you`re absolutely right. If there`s one company which produces steadily very good sets without any letdowns it is Zvesda! All winners, no fillers!
Of course there`re at least 3 more brands which earn that title: Caesar, Pegasus and Preiser. I would like to add Revell, but they seem to have stopped developing new sets (meanwhile). And I personally like Emhar sets a lot!
So I`m sure their chosen subjects are maybe questionable to some, but I`m also sure that the new sets will compare very good and add welcomed variety to already existing sets! Their Numidians will surely blast away the poor Hät-set for example!
Can`t wait too see their next release and lets hope for some unexpected/not announced "surprise"-sets again this year!
BTW I would count Strelets to my top 3 (to 5) list because of their well-chosen themes/units/conflicts (especially WWI, Crimean, "dark ages", ...), but as I love the WWII, WWI, Crimean, Ancient, "Knights" sets of the nominated companies just a wee little tiny bit better I can`t add them to that very exclusive list (at the moment, hehe). That might change immediately after I`m holding the first set of Strelets-WWII-figures in my greedy hands! (HINT HINT, will the WWII staff sets get released in 2007?)
Please forgive me, my Forum hosts!
a servile Peter
One thing I forgot:
There´re (ancient) Germans announced by Zvesda? Did I miss someting? Maybe you confused them with the announced ancient Egyptians and the upcomimg Germans from Caesar?
When will they release their next batch? Anyone`s got further informations? I just want to get some boxes of their (yearning awaited ) WWII French, Dutch/Belgian, Chinese and of course 3 more sets of Germans (couldn`t resist to write that )+ their WWI (& others) sets of course. I hope their announced vehicle-kits are not that rubbish "quick-assembly-wargaming" style. Would like to see some new & fresh kits from Caesar, bringing even more competition to the already very busy 1/72-model-market with some (hopefully) proper, detailed and useable releases!
There were rumours about their apparently bad finacial situation and a popssible bankruptcy some weeks/months ago, what about this myths?
We need more business-insiders-knowledge here!!!