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09 Dec 2012 1:10 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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HussarL Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2012 10:30 a.m. PST

I've received their most recent newsletter. Imire/Risley Miniatures has relocated and back in business doing mail order only. Most of their miniatures prices have been reduced. Free shipping until December 31.

Chef Lackey Rich Fezian Inactive Member09 Dec 2012 11:14 a.m. PST

Wow, no kidding? Didn't see that coming.

Garde de Paris09 Dec 2012 11:27 a.m. PST

I am delighted to see them as a source for Humbrol paints. If the Humbrols are as good as they were 15-20 years ago, I may go back to them, and abandon acrylics. They covered in one coat.


HussarL Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2012 11:36 a.m. PST

Humbrol is an excellent paint. I used their gloss to paint my toy soldiers years ago. May give their flat paint a try for my 28mm Napoleonic.

95thRegt09 Dec 2012 12:07 p.m. PST

Wow! I picked up a few of their AWI figures on ebay over the years. They were my introduction to miniatures. My Dad would buy them for me from the old Soldier Shop in NYC back in the mid 70's. They were $3.95 USD back then! I also have collected a number of their catalogs.
Great news.


Garde de Paris09 Dec 2012 12:57 p.m. PST

I still have a couple tins of French Blue (French Napoleonic ["Navy Blue"] infantry blue); French Artillery Green (I used for my French Napoleonic guns); and German Light Blue, which I used to paint Old Glory 15mm Prussian Cuirassiers (allegedly wrong!). I understand that light blue is best for Napoleonic Prussian dragoons. A drop or two of normal turpentine has kept them "alive," although I used too much recently in the light blue, and it is gone.

The matt paints are excellent for model figures.

I still have several unpainted, unassembled I/R 54mm French napoleonic infantry, which I bought about the time I dog hooked by wargaming. I found painting a figure I could use in the gaming was much more satisfying that a 54mm sitting on a shelf. Wife like the decoration, and now admits that 36 smaller figures with tricolor, officer, drummer, 6 grenadiers, 6 voltiguers, and the rest fusiliers make a great decoration marching across a line of books on a shelf.


heavyhorse Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2012 3:08 p.m. PST

glad to hear about this..I bought a few figures for myself from their shop in the late seventies and a source for humbrol paint too !!since Iam getting back into painting I had hoped these were still available

HistoryPhD Inactive Member09 Dec 2012 3:13 p.m. PST

A large proportion of my paints are Humbrols. Used them for 40 years. Always were the best paints

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2012 4:12 p.m. PST

Great! I just sold off collection yesterday.

95thRegt09 Dec 2012 4:45 p.m. PST

The Soldier Shop sold a line of paints for IR figures.Called I/R Military Colors. I had pretty much all of them back in the day. Not great paint by todays standards,but at the time they were the standard.


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2012 7:55 p.m. PST

Didn't know that IR would be back in production.

I still have a couple of original 'Hellenic' 54's,
the name before Clyde and Bill joined forces.

Also one or two Bill Murray Russian Napoleonic 54's.

My, how time flies…

HussarL Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2012 8:57 p.m. PST

I got my first I/R miniatures from The Soldier Shop in my teens. Time flies!
Helen Imire, Bill's wife runs the business now. A very nice lady!

Esquire Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2012 6:18 a.m. PST

Glad to see them back on the market. I still purchase and paint 54mm. My wargaming buddies don't understand, but once it gets under your skin. But I am worried about the price. New Hope Design 54mm, through Dunkins, are about $16 USDUS. New Hope kits always have outstanding sculpting. Kits from Tradition (if I compare IR to Traditon I say they are comparable) are $11 USD to $12 USDUS, as I recall. If I understood the website correctly, the IR kits are $20 USDUS a piece. I already purchased and painted all the Highlanders that I want and need, but always happy to buy more of other things, and I will do so.

HussarL Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2012 9:53 a.m. PST

Esquire, their miniatures have been reduced to $17 USD per figure and you'll get free shipping until December 31. Spoke to Helen about free shipping, she will refund the shipping cost back to you. She said "The web is not in sync with my mail order offers yet". Right now you'll get 15% off everything on their site.

Esquire Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2012 7:27 p.m. PST

Great figures and they are on my buy list. Hope the market agrees.

Widowson12 Dec 2012 1:15 p.m. PST

They used to offer a pair of figures, Lee and Jackson mounted at Chancelorsville. I do not see a Jackson figure on offer. Did they get rid of him?

HussarL Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2012 12:00 a.m. PST

If you don't see what you want, you can email them at
I am sure they can get it for you.

HussarL Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2012 10:21 a.m. PST

I/R still offers Stonewall Jackson #3032 with binoculars, #3033 with sword. Both are mounted figures. With free postage it is a good deal. They send priority mail which is great, I received my order in 3 days time.

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