First, thanks to Ralphus for inviting me to participate in his blog. Bill's mention of "old school" in the Zvezda post makes for a good lead in to my personal bias towards 30mm flats or zinnfiguren. And they're about as old school as you can get. At Ralphus' kind invitation, I'll be posting about them now and then.
For openers, here is a unit of Kieler Zinnfiguren / Aloys Ochel Austrians suitable for the siege of Vienna, painted in the livery of regiment Solari. The figures come from two different sets, the pikemen and the advancing musketeers. The fixed plug bayonets on the latter are a nice touch. All bear the initials of master engraver Ludwig Frank on the bases.
Kieler Zinnfiguren was one of the great makers of flats in the early half of the 20th century. Now, it's not so easy to get the figures new, although Frau Ochel is still running the business. That they have recently opened a website is a promising sign. http://www.kieler-zinnfiguren.de/. As can be seen from the "1700- Typenlist" the quantity of sets produced was impressive. These days, the figures can also be found on eBay. Don't be put off by the crude factory paint, beautiful castings lurk beneath.
Massed together in formation, they have an appealing style.