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Blake8506 May 2011 12:07 p.m. PST

Hey guys, I've started my collection of Civil War figures in 1/72 scale plastic, I was wondering which other metal manufacturers would complement them… terms of personality figures, artillery, buildings, infantry, cavalry?

Example: would Old glory 25mm fit, or would they be too big?

To give you an idea, the plastic manufacturers I collect are accurate/revell, imex, esci, italeri, call to arms, even some older airfix to "beef up" my ranks.

Also, does anybody have any of these plastic figures they want to sell? Unsprued and loose would be fine (I'm trying to collect in terms of large quantities).

Thanks guys for any and all help!

almost forgot….my email in case anyone has any figures for sale……

MajorB06 May 2011 12:13 p.m. PST

Example: would Old glory 25mm fit, or would they be too big?

Most of the plastic ranges you mention are really 20mm, so 25mm figures would be too big.

Also plastic figures tend to have more accurate anatomy than their metal cousins so the plastics would look rather skinny next to the metals.

Brummie Lad06 May 2011 12:16 p.m. PST

You could try Newline:

And they have a sale on! Which is nice…

Bill N06 May 2011 12:27 p.m. PST

My advice would be to start by looking at the ACW section of Plastic Soldier Review on the internet. This will give you a fairly good idea of what is available in plastic and also relative proportions of figures as well as height. As Magard said 1/72 figures fall in between heroic 15mm (18mm) and traditional 25mm in height, knocking out many metal lines. Musket Miniatures does have a line of 22mm metals that probably would work. (I've used their guns but not their figures, so I can't speak to relative builds of metals and plastics of similar height.)

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2011 12:32 p.m. PST

DPC sells a very nice 20mm ACW range and it's very reasonably priced.

MajorB06 May 2011 12:37 p.m. PST

Jacklex figures were designed to complement Airfix plastics:

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2011 12:40 p.m. PST

Maybe Musket Miniatures?

Blake8506 May 2011 12:44 p.m. PST

I'm checking into all your suggestions now, thanks guys!

Scott MacPhee06 May 2011 12:45 p.m. PST

When I used 1/72 plastics, I supplemented them with Musket Miniatures. They fit perfectly.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2011 12:56 p.m. PST

Didn't we just do this one, seems real familiar.

Col Durnford06 May 2011 1:34 p.m. PST

I'll also join in for Musket Miniatures.


Blake8506 May 2011 1:48 p.m. PST

musket miniatures look like they have nice artillery…………..some of the other makers lack pictures, wish I could see them.

Also looked at Eureka (or AB?), they look nice, how do they size up?

@ 20thmaine……..if you find the link, attach it if you do, thanks

nickinsomerset06 May 2011 1:59 p.m. PST

SHQ do a good line of 20mm ACW which fit nicely with my 1:72 plastics,

Tally Ho!

RobH06 May 2011 2:07 p.m. PST

Hinton Hunt ACW are a perfect match for 20mm plastics. :-)

nevinsrip06 May 2011 2:18 p.m. PST

The old RSM and Stone Mountain lines were perfect. RSM figures are the best 20 mm figures Ihave ever seen. Try to find them or see if they are being sold under another name.

If you can find the old Bussler 25 mm ACW stuff that is also a perfect match with great sculpts.

Give me a shout at NEVINSRIP@AOL.COM. I have some of the old Bussler catalogs that I could copy for you. I also have some figures around here somewhere..

Vintage Wargaming06 May 2011 2:54 p.m. PST

RSM are the DPC figures referred to above.

Newline are to my mind too small to be compatible.

Jacklex are fine.

You should take a look at the Plastic Pelisse blog, which is there specifically to provide comparison photos of metal and plastic figures

Their ACW posts can be found by following this link

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2011 4:48 p.m. PST

I think I was thinking of this one TMP link

but it's AWI – 2 out of 3 letters the same I guess grin

Personal logo Milhouse Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2011 6:38 p.m. PST

Kennington, Sgts Mess, Tumbling Dice and the recently rereleased Wodensfeld line, all nice as well.

Qualiticast was great. Hopefully it will be rereleased as well.

dwight shrute08 May 2011 3:58 a.m. PST

sgts mess are selling the old SHQ line .. some nice figs here that match very well with my largely italeri plastic ACW armies .

Personal logo Milhouse Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2011 7:58 p.m. PST

They added some figs as well, dwight. Nice.

Dropship Horizon15 Nov 2011 1:57 p.m. PST

Worth looking at The Plastic Pelise. They compare Newline against several plastic ranges. Here's newline with Italeri:



zippyfusenet15 Nov 2011 2:20 p.m. PST

And then there are all the conversions you can do! Like cutting down the shakos on Napoleonic British infantry to make ACW militia in shell jackets. Or harvesting the heads from Napoleonic Prussian Landwehr to make ACW figs in pork-pie caps. Or painting up French Foreign Legion as New York chasseurs. Ah, the good old days.

bgbboogie16 Nov 2011 9:10 a.m. PST

Hey Brummie lad are you anywhere near Solihull….M

Brummie Lad16 Nov 2011 10:42 a.m. PST

BGB Boogie: I'm not I'm afraid. Work in Acocks Green, but I live in Bearwood. I do go to the club in Ladywood on a Tuesday though.

Why'd you ask? grin

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2020 1:36 p.m. PST

this is a shot in the dark as this thread is so old……but…..I have quite a lot of Union and Confederate infantry, artillery and cavalry FS…IMEX and I think Revell cavalry. Let me know:


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