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Ivan The Not So Terrible23 Nov 2021 5:36 p.m. PST

Was wanting to dabble in a bit of Seven Years War gaming and thought 1/72 plastics might be the "cheaper" way to go. Anyone else done this?

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 6:12 p.m. PST

Ochoin has done it and posted some battle reports here that are quite excellent! I am slowly doing so. My main obstacle which was Cavalry for some units seems to have been solved by finding STL files for the major powers of the SYW by Madox Historical miniatures. I am very excited! Hat's new releases for the Austrians and Prussians are quite nice!



robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 6:15 p.m. PST

Have done. Not currently. It's doable, but the kits tend to be harder to get than Napoleonics. I'd start buying stuff early and as opportunity offers.

That said, lots of ways to do cheap wargames. Think hard about size of table, the battles you want to fight, and what looks right to you.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 6:15 p.m. PST

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 6:21 p.m. PST

No Russians but you can do pretty well everyone else.

Tom Molon Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 6:43 p.m. PST

If there's any interest, I have a LOT of 1/72 plastic ESCI and Revell and Airfix for 7YW I'm never going to get around to – superceded by 25 – 28 mm metals. Looking to sell them cheap. Am away from home until next Wednesday, so I can't talk specific numbers, but somewhere around 40 or so infantry regiments (each of 48 troops in same pose, plus drummer, standard, and mounted officer), plus a large number of cavalry regiments of 24 troops, plus officer, trumpeters, etc.) I opened boxes and grouped the figures the way I thought I'd use them. Can talk specifics when I get home and can break them out. If interested, drop me a line by PM or at and I'll get back to you. Thanks, Tom

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 7:56 p.m. PST

I've thought about Imaginations armies, but it never came to fruition. Like Robert said, buy what you need while it is still available.

Ivan The Not So Terrible23 Nov 2021 9:11 p.m. PST

Thanks chaps, stunning pics!

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2021 2:40 a.m. PST

I hate to set myself up as "Eddie The Expert" but any questions you have ask.

You're aware of PSR?



There are, for example, newly released British Jacobite cavalry which are far superior to the Revell stuff.

I don't much like the Revell SYW Prussian infantry.

The HaT SYW Prussian & Austrian infantry boxes are large but IMO great.

I've tended to go "big" -using the above "big" figures & the brilliant Zvesda stuff.

Artillery is a challenge: Revell, AWI stuff. Further Cavalry can be done with easy modifications eg HaT 1805 Prussian dragoons with a tricorne head swop (the HaT SYW infantry sets come with many, many extra tricornes).

The fantastic John Leahy (above) has gotten into 3D casting which I haven't (yet!). This opens everything up.

Finally…..don't do the SYW but go for the WSS

Strelets are in the midst of covering the whole period in set after set of great figures:


I'd have gone this way if I wasn't already invested in the SYW.

Ivan The Not So Terrible24 Nov 2021 6:53 a.m. PST

You're aware of PSR?

Yes, it's a great site. That's where I got the idea from.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2021 8:51 a.m. PST

Ochoin, you are tempting me again.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2021 5:32 p.m. PST

Can be done and beautifully – but I have stuck to 28mm

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2021 5:55 p.m. PST

Those pictures remind me of the old Peter Grant and similar wargames coffee table books with their old collections.

JimDuncanUK25 Nov 2021 9:23 a.m. PST

Those pictures remind me of the old Peter Grant and similar wargames coffee table books with their old collections.

That'll be Charles Grant surely.

Or maybe Peter Young.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2021 5:11 p.m. PST

Been tempted to do GNW in 1/72

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2021 5:15 p.m. PST

Echoing…those Strelets seem to me to be the best they've done.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2021 10:30 p.m. PST

See what I mean about Red Box & the SYW?


The second & third rows would make any French heavy cavalry regiment & (I think) the figure wearing the bearskin would fit in with the German Etranger regiments (+ easy to get more bearskins from Austrian grenadiers.

I'm not sure what you could do with the first row of figures.

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Nov 2021 5:52 p.m. PST

I have copied all the pics here for future and present enjoyment and reference! I love em!



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