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Personal logo Dale Hurtt Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Feb 2013 2:09 p.m. PST

Does anyone know what miniatures manufacturers have Mesoamericans compatible with the Aztec line by Tin Soldier (UK)?

I tried TAG 28mm and they are noticeably taller, which is fine for a few tall lads, or separate units, but not much for mixing.

Does anyone know about the sizes of Monday Knight Productions? They are listed as 25mm, so I am hopeful, but as I will probably be mixing in 28mm, I don't want them smaller than Tin Soldier (which will comprise the bulk of my forces … unless I go crazy here!)

Outpost's figures are listed as 28mm, but who knows what that means these days. They really look great though. They also have all kinds of Mesoamericans, not just Aztecs, so I probably have to order some non-Aztecs just on principle.

I see that Eureka Miniatures also has Aztecs in 28mm. Anyone know how they compare? They have an awesome Caymen that I will probably have to get.

I have read that Naismith Designs used to do 25mm Aztecs, but I cannot find a source for them. Only for the 15mm line.

Then there is Foundry Miniatures. I have always heard they are larger and chunky, so I am skeptical about their ability to mix, even as a separate unit, with 25mm figures.

I never got a sense that Ral Partha's Aztecs and Incas were all that good (I could be remembering this wrong, however), but that they are 25mm and not so chunky (like Tin Soldier's are). Can anyone shed some light on that? Pictures on eBay are too ill defined.

Anything that I missed (that is still produced)?

I did find a thread about 28mm Aztecs – TMP link – and someone else did ask about Tin Soldier miniatures, but no one really said whether the suggestions were size compatible.

If you haven't seen Tin Soldier figures, but know how something compares to TAG, that would be just as helpful as I have some of those for comparison. Basically anything smaller than TAG would probably do.

Thanks in advance for any help. I am really digging researching into Mesoamerican warfare. I am using Saga for my rules (so far) te represent those "surges" and "probes" forward of the battleline, looking for (or creating) weakenesses in the enemy battleline.


zippyfusenet Inactive Member18 Feb 2013 3:07 p.m. PST

Ral Partha Aztecs and Incas are tiny, even for 25mm figures. Tin Soldier Aztecs are way larger than Parthas. I own both brands of Aztec.

Super Mosca Inactive Member18 Feb 2013 5:43 p.m. PST

I sculpted the Eureka Aztecs, and they will be too tall to match the Tin Soldier range.


zippyfusenet Inactive Member18 Feb 2013 5:47 p.m. PST

I also happen to have a bag of unpainted Foundry Aztecs. I just dug them out and compared them to my Tin Soldier Aztecs. You know that Foundry ranges vary in size. These Foundrys are definitely 28mm figures, but they're not the biggest Foundry has ever produced. In heft they're very similar to the Tin Soldiers, similar circumference for chest, limbs, hands. Weapons and shields are also similarly sized. The Foundrys run 2-3mm taller than the Tin Soldiers. I think if you mix them in a unit, they'll look like tall guys and short guys. If you don't find another line that's a better match to your Tin Soldiers, the Foundry Aztecs might work.

zippyfusenet Inactive Member18 Feb 2013 5:49 p.m. PST

Kosta, did you sculpt your Aztecs to match Foundry's?

Personal logo Dale Hurtt Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Feb 2013 6:41 p.m. PST

Thanks all. That is a good start. I have some Ral Partha Aztecs on order, so not good to hear. May end up selling them off.

Very good to hear that the Foundry figures are close enough. I hope Foundry does not get rid of them (given the recent news) before I can get a few!

Too bad to hear about the Eurekas. Those Caymen Knights are cool Super Mosca!

Super Mosca Inactive Member18 Feb 2013 7:33 p.m. PST

Zippy: No, I had not set eyes upon any Foundry Aztecs when I started the Eureka range, so did not set out to match any other range.

Dale Hurtt: Thanks fot the kind words. I have had a long interest in Mesoamerican history and loved sculpting them.
Best of luck with your Aztec project!


Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2013 9:15 a.m. PST

I'm no help either, Dale.

My Aztecs are Eureka, Foundry, TAG and Outpost. Stylistically, they are all different, but I happily mix and match them without too much complaint.

I'm afraid I have no experience with Ral Partha or Tin Soldiers, Naismith, or Acheson.

artslave Inactive Member19 Feb 2013 10:06 a.m. PST

I have a lot of Naismith Aztecs, and they blend beautifully with my Tin Soldier figs. I started this period with those Naismith, but they are long gone now, as far as I know. The Ral Partha were way too small for my taste. A few filtered in would be fine. I have a bunch of packs of Naismith Aztec, Mayan and Inca that I will never get painted. Not enough of them to make an army, and I already have lots of Tin Soldier Aztecs finished. I have offered these in flea markets, but this no takers.

zippyfusenet Inactive Member19 Feb 2013 3:49 p.m. PST

Pity you're not a Supporting Member, artslave. You could post your Naismith left-overs in the Marketplace and maybe turn lead into gold. Or if you were a Supporting Member I could PM you and ask your price. On a thread like this, I'll often suggest that someone PM or email me about my redundant goods that seem to meet someone else's need.

But, since you're not a Supporting Member and I don't have your email address, I'd have to openly ask you right here what you have to offer and what price you want. And that would be a violation of the TOS. So I won't do it. It would just be wrong.

My email address is zippy-at-fuse-dot-net if you want to further discuss the advantages of Supporting Membership.

artslave Inactive Member19 Feb 2013 5:23 p.m. PST

Thanks, zippy. I have been a supporting member in the past. Perhaps you can persuade me. Let me see if I can find my list of things so you get an idea of what sort of benefit I might get out of coming back. Or just maybe you would like to see the list, either way.

Personal logo Dale Hurtt Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Feb 2013 7:18 p.m. PST

If Naismith fits with Tin Soldier, I would definitely like to see a list! I can trade you some Ral Partha's if you like! grin

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