Just to let everyone know (or at least those that have an interest), I have now received all of my "sample" product and will soon be posting some comparitive pictures along with an overview of the project. Then I'll begin the review by maker with painted samples and evaluations.
I have added one more player to the mix, I had completely forgotten about Jim Brokaw's range of figures marketed by Pat Condray as Editions Brokaw. Now this is an older range than any of the others, and the sculpting style is much more "abstract" than some of today's offerings, but the fact is that these are still very effective little figures when painted well and used en masse, and the range is more complete than any of the others with just about every possible figure you could need.
So, our "contenders" are Hallmark, Editions Brokaw, Essex, Irregular, Donnington, Venexia and Lancashire Games. Look for the first installment shortly.