Though most of my 28mm SYW miniatures are Wargames Foundry (Prussians and Russians), I highly recommend RSM and the Minden line. Other figurines that have a place here and there in my collection are from Sash and Saber, Front Rank, Hinchcliffe, and Old Glory. There are other companies such as Crusader, which appear close in sculpting to the Foundry line. If I were starting my collection today, in 28mm, I'd seriously consider the Minden line if I were to do the Prussians and Austrians. RSM second.
Post by featherstonefan54 on Jan 30, 2016 16:31:37 GMT
Thank Ivor . It's looking like 15mm since all the lads in our club either have or are in the process of building SYW armies in that scale. I did say that I was too old to go back to painting 15's beyond Flames of War, which just goes to show you should never say never. The 28 mm ranges you have mentioned do look very attractive, but if I go down that route I'll be out on a limb and would have to paint both armies or more. So it's back to 15's. Luckily I have an eye test booked for next week :-)
Like you Featherstonefan I wanted to do WWI August 1914 in Belgium but couldn't find the best figures for it in 10mm, so went back to 15s (Peter Pig, TSS) and the same happened with ECW, even though I never expected to buy any new 15s other than ACW.
Eureka miniatures are wonderful! If I were starting out in miniature gaming today, I'd seriously consider the 10mm scale by Pendraken per the examples I've seen by Leman et al. 28mm are easier on my eyes to paint, but do take up space and are heavier to transport to conventions, friends' houses, etc. One of my friends, Mark, of scalecreep.com, has decided to just do 6mm and 15mm because of the space issue, while another of my friends, Bill Hupp, has a sizeable collection of 54mm painted plastic miniatures and terrain for wargaming several periods. Bill has his own commercial storage space which you can imagine is necessary.
We are well served by the different manufacturers and the many different scales and periods available compared to what it was back in the early 1970s when I started in this great hobby.
Post by featherstonefan54 on Feb 3, 2016 19:22:27 GMT
Thanks for the info Snowcat. I'm in no desperate rush to get painting. I have a lead/plastic mountain which I am working on already and so I'll do as leman suggests and get some samples before I finally take the plunge.
Did you measure against the "Old" Old Glory range or the Blue Moon figures?
Yes leman I remember well those conversion articles, but never came across any banana oil. Those were the days long before Google and eBay?
No problem. I stated it was Nic of Eureka Miniatures who did the measuring. Nic Robson owns Eureka Miniatures. Would you like me to ask him which OG figures he specifically measured against one of his own? I'm sure he won't mind.
A similar example would be having the opportunity to build a Napoleonic army using AB 18mm figures, but being concerned if they'll 'fit in with' or 'match' the crowd's current brand of 15mm. They won't fit in exactly, if the latter aren't AB. They're a different style. More realistic, less cartoon. A little taller in the case of AB vs OG. If your priority is to fit in with the same style of figures being used at your club, get the OG ones to match everyone else's. In which case the questions about other options are effectively moot. Or if you'd prefer to get something a little different and in approximately the same scale - ie not identical - then exploring alternative avenues is the way to go. I commend your signalled intent to get some samples - the world is your oyster!
Post by featherstonefan54 on Feb 4, 2016 19:21:01 GMT
Sorry Snowcat I misread the fact you were quoting from Nic.
It's kind of you to offer to get precise info, but I'm quite happy to get some samples and see what they look like "in real life".
I take your point entirely about "fitting in" and although we are talking about smaller scale figures than the 28's I usually paint,I do enjoy painting and so would certainly find it more satisfying to work with realistic figures as opposed to a more caricatured casting.
In fact there is the reason I take so long to finish a project. I spend too much time painting I suppose.
That's the great thing about this hobby of ours there are so many facets to enjoy.