I look forward to a chat at Triples.
I actually have very few figures myself at present (my playtesting was done mainly with 'substitutes'). There aren't many choices out there, particularly if you prefer 25/28mm which I do. I did buy some plastics but decided that wasn't for me. However I was attracted to the Australian EUREKA range following a WI article some two years ago and recently took the plunge (in part to allow me to take some photos) for a few packs as a starter. I chatted to Ian Marsh of Fighting 15s at VAPNARTAK, who are the UK agents. The main drawback is the unusual 18mm scale if you want to do just one army for gaming. On the plus side, there is a terrific range of models including characters (Capt Nolan!), at 18mm it should be quicker to paint (we will see!) and the price is competitive. If you plan to do both sides, as I do, the scale is not such a drawback. Both Fighting15s and EUREKA have websites; I'm unsure from their site whether F15s stock the complete range.
The forthcoming 28mm Austro-Prussian figures from HELION may prove irresistible...
Yours etc etc