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Hal Thinglum Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2017 12:23 p.m. PST

Just noticed that Tim Soldier has a rather nice, though small (16 foot figures), line of 25mm ECW. I am doing 25mm Minifig ECW just starting out and wonder if anyone has compared the two lines? Thanks Hal

Timmo uk08 Jan 2017 1:32 p.m. PST

Hal,

Have you got a link to the Tin Soldier range? I do ECW with Minifigs 25mm (I make lots of conversions and add extra details) but have never found another range to match them. These 16 foot figures sound intriguing.

Henry Hyde has a huge collection of unpainted Minifigs ECW for sale at a very good price you may be interested.

SJDonovan Inactive Member08 Jan 2017 3:44 p.m. PST

Hi Timmo,

If you can find them the old Garrison range (now sadly out of production) is an excellent match in both size and style for the Minifigs ECW range.

Mac163809 Jan 2017 5:22 a.m. PST

Garrison/Greenwood and Ball what a beautiful range and stands up pretty well for figure that are over 40 years old.

The chunkiness of the Minifigs infantry will make mixing difficult, but very little will mixes well with 25mm Minifigs Cavalry and their big fat asses.

Timmo uk09 Jan 2017 6:48 a.m. PST

Thank you both.

Minifigs ECW infantry varies across the range. Some are quite slender and others very chunky. Proportionally speaking, horses aside, they are no worse than many rather more recently designed ranges that often tend to have heads that are too big – just as Minifigs do.

I'd love to have an 28mm ECW collection but I have far too many 25mm done to consider starting again. With about 250 cavalry the price and time alone just to do them is not worth thinking about. I don't think I have enough life years left and too many other projects to consider.

The downside of modern 28mm, as I found out with my Sudan Perry project, is they have so much detail that they take so long to paint. I have started some Perry figures and they do look wonderful but I'm sure the time would be better spend directed at another part of my collection. I'm slowly working my way through replacing Minifigs 15mm Naps with ABs.

Hal Thinglum Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

Thanks to everyone who responded. I appreciate it. I just purchased a large number of Minifig ECW only to find out they are the very early ECW; the ones, I believe, which replaced the old Minifig 'S' Range.

SJDonovan Inactive Member20 Jan 2017 2:56 a.m. PST

Hi Hal,

I thought Minifigs has only done two 25mm ECW ranges: the 'S' Range and the current one. I think the current range was originally made as one piece castings (so the pikes were cast with the figures) but later they were converted to open-handed figures so you could use separate weapons. However, as far as I am aware the figures stayed the same.

Hal Thinglum Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 6:10 p.m. PST

Mr. Donovan – I stand corrected. They are, indeed, Minifig 'S' Range. Thank you.

Timmo uk18 Feb 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

I'm not sure at what point Minifigs changed the second range to open hands. For some figures this is a bonus but for others the replacements were never as good as the originals an officer advancing with a pistol held ready to fire and an armoured officer with sword held aloft, are two such castings.

4D Jones19 Feb 2017 2:58 a.m. PST

Timmo:

You can find a link to Tin Soldier through the Manufacturers Page on this site. Their ECW range seems a tad too energetic to be compatible with Minifigs.

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