|8 Jul 2020
||New HaT releases
Some European dealers have started listing some new HaT sets. The ones so far available are:
We had expected that three more sets (8307, 8303 and 8319) would also be released at the same time, but it is unclear if these are just slightly delayed or if they will appear in the next batch. Since the figures are all in the released sampler sets, there may be a problem with the boxes, or (more likely) the current chaotic state of international shipping has delayed them and they too will appear at retailers very shortly.
- 8320 - American Civil War Command
- 8326 - Napoleonic Austrian Infantry Marching
- 8327 - Napoleonic Austrian Infantry Action
- 8328 - Napoleonic Austrian Infantry Command
- 8332 - American Civil War Marching (2)
- 8333 - American Civil War Infantry Sampler
- 8338 - Austrain Infantry Sampler
- 8340 - British Heavy and Light Dragoons Sampler
|7 Jul 2020
As we review three new sets from Mars, another new title appears on the horizon. Mars set 72119 will be German Paratroopers (Tropical Uniform), still for the Second World War of course. The painted examples on the box look good (but are surely not the 1/72 versions), so we await the release with interest.
|24 Jun 2020
||Going bump in the night
Mars have announced their latest project, and once more it is for the Second World War. The title this time is 'German Night Hunters', a specialist subject if ever there was one. Still it should be interesting, and presumably actual release is not far off. However as their previous three sets have only just started appearing outside Eastern Europe it may be a while before most of us see the night hunters for ourselves.
|19 Jun 2020
||New French foot
Strelets have announced a new set, and it is for their large Napoleonic range. The title is "French Infantry Summer Order Arms", and it looks to cover the period roughly 1806 to 1813. What's more it is scheduled to be released in the next batch according to some dealers, so may appear very soon.
|27 May 2020
||New pikemen from France
Strelets have announced a new set. Named 'French Pikemen', it seems to be part of their War of the Spanish Succession range, but it shows troops wearing a tricorn and handling pikes. This is not something we thought ever happened, so are intrigued to see the final result.
|17 May 2020
||French on the march
Strelets have released another single set for the War of the Spanish Succession. This is the title 'French Musketeers on the March'. This has appeared at a dealer in the UK, but of course distribution elsewhere in the world may be disrupted.
|11 May 2020
||Three new releases
Mars have recently released three new sets. As previously noted, these are:
Currently they only seem to be available in the Ukraine, where they are made, and under the current circumstances it is not possible to know how long it will be before these start to reach a wider audience (or indeed us).
- 72115 - WWII Russian Infantry
- 72116 - WWII Russian Assault Troops
- 72117 - German Volkssturm Defenders
|9 May 2020
||WSS horse on the way
Strelets have announced a new set for their line-up, and again it is for the War of the Spanish Succession. The title is simply 'British Cavalry', and looks to be the usual format of 12 poses with 6 different horse poses. As with everything else just now, no firm date on when it might be released of course.
|5 May 2020
||The glory of Constantinople
Two more sets of ancients have been announced, and of course they come from Linear-A. Today's latest titles are:
Both are for the Byzantine Empire of the 6th century, and both are currently slated for release in 20??. That gives Linear-A 9.5 years, but we are sure the sets will be out a lot sooner!
- 040 - Imperial Guardsmen of Emperor Justinian
- 041 - Enemies from the East
|4 May 2020
||Big guns for the Legion
Strelets have added a new set to their lists, and this time it is one of their more unusual choices. The title is French Foreign Legion Artillery, and looks to be for the same period as their other FFL sets, so early 20th century. Presumably still quite some way from being released, but in any event several manufacturers are currently reporting major difficulties in production and distribution, so things are likely to stay unpredictable for the next few months.