essential).
One thing I'd love is a set of French hussars. I use the Revell ones but, like much of the Revell range, the figures are small & pinheaded (IMO).
If Strelets took on the period with the verve & style they address the WSS, life would be sweet.
Usually I would focus a little more on Strelets, but figured they would not mind a little talk about a related range to try and help pass the rough times. But yeah, I am ALL for a Seven Years' War line sometime in the future once the WoSS line can start up again. Hohenzollern Prussians, Bourbon French, Hapsburg Austrians & Hungarians (etc.), Romanov Russians, Brits for all theatres, Shawnee, Mohawks, Mughals, sign me up! I find the era even more intriguing than the Nappy times due to the other theatres of war. :sunglasses:
P.S.- For those of you whom have either been or plan to travel to Berlin, the full Frederick experience is in what is now known as Bebelplatz. In addition to the site of the main library and State Opera House, St. Hedwig's Catholic Cathedral was specifically commissioned by the King because Hedwig was the patron saint of Silesia, the namesake of three separate wars (the final being embedded in the SYW) as Minuteman mentioned. Oh and there is a statue of the king looking at you as well. :nerd_face:
The SYW has been arguably labelled the First World War. Apart from the conflict in Europe, war in the Americas, Africa & India (Plassey anyone?) make it an ideal field for any manufacturer with delusions of grandeur.
I, myself, am only interested in the European theatre where there are many gaps (Russian army???) but I know many, many others would love to dabble in the SYW fought elsewhere.
So. When are you starting, Strelets?
While waiting for a manufacturer to expand the available ranges, the only way forward is conversions. The simplest are paint conversions, I have recently acquired some Airfix Hussars to fight for Austria. Also the Napoleonic Saxon Cuirassiers are only a hat swop from fighting in both main armies. I also produced a regiment of British Light Dragoons via conversions before Italeri released theirs. Prussian artillery would be greatly appreciated.
I myself am more interested in the North American theater. All the frontier battles along the Canadian border are so fascinating. I would someday love to make a diorama series on the war with Fort Duquesne, Fort William Henry, Carillon, Louisbourg… I could go on. It’s a very interesting theater of the war to say the least.
I'm with you Asher. (By the way, you did receive my response to your email with the pdf that I sent 'by reply' all those weeks ago?)
The French & Indian War (La guerre de la Conquête) is a fascinating period. So interesting to read about and to recreate on the tabletop. Lots of different 'troops', albeit all on foot, numerous battles around the 'border' of the thirteen colonies and New France. Terrain, terrain and more terrain. As Peter Berry put it in his excellent Ranger! rules 'most of the tabletops is forest, with a few clear areas'. Makes for a wonderful campaign or series of linked battles.