My original plan was to use Victoria Lamb models for pretty much the entirety of my troops with some of the original models incorporated into command squads for the company and platoon. I had picked up around 6 or 7 models for reasonable prices considering, (Captain, Bugler, Standard, Sergeants and a couple of troops) but had given up hope of any large number of original troops.
Then I spotted a buy it now bargain! 80 odd gents with heavy weapons. I wont divulge the details but these guys really were a bargain at less than half what I would have thought to pay. Some need a lot of cleaning but the first troops are ready to go and are below with the characters I already had. I not trying to be smug, I'm just so happy and excited that I got these fellas after the disappointment of finding I had got rid of the few I had, and general depression of watching people pay far more than I was prepared to over and over again. I hope everyone else out there has the same luck, and if not, well at least you got one less person bidding against you!
This has changed the game for me, still not intending to field fully original Praetorians as I want a big Platoon, but now I can use them for veteran squads, an idea I had hoped to use them for but gave up on because of cost. So while I have not had the time for much modelling, just eBaying, over the last couple of weeks, its definitely paid off!