A fellow gamer and I were commiserated over how the scale of figures that appeal to us seems to have a direct proportional relationship to our accumulating years. Furthermore, I've always shied away from plastics simply because of the problem of keeping paint attached to figures that are frequently manhandled. But with the increasing availability of decent 54mm plastic figures and my own decreasing visual acuity, I figured it was time to try something new.
I've also had an urge to try some new periods but didn't want to invest a lot of money in metal figures. So after seeing what was available in 54mm plastics I decided to experiment with either the American Revolution or the English Civil War. Though I must admit that the Napoleonics and even the Spanish-American War caught my attention. Just by luck I happened to find a box of Call to Arms English Civil War pikemen in my local hobbyshop. Figured it was worth $10 to experiment with plastic painting techniques. Besides, could I really do better than $0.50 per man in any visible scale?