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IronMaidenheader Inactive Member06 Dec 2012 2:59 p.m. PST

Hello Fine Fellows,

Over the last several days I have seen numerous examples of Paul Hicks' sculpting and I have to believe he is the best 28mm historical sculptor working today.

The Perrys had been, in my mind, in that spot previously but I believe Mr. Hicks has taken the lead.

Here are a couple examples of what I'm talking about:

phicks106 Dec 2012 3:02 p.m. PST

Thank you for the very kind words but the Empress English Civil war figures are not by me.


IronMaidenheader Inactive Member06 Dec 2012 3:08 p.m. PST

Ah my mistake! I had meant to post a link to your Lancers:

Frothers Did It And Ran Away06 Dec 2012 3:09 p.m. PST

Paul Hicks or not those horses are pretty splendid.

My favourite 28mm figures are the older Gripping Beast ranges. Haven't a clue who did them but I like their simplicity.

IronMaidenheader Inactive Member06 Dec 2012 3:10 p.m. PST

By the by you must be the busiest man in wargaming with the number of ranges you are currently sculpting. It seems every time a new company pops up you're the sculptor!

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2012 3:11 p.m. PST

Knowing Paul personally, it's hard to be objective, but I think he is an extremely talented sculptor and belongs to the higher tiers of the hobby. And he's a thoroughly nice bloke as well.

ancientsgamer Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2012 3:25 p.m. PST

Hmmm, last I checked, Tom Meier is still sculpting…
Mike Broadbent, Mark Fenlon and a few others spring to mind too. Anthony Barton…

If you are speaking towards a particular size/scale then the list probably narrows a bit. I do believe the Perry brothers to be very talented and prodigious sculptors. Getting it done well and fast is not easy….

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2012 3:29 p.m. PST

For me, it's a toss-up between the Perrys and Mr. Hicks. The only problem I have with Mr. Hicks is that he seems to be committed to so many ranges that progress is slow on many of them.

But I have to have some of those Poles! Can't wait for the lancers to come out.

wehrmacht06 Dec 2012 3:36 p.m. PST

+1 to the OP, I love Paul's stuff.

I have a question regarding the lancer in the top photo at right. Does his right hand look like it's the wrong way round? Looks like the model has been assembled wrong, the back of his hand should be facing out from his body rather than inwards.



ComradeCommissar Inactive Member06 Dec 2012 3:46 p.m. PST

He is definitely in the top tier. Only him and the Perrys will make be start a new project I never would have just by the beautiful figures they sculpt.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2012 3:55 p.m. PST

The hand appears to be correct. The figure has simply moved his hand from a low thrust to a high thrust. Moving the back of the hand to face outwards would require the rider to reposition his hand while mounted and in combat.

wehrmacht06 Dec 2012 4:19 p.m. PST

@79th PA

OK, I see what you mean. It still hurts my hand to put it in that pose though – I think maybe it works better with the elbow extended further. It might just be the angle of the photograph.



oldnorthstate06 Dec 2012 4:48 p.m. PST

The most prolific sculptor at work today is Chris Hughes who works on Old Glory 28mm and 15mm, Sash and Saber 28mm and 40mm. Paul is very good but….


45thdiv06 Dec 2012 4:59 p.m. PST

I met Paul about four years ago. Nice man. I have always liked his sculpting and he gets better and faster with every new sculpt. I don't know if I would say any one of the top sculptors are better than each other. It is thanks to their skill and the ability to keep a schedule that lets us enjoy all these well done figures in eras that no one would have been gaming even 10 years ago.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2012 5:12 p.m. PST

^^^This. We are blessed with more than one fantastic sculptors.

Porkmann Inactive Member06 Dec 2012 5:18 p.m. PST

Who did the Ebor WSS? Those are splendid.

Maddaz111 Inactive Member06 Dec 2012 6:25 p.m. PST

I have to say I think that to say any one of the top flight of sculptors are very good and 28mm is very well served at the moment.

I am biased since I have had one top sculptor do work for my company and I think he is as good as the Perrys.

But some top work by sculptors in smaller scales also needs rewarding as well – Splintered Light are pretty nice …

I think certain sculptors styles have influenced the next generation, and this is most seen in some very poor new figures in some ranges that are attempts by less talented hacks to imitate the epic work done by in house sculptors of great renown.

Space Monkey06 Dec 2012 6:59 p.m. PST

I'm trying to imagine what Warhammer would look like if Tom Meier had done all the sculpting…

Maddaz111 Inactive Member06 Dec 2012 7:09 p.m. PST

I do not know what (it) would have looked like – but I can certainly say that I might have owned more of it than I do at present

thehawk06 Dec 2012 7:14 p.m. PST

I'd use the ECW figures although the helmets look slighlty weird. I would not use the infantry – arms unnaturally short and heads too big.

Sparker Inactive Member06 Dec 2012 7:23 p.m. PST

Well without detracting from the talented work of the gentlemen named above, noting only that the reknowned Antony Barton works in predominantly in 18mm; I would like to add an honourable mention to Peter Fitzgerald of Calpe Miniatures. Peter has sculpting prowess of no mean account which combined with the prodigious research effort that goes into each and every one of his figures, results in Late Napoleonic War Prussians that are second to none….


nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Dec 2012 7:31 p.m. PST

We certainly are blessed with a wide array of talented sculptors in 28 mm Historicals.

When I began Kings MT. Minis, I chose the extremely talented Alan Marsh to do my Highlanders. I could not have made a better choice. The sculpts have been met with universal acclaim from everyone who has purchased them.
The best AWI figures painter that I know of (Giles Allison, Tarleton's Quarter) even devoted a 5 part series on his blog to them.

Alan also sculpted Eureka's Ragged Contentials series that is just outstanding.

All of the above mentioned names are excellent. Alan Marsh belongs in there.

Pizzagrenadier06 Dec 2012 8:58 p.m. PST

They are all great, and I would add Kostas Heristanidis who does the modern sculpts (and other stuff I think) for Eureka miniatures to the list.

Baron Trapdoor Inactive Member06 Dec 2012 10:20 p.m. PST

Brian Nelson (GW) hands down.

Conquest Miniatures Inactive Member06 Dec 2012 10:20 p.m. PST

Paul Hick is a ne'er do-well wot currently sports a big scary mustache and likes to violently roll around in the mud. Curse him I say!!!



phicks107 Dec 2012 1:08 a.m. PST

You have me to a Tee Eric.

Thank you very much to you all. I'm very humbled by your comments.

axabrax07 Dec 2012 7:35 a.m. PST

Does there really have to be one painter to rule them all? We are talking about apples and oranges when it comes to sculpting style, for instance, in comparing TM with any of the Foundry style sculptors. Paul does good facial likenesses, which is a rare talent, and his stuff is very reminiscent (and a successor of) the Perry style, which I love. I will certainly get excited about any range that Paul sculpts. My favorite sculptor, hwoever, is still Mark Copplestone, but I wouldn't claim him to be "the best" as his style is very distinctive. BTW, the Conquest sculptor is pretty amazing too! >;D

richarDISNEY Inactive Member07 Dec 2012 9:26 a.m. PST

Those are really impressive…

Can you do Modern troops? (I can dream…)

LeadLair76 Inactive Member07 Dec 2012 9:52 a.m. PST

I will throw in my hat for Paul Muller. Doesn't do historicals that I know of but pretty amazing sculptor.

Shark Six Three Zero Inactive Member07 Dec 2012 2:06 p.m. PST

Sounds like a TMP poll in the making.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2012 3:38 p.m. PST

And all of a sudan they'll call him hicks pasha…

Settler Inactive Member07 Dec 2012 5:35 p.m. PST

I like the work of Paul Hicks very much, particularly his range for Tsuba Miniatures.

eboracomb Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Dec 2012 12:50 p.m. PST

Your right Porkman paul is the sculptor of my Ebor WSS range which are oustanding sculpts and Paul's a great guy to deal with so a winner al round.
cheers Nick

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2012 1:26 p.m. PST

Just received some Ebor WSS figures and they are indeed outstanding!

Silurian09 Dec 2012 10:00 a.m. PST

I love the character that Mr. Hicks manages to put into all of his faces. Quite a talent.

HussarL Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2012 7:29 p.m. PST

Chris Hughes is good, but can't compare to Paul Hicks. I own both miniatures to compare with to say this.

Sidney Fiddler Inactive Member17 Dec 2012 12:20 a.m. PST

Sean Judd working for Gringos 40 is the new the
kid on the block.
Very low profile.
His 28mm stuff has to make him in the top 3.

YankeePedlar01 Inactive Member17 Dec 2012 12:50 a.m. PST

Since "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" I find this kind of post rather empty of meaning. Hicks just one of very many talents we are blessed with.

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