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Jeremy Sutcliffe Inactive Member02 Feb 2009 5:26 p.m. PST

A thought stimulated by the Peter Laing thread, whatever happened to the Hinchliffe 12mm "System 12" range of Napoleonics?

I had both an Austrian and a French army. I think I got them as "payment" for my work on Northern Millitaire. They are the only two armies I've ever sold on. {Easy come, easy go}

I've a couple of remnants in my bits box. a rather nice Austrian cuirassier and an equally nice dragoon. All in all, I think the Austrians were better than the French.

Whatisitgood4atwork Inactive Member02 Feb 2009 6:27 p.m. PST

I remember the range advertised in Military Modeling. It was an ambitious project – not just figures, but a whole range of terrain all to the same scale.

I guess it just never caught on and was discontinued.

aecurtis Fezian Inactive Member02 Feb 2009 7:42 p.m. PST

It had a short life and passed away suddenly.

I think I still have a cottage and some wall sections.


Marc the plastics fan03 Feb 2009 4:53 a.m. PST

It would fit in nicely with all these new 10mm ranges though. I think it was an American product produced under licence by Hinchcliffe in the UK.

aecurtis Fezian Inactive Member03 Feb 2009 8:39 a.m. PST

Could have been. Could have not been. Could have been "Hinchcliffe" after all, never mind all those little red boxes that said differently.

This is the Internet. There is no truth; there are no facts; there are only opinions, and all are equally valid.


Vintage Wargaming03 Feb 2009 9:19 a.m. PST

Weak ankles.

Then they started selling Heritage 15mm instead, I believe – think this might be what mark the Plastics fan means.

Richard Humm03 Feb 2009 10:51 a.m. PST

I think the terrain pieces were reissued by Hinchliffe in the very late 1970s (but described as 15 mm) when they introduced their own (post-Heritage) 15 mm Napoleonic range. I don't remember any of the smaller scale stuff being issued after Hinchliffe was acquired by Skytrex around 1982.

Lee Brilleaux Fezian Inactive Member03 Feb 2009 3:09 p.m. PST

Hinchliffe also made small range of French Napoleonics in 15mm in the late 1970s after it was clear that System 12 wasn't going anywhere for them. These were their own make, not Heritage. I bought some from a long-gone hobby store in Jacksonville FL around 1986 (to my surprise, and possibly that of the owner).

Whatisitgood4atwork Inactive Member03 Feb 2009 8:42 p.m. PST

[This is the Internet. There is no truth; there are no facts; there are only opinions, and all are equally valid.]

I was ready to believe you Allen, but then I realized you had posted it on the internet so it became instantly suspect. If you would like to write that down on a real piece of paper, then it will instantly become a factual statement.

Jeremy Sutcliffe Inactive Member04 Feb 2009 2:04 a.m. PST

So the queation now is, do the moulds still exist and, if so, where are they?

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2009 3:24 p.m. PST

They were nice figures. I built two armies using "Grand Army" rules by Don Lowry to go with my N-gauge Scruby figures.


SteveZodiac Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 5:06 a.m. PST


I was recently told by the owner of Hinchliffe that the molds were trashed. BTW, are you sure you had Austrians? As far as I know they only made British and French before the line was discontinued.


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