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Wargamer Dave17 Dec 2016 2:03 p.m. PST

10mm has come a long way (like other scales) over the last 5-6 years. If Perry and Footsore and Claymore are the height of 28mm historical sculpting in terms of ascetics…what is the equivalent in 10mm?

Who is making truly beautiful 10mm models these days?

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2016 2:09 p.m. PST

I've always thoughBlack Cat FPW and Zulu War were very nice, and GHQ's Rebellion ACW range.

mollinary17 Dec 2016 2:37 p.m. PST

Pendraken War of the League of Augsburg.


Personal logo vtsaogames Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2016 2:37 p.m. PST

Black Cat? Do you have a link?

Grunt1861 Inactive Member17 Dec 2016 2:52 p.m. PST

GHQ Micro Force both ACW and Napoleonics hands down. No one comes close.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2016 2:58 p.m. PST

vtsaogames, I'm pretty sure they don't exist anymore. Black Cat Bases is a different company.

Black Cavalier17 Dec 2016 3:27 p.m. PST

Copplestone casting fantasy

Buckeye AKA Darryl17 Dec 2016 4:07 p.m. PST

I think the Black Cat stuff must be the old Perrin/Chariot?

sjwalker38 Inactive Member17 Dec 2016 5:03 p.m. PST

Pendraken League of Augsberg sets the benchmark.

womble67 Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2016 5:51 p.m. PST

AWI by pendraken miniatures

Take care


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2016 6:07 p.m. PST

Darryl, yes, Chariot/Perrin is what I meant.

rxpjks117 Dec 2016 6:44 p.m. PST

Van Dyck miniatures are amazing.
You should check out his new Ancient Germans.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2016 11:29 p.m. PST

Perrin miniatures are still available from the Last Square.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2016 2:17 a.m. PST

Hands down, Van Dyck are the best and gets my vote! His booth includes an industrial microscope with a figure viewable. These are really crisply cast, proportional, and look great once you muster a unit.

GHQ comes in #2 for me, now.

This from an owner of a 10mm line! (AIM)


CATenWolde Inactive Member18 Dec 2016 2:57 a.m. PST

The ranges from Pendraken by "Clibinarium" – first the Late Romans, then the AWI, then the League of Augsberg – really raised the bar on what 10mm figures could offer. Unfortunately, they also raised the bar on "waiting for line to be completed, or get proper opponents." ;)

However, while the old GHQ ACW range is indeed very well done, I think the current standard are the new ACW figures by Good Ground. Much better sculpts all around, with wider variety and a more complete line – it's hard to imagine one would want anything more (okay, except cheaper prices to Europe). They look like they stepped out of a painting.

That being said … it's hard to argue with the almost insane detail of the Romans by Van Dyck. I'm frankly a little intimidated by them, and they're not even my period!

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2016 5:05 a.m. PST

I know what you mean, Chris! I picked up a few packs at Crisis of Romans (yeah, not my period either) but could not resist after seeing what his Dad did on the display figures. I already have a lot of his early WWI packs. He aluded to the WSS possibly being his next period. (I had drenched him with encouragement when he told me this!) That would be awesome!

Agree on the high quality of "Clib's" sculpting, as well! Every range seems to reach the point where a decision must be made to spend the logistics to bring out those more obscure units verses anticipated profits. While the subject matter may be tantalizing, it quickly becomes a vanity range and possible buisness failure if the sales do not come. I remember the days when I had to paint ACW figures as zouaves because none were available at the time, as proxies. That practice seems less accepted these in days of availabity of almost anything- just made by another company, maybe 1-2mm Difference in size.


Oh Bugger Inactive Member18 Dec 2016 12:36 p.m. PST

Yeah Pendraken by "Clibinarium" are a thing of beauty.

Queen Catherine Inactive Member18 Dec 2016 7:40 p.m. PST

yeah, I was going to say Pendraken's AWI or LoA. Amazing sculpts.

Never heard of the Van Dyck's the WWI are lovely, the line looks very promising. I'd be interested in more than just charging / advancing with bayonet, but these are very nice.

Far as the Romans go, they are also very nice, amazing detail. However, have to say that the sculpts are very static in pose, and I'd be looking for something with less detail but more dynamics, personally!

Sandinista21 Dec 2016 12:21 a.m. PST

Pendraken's LoA are fantastic, I have over 4,500 of the little blighters


Personal logo vtsaogames Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2016 8:17 a.m. PST

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2016 7:42 a.m. PST

Pendraken offer great sculpts on their newer ranges. Love the 1809 figures and it's Prussians for 2017.

BTW I don't like GHQ. Yes, nicely scuplted and paint up really nicely but the metal bends so easily with the muskets and the swords break off in 50% the cavalry in shipping.

flipper Inactive Member24 Dec 2016 9:50 a.m. PST


Those 'Van Dyck' figures seem to meet the criteria pretty well – in fact the detail is amazing, as are the anatomical proportions and postures (more so the WW1 range – those figures look like 18mm or even 28mm sculpts!).

As far as 'pleasing the senses' goes, though – I would be happier with a figure that I would not need to spend a lifetime painting and which would not require industrial standard magnification to see in the first place!

I would actually go the complete opposite direction and say that I prefer (and, so would consider more 'pleasing to the senses')a figure that is well cast, sturdy, reasonably well proportioned but bereft of fine detail – just that which is needed to make for a straightforward paint job.

I like the simplicity of figures such as those from 'Bend sister' and to a lesser degree Magister millitum.

I have been tempted by 10mm for a while, but at the moment nothing quite stands out – I also like the idea of the 'Old Glory' blocks (for ease of prep/painting/mounting), although the range itself does not particularly appeal.

I do agree that Pendraken figures are 'nice' sculpts, although in some cases the ranges need updating and even some of the newer releases are lacking something (cleanly sculpted/cast bayonets?).

Sorry to ramble on – in all truthfulness, the companies mentioned are to be applauded when you consider just how 'tiny' these items are – but once we started to magnify things we lost all sense of proportion (in our discussions)!

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