Now, I had a vague idea already that firms like Foundry, Old Glory, Perry, Minden, and Jackdaw make some very nice 18th century individuals and sets of figures. I was also aware that Willie/Tradition produce a few. However, I was not prepared for the huge number of specifically 18th century figures, plus numerous others designated as 17th century and/or French Revolutionary era, that are available and might easily be pressed into service by those of us looking to add visual interest to our tabletops, circa 1760.
Besides the brands mentioned above, there are suitable figures and sets by Eureka, Blue Moon, Tradition of Scandinavia, and a French company called Fenyll. Several other companies, which pitch their products more to role-playing and/or pulp gamers also offer things like brigands, pirates, island governors, and rural peasantry as part of their ranges, much of which is suitable for co-opting into your 18th century collections, either real, or imaginary. I am particularly fond of the plethora of Willie and Tradition of Scandinavia figures as well as the various sets offered by Eureka USA. In fact, besides ordering some Mindens, I'm going to order some of the Eureka sets too before too many more days elapse. Who can resist Frederick the Great conversing with Voltaire in 30mm, a string quartet, and J.S. Bach at his clavichord? Certainly not I!
Next is a similar blog that I've mentioned here before by a Swedish gal, 'Johanna,' who appears to be a clothing historian and enthusiast. For a while I know she worked in the summers at Skansen, the large Swedish national folk museum just outside Stockholm, appearing in various 18th century ladies' costumes, many of which she produced herself. Her blog is called the 18th Century Blog: Fashion and Culture from the 1700s. Again, it's well worth a look even though the content has nothing to do with Frederick the Great and the Battle of Leuthen for example.