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Volunteer Fezian Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 7:02 p.m. PST

Does anyone know of any US suppliers of 2mm 18th or 19th century figures? All I can find is Irregular Miniatures Ltd. in the UK and no US distributors.

warwell05 Jan 2013 7:18 p.m. PST

Silver Eagle ( ) is the US distributor for Irregular. They are a reliable company.

HistoryPhD Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 7:29 p.m. PST

I second Silver Eagle. Jacob is a very nice guy and very helpful

Volunteer Fezian Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 8:28 p.m. PST

They don't show 2mm listed. Just 6mm/10mm.

HistoryPhD Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 8:43 p.m. PST

Just email them. Jacob can get anything Irregular makes

Macunaima Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 8:44 p.m. PST

I second Silver Eagle. Orderd a lot of 2mm from them back in 2005 and everything came through just fine.

Usrivoy305 Jan 2013 8:47 p.m. PST

Check under "The Long and the Short" on Silver Eagle. Its all listed there….


combatpainter Fezian Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 9:28 p.m. PST

Supermarket sells rice doesn't it? ")


Volunteer Fezian Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 10:03 p.m. PST


Fantastic! Thank you.

ancientsgamer Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2013 11:53 p.m. PST

I would recommend going with the 3mm Pico stuff, actually. You can really tell what it is and it isn't much bigger….

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Jan 2013 5:19 a.m. PST

The OO 1/600th figures are much larger (about 60-70%) than IM 2mm. Also they are all individual figures and so considerably slower to paint.

The two products both have their uses but they are VERY different.

Nasty Canasta Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 8:30 a.m. PST

"Lighthouse For The Blind" I believe.

Volunteer Fezian Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 1:44 p.m. PST

Just placed an order with Silver Eagle. I'm really anxious to see what these look like.

Macunaima Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 6:26 p.m. PST

Rice is actually about 4mm tall. You can see a comparison shot here:

TMP link

Macunaima Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 6:30 p.m. PST

Just underlining what Tony says: the differences between 2mm and 3mm are quite noticeable.

I use 2mm for gaming with Brigade-sized stands (mostly Volley & Bayonet). I use 3mm for tactical rule sets such as LaSalle and Black Powder.

Macunaima Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 7:39 p.m. PST

At over 4mm a grain, rice is MUCH too large for the serious micro-scale enthusiast. If you're going to use rice, you might as well use 6mm figs. And if you're going to go with 6mm figs, it's a short, slippery slope to giant 32mm figs and Games Workshop having a permanent lien on your bank account!

Campaigner1 Inactive Member12 Jan 2013 4:00 p.m. PST

Can I use Lentils for fat soldiers? :P

devsdoc13 Jan 2013 3:10 a.m. PST

O.K. this is out of the left field!!!! You will need the help of a lady firend. You can get plastic hair-rollers/curlers with hunderds of very small teeth/spikes on them. Hunderds of years ago we would cut the curler up into blocks and lines and wargame with them. I think this could be a way to man 1:1200 ships and harbours
A mad Rory

devsdoc13 Jan 2013 5:30 a.m. PST

Been hunting around for the rollers/curlers. They are called "Stohr Rollers", the best one's are called "cut-a-roller" they come in long tubes and the Hairdresser (by the way that is my job) cuts the length they wish to use. for line or small groups of figures use the smaller size curler (cheaper), for blocks or columns of figures use the larger size curler as they are flatter when cut. Spray them black, dark blue or red for british. The teeth/spikes are no bigger then Langtons 1:1200 boat-crews Go to Amazon (I was in the UK one) and type stohr rollers and have a look.
A maybe not so mad Rory

Macunaima Inactive Member17 Jan 2013 11:04 a.m. PST

Devsdoc, why use rollers when there is perfectly serviceable and cheap 2mm and 3mm stuff on the market?

devsdoc18 Jan 2013 5:09 a.m. PST

Your are right, but people are talking about useing rice. You can make a French Division from a part of one roller for (sorry) peanuts. In the old days 1960's and 1970's we had no "servicable and cheap 2mm and 3mm stuff on the market".We would use small blocks of painted wood or the rollers not painted. You could get 45mm figs or 20mm Hinton Hunt figs. For a 10/11 year old way to expensive. The frist Airfix A.W.I figs followed by the Waterloo figs openned a new world to us. In the mid 1970's I started useing 25mm minifigs and in the 1980's 15mm Minifigs. So looking at the men in Langton's "attack boat" crews I would still stand by the rollers if I wished to model crew on a ship or people a harbour in 1:1200

Macunaima Inactive Member19 Jan 2013 9:16 a.m. PST

Rice is far too big, man. It's, like 4-5mm tall! :) Roller tounges are also much larger than 2mm.

devsdoc19 Jan 2013 7:31 p.m. PST

"then cut it,
Dear Macunaima, dear Macunaima,
Just cut it,
Dear Macaunaima dear Macuaima,
cut it".
Sung to "a hole in my bucket". Man.

Macunaima Inactive Member26 Jan 2013 8:01 a.m. PST

Also, rice gets the facings, buttons and turnbacks wrong.

John Thomas826 Jan 2013 10:54 p.m. PST

Cut the rice grains in half, double the size of your army for nothing.

devsdoc27 Jan 2013 7:05 a.m. PST

I think we have hijacked Your topic! Sorry! It been fun, but I hope your 2mm fig's work.
best wishes

Volunteer Fezian Inactive Member27 Jan 2013 10:10 a.m. PST

It's OK Rory. I have enjoyed reading it. I've been practising painting little faces on the rice to get myself ready for the 2mm stuff to arrive.

Macunaima Inactive Member31 Jan 2013 10:18 a.m. PST

Hell, man, if you're gonna paint rice, you might as well be using 6mm figs. Rice is for wimps! ;)

4th Cuirassier31 Jan 2013 5:31 p.m. PST

I'm baffled at the idea that you need troop-specific 2mm miniatures. Can't you just use crumbs?

ACW Gamer Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2013 5:12 p.m. PST

I have a handful of 2mm from Irregular if you are interested. PM me if interested.

Dave Crowell21 Mar 2013 6:37 p.m. PST

Check out Gildas Facit's 2mm web page, And Tony' he offers an outstanding 2mm painting service. I still get a lot of use out of he WSS armies I got from him.

Ordering direct from Irregular has also provided consistently good service.

Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2013 7:42 p.m. PST

Use counters

Dave Crowell22 Mar 2013 5:02 a.m. PST

To those who persist in saying "use counters" when the subject of 2mm comes up, "get glasses"! ;)

Volunteer Fezian Inactive Member22 Mar 2013 8:10 a.m. PST

I primarily wanted the 2MM troops, wagons, limbers, artillary, etc. for use with my 1:1200 Napoleonic ships and terrain. The troops and wagons are close, but the buildings and forts are way too small, more suited for 1:2400. I still haven't built up the courage to try to paint them.

Bandit Inactive Member22 Mar 2013 12:39 p.m. PST

I entered a strange and foreign world when I opened this thread.


The Bandit

Darkoath Inactive Member01 May 2013 6:09 p.m. PST

Wow I can't really see any detail at all on the 2mm figures… How would you paint them? I have to use an opti-visor now for 10mm miniatures… My eyes are getting old hehehe!

devsdoc01 May 2013 10:35 p.m. PST

Vol, One part of me says go on paint them you can do it. the other part of me says DON'T. I know they will be done so well. Then you will think up better ways of doing them, and we would lose you to 2mm figs.
Be safe

Painter Jim Inactive Member13 May 2013 4:28 p.m. PST

Painting should be a breeze

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