I remember the days when having just three figure variants constituted a range of infantry, marching, advancing and standing firing. These days the variants are endless. But more than this is the relentless number of new sculpts coming to fruition on a monthly basis. Only this week coming to the market I have seen a wonderful Ottoman range, and I have been informed of more SYW Russians and Saxons soon to hit the shelves. Some would say it is feast or famine in this hobby, I would argue more feast.
It must be difficult to choose what to buy, just like being in a sweet shop with sixpence to spend and being surrounded by jars of delightful goodies.
Unfortunately, buying metal figures is not cheap, add to that in some cases customs charges, so I am not surprised that plastics have become popular.
It must be difficult for hobbyists to stay focused with such a variety of figures available and next month more additions. For those who paint large units the chase is a dead cause and must remain focused. If the hobbyist outsources there is a chance. And for those who are patient then there is always tomorrow. So with so many new products it maybe worth stockpiling for the future. That is what I do when I have a mould made. Rather than have a few run off I usually purchase 700-1000 castings. Not cheap but as it worked out not a bad investment.
My photograph shows my Saxons. These were cast not for 2018, nor 19 but probably for 2020. When you have got the castings and the flags, when it comes to their turn you are ready. For the Saxons and French I went for the swinging right arm rather than the right arm over the chest holding musket. All my marching figures are based on the two concepts.