When I first decided to start collecting Seven Years War figures, I asked Michael and Ioannis which manufacturers did the best job on the period. I was surprised to hear that it depended on the faction! I wanted to get started with Prussians and (after it was determined that I like the "chunky" style of sculpting, ergo no Minden figures) they both unhesitatingly said, "Early Foundry and Crusader!"
Since "Early Foundry" are difficult for a new person like me to discern and locate, I opted for Crusader Miniatures. As luck would have it, they were having a sale. Yes! Instead of only ordering a unit of Fusiliers, I opted to get some Musketeers as well.
My package arrived today in the post and I love these miniatures! The casting looks good. There isn't too much flash. The belting stands off from the figure. The proportions are fine. The buttons are well defined and will be easy to paint. The best part of all is that each pack of eight has troops marching in different poses! Some are yelling, some arms are bent a bit more than others... there is just enough animation to keep things interesting.
I am completely thrilled with Crusader Minatures! I can hardly wait to get more!