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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 Mar 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

Who makes the best figures for Ancient Chinese armies in 15mm scale?

Skeptic11 Mar 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

Which dynasty?

RudyNelson11 Mar 2017 4:52 p.m. PST

Skeptic is right. In 15mm it all depends on which dynasty. Han will be one company and Ming another. Some older companies have better ranges in this scale, Asgard/Viking Forge, museum, etc.

Sobieski Inactive Member11 Mar 2017 5:42 p.m. PST

Ming are not, however, ancient.

JMcCarroll Inactive Member11 Mar 2017 5:58 p.m. PST

Let's say the Shang dynasty

goragrad11 Mar 2017 10:48 p.m. PST

I haven't actually purchased any, but for Ch'in/Han Gladiator has the old Metal Magic line sculpted by Josef Ochman. They have gotten good reviews for quality and historical accuracy. I do have other Metal Magic/Gladiator miniatures sculpted by Ochman and am very happy with them.

Essex has new T'ang that look pretty good on the web.

I like Chariot and Viking Forge/Asgard, but their ranges are based on the Greer Armies and Enemies of China and are unfortunately not historically accurate.

For Ch'in/Han Museum is good.

goragrad11 Mar 2017 11:56 p.m. PST

Additionally, I like Tabletop's other ranges, but have only seen rather small pictures on the Battleline (the only manufacturer carrying them at this time) website of the Han range. They do appear to be a more recent sculpt than the Chariot or Viking Forge lines and to be based on more recent archeology.

Hazza31B12 Mar 2017 12:13 a.m. PST

My Qin Chinese all from essex. Not bad but the xbow man were a little on the large compared to the other figures.


goragrad12 Mar 2017 4:27 a.m. PST

I just finagled four of those crossbowmen on a 20x40mm base – the crossbows are definitely a bit wide…

Redcurrant12 Mar 2017 12:50 p.m. PST

My own opinion on figures for various Chinese dynasties

Shang – Essex, as I do not know any other manufacturer
Chin – Essex, although I object to having to pay extra for a shield.
Han – Essex
Sui – possibly the new range from Essex, but if Outpost Wargames had better positions for their heavy infantry it would have been them – excellent cataphracts.
Early Tang – Outpost Wargames, great cavalry. but need extra infantry
Later Tang – Khurasan – although their infantry shields look far too narrow.
Song – Khurasan again

Steve J

dragon612 Mar 2017 3:58 p.m. PST

Hazza31B the robed figure in the center front chariot, which pack number is he?

Northern and Southern Dynasties – Essex
I think the late figures are also usable as Sui and early Early T'ang.

I think the Khurasan T'ang are good for late Early T'ang, say about 754 AD

I really like the Khurasan Sung

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

"Hazza31B the robed figure in the center front chariot, which pack number is he?"
I think he is in CHN1 and CHN2.

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