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06 Sep 2017 1:10 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Dec 2016 12:00 p.m. PST

Who is the best sculptor working in 15mm Ancients today?

JeffGrein Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2016 1:34 p.m. PST

Andy Cooper at West Wind has done a fantastic job on the War and Empire range of 15mm Ancients.

Swampking20 Dec 2016 1:43 p.m. PST

I would have to agree. It's a shame Andy doesn't try his hand at the Bronze Age. I'd love to see his take on the Trojan War!

CATenWolde Inactive Member20 Dec 2016 2:17 p.m. PST

Rodrick Campbell's work on the Splintered Light historical ranges has to rank near the top.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2016 2:40 p.m. PST

The sculptor who did the Chariot ranges is/was excellent.

Oh Bugger Inactive Member20 Dec 2016 3:49 p.m. PST

Depends what you like and I'm as fickle as the rest of you but-for ticking every box it is "Clibanarium'.

dwight shrute20 Dec 2016 3:49 p.m. PST

The xyston IMHO figures are pretty much top of the pile .

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2016 4:04 p.m. PST

I would have to second Jeffgrein's mention of Andy, nice figures there. I would have to second Swampkings call for Andy to do 15mm Trojan War……Another Kickstarter?

Benvartok Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2016 5:08 p.m. PST

Xyston and War and Empire are pretty darn good. But a tick as well for some of the Essex ranges, the hunnic horses especially!

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Dec 2016 5:14 p.m. PST

Lots of love for Anonymous?

Prince Alberts Revenge20 Dec 2016 8:04 p.m. PST

Josef Ochmann, who sculpyed the old Gladiator biblical range.

maverick290920 Dec 2016 8:58 p.m. PST

Andy and Rodrick are at the forefront of top sculpts in this day and age. I've purchased extensively from both West Wind and Splintered Light over the last year. My only bone to pick is neither company does medievals and I'd love a range of WotR from either of them!

goragrad20 Dec 2016 11:01 p.m. PST

I'll second Josef Ochmann.

I have some Metal Magic Historical Heroes minis still in blisters from ebay a few years ago waiting for me to get good enough to do them justice.

Not sure how the molds are holding up at Gladiator on the minis they picked up from Metal Magic, but they are on my buy list, really like the Scyth horse archers.

His Medieval sculpts are all great too.

Emphatz21 Dec 2016 12:07 a.m. PST

Not sure who the Bluemoon sculptor is, but there minis are Fantastic! my top 5:

1) Bluemoon
2) Splintered light
3) Peter Pig
4) Khurasun
5) Battlefront

Peter Pig and Khurasun …very close, Battlefront are lucky to get in too many quality control issues there.

Just my opinion

Black Hat Miniatures21 Dec 2016 2:17 a.m. PST


Molds are still good and we remake the ones that aren't….


ashill2 Inactive Member21 Dec 2016 9:53 a.m. PST

I like most of the Xyston ranges and some of the Essex ranges. Depending on where you draw the line datewise for ancients, I would also mention Mirliton's crusader and Alexander Nevsky ranges. Although I don't have their figures, some of the ranges from Legio Heroica and Khurassan look very nice too.

JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2016 2:22 p.m. PST

I'd second West Wind and Legio Heroica, both very nice ranges, plus Corvus Belli (if they ever get back to production – or expansion?)
I too would like to see Bronze Age/Biblicals from West Wind for their next range.

Tiberius21 Dec 2016 10:14 p.m. PST

AB figures
Ancient Greek, Roman and Sassinid ranges, just beautiful

goragrad22 Dec 2016 7:17 p.m. PST

Mike -

On my wish list, but hadn't actually ordered from you (or Scale Creep) to confirm.

Good to read.

Delbruck22 Dec 2016 7:51 p.m. PST

Anthony Baton is probably the best 15/18mm sculptor, ever, but I wish he did more ancients. Mike Lovejoy did a real nice job with some of his Xyston sculpts. I particularly like his Scythian range.

TMMeier Inactive Member11 Jan 2017 9:26 p.m. PST

I did this guy for Khurasan.

Swampking03 Feb 2017 4:50 a.m. PST


Great job – lots of character! Have you thought about sculpting a 'Trojan Wars' range?

Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member03 Feb 2017 7:13 a.m. PST

The Blue Moon sculptor these days is Chris Hughes.

TMMeier Inactive Member05 Feb 2017 6:41 a.m. PST

@Swampking, I'd like to make all sorts of things but unfortunately it would be a good way to go broke. The changes in demographics and markets in the past 30 years have made it very difficult to sell this kind of work profitably. I did these for Khurasan more for the fun of seeing how well I could make some 15mm stuff in a reasonable amount of time.

clibinarium05 Feb 2017 5:24 p.m. PST

Those Romans are amazing, the mail is twice as dense as anything I can manage. Without being told what size they are I doubt anyone would guess they are 15mm.

Tom, I know the feeling "I'd like to make all sorts of things but unfortunately it would be a good way to go broke". I find it very difficult to make a living as a sculptor, without even considering indulging my personal interests, and there was a thread the other day asking whether we've reached "Peak Miniatures" i.e. all the lines that can be produced, have been. I don't really believe that but wonder whether the threat lies in the profitability of the industry (certainly from a sculptor's point of view) makes it hardly worth bothering any more?

Tom D108 Feb 2017 11:12 a.m. PST

Is there more than one West Wind? the only 15s I see on the website are WWII, and the rest are 28s.

Tom D108 Feb 2017 11:16 a.m. PST

Sorry. I see its actually Forged in Battle

arsbelli08 Feb 2017 12:48 p.m. PST

I'll second the nomination of Chris Hughes at Blue Moon Manufacturing, for his consistently excellent work.

Snowcat12 Feb 2017 5:34 p.m. PST

I'm still staring at those Romans by Tom. I need a bigger dictionary to adequately describe that level of skill. So for now I'll settle for 'Wow'.

Peithetairos20 Feb 2017 9:07 p.m. PST

Agreed, those Republican Romans look ace. Tom, do you know per chance when those wil be released? Did you sculpt enough for an infantry based army (Hastati, Princeps, Triarii?). Those are the best 15mm Romans I evr saw. Truely stunning work. However, you already know that you rock.

Now some Carthaginians to go with them and I sell my entire collection of 15mm stuff and start again…

TMMeier Inactive Member21 Feb 2017 4:40 a.m. PST

I made two throwing pilums, two with swords out, the centurion shown, a signifier and cornicen. He wants me to do more, cavalry and such but I don't know when I will get to it. Like I said, the work doesn't pay.

Peithetairos25 Feb 2017 7:02 p.m. PST

Thank you Tom for the reply. Fair enough, fully understand your reasoning. I guess I buy a bunch, so that Khurasan can pay you more ;). Gladly time is really no a factor in this hobby. I just really like your work and I am happy with whatever you decide to sculpt!

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