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trailape14 Mar 2017 2:35 a.m. PST

Just about to get into this conflict using SHARP PRACTICE rules.
So, who produces the best 28mm Miniatures for the War of 1812?

Razor7814 Mar 2017 2:42 a.m. PST

Knuckleduster miniatures has a great line of 1812 specific miniatures

torokchar Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 2:56 a.m. PST

I always go with Old Glory 28's – nice variety of poses in each pack.

malamute14 Mar 2017 3:17 a.m. PST

Depends how you define best?
Paul Hicks sculpting is considered to be some of the finest at this time and he has produced a War of 1812 range for Brigade Games.

Jamesonsafari Inactive Member14 Mar 2017 3:40 a.m. PST

Although Old Glory have a bad rap for quality, their War of 1812 line is one of their really good ones.

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 3:52 a.m. PST

Foundry, if they still make them.

My own opinion is that the Old Glory 1812 line is the best sculpted line that they produce. Not sure how good the molds are, now. I recall some sort of update a couple of years ago.

I picked up a plastic army that was really, really well done, so you may wish to look in that direction. Certainly the cheapest way to go. Victrix, I think?

Knuckleduster is excellent. Can'tgo wrong with them.

I have not ordered anything from Brigade yet, but I do plan to at some point. They look good, also.

A mix of lines would serve you best. Your spoiled for choice here. Can't really go wrong any way you choose.

Artilleryman14 Mar 2017 4:45 a.m. PST

Paul Hicks as sculpture is always a recommendation. I would go for Brigade Games Figures. Though if you are in the UK you might cut the cost by using the excellent Perry figures for most of your British and Canadian forces.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 5:04 a.m. PST

All depends on the style you like. I like Knuckleduster, OG, Foundry, Brigade. All are good. I find mix & match is always good. Just bought a bunch of OG Americans and militia. All good stuff!

axabrax14 Mar 2017 6:25 a.m. PST

Brigade Games is by far the best quality range in 28mm in my opinion. Old Glory isnt bad but the money you save is offset by the fact that they force you to buy more figures than you likely want. Quality of Knuckleduster is slightly better than Old Glory but still fairly mediocre. Foundry range is very small. If you can afford it I cant imagine doing anything other than Brigade Games as your core and supplement with the other ranges.

Camcleod14 Mar 2017 6:36 a.m. PST

I've just started forces for the W of 1812 as well.
Using Perry plastics for my British. Some Perry, conversions and Knuckleduster for Canadians. I put some top-hat Knuckleduster heads on Perry plastic bodies – they look very good.
For the U.S. I'm using Old Glory – their W1812 range is one of their best. I don't have any Brigade but have seen them – very good.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 6:53 a.m. PST

I have both the Brigade figures and Knuckleduster. While I prefer the style of the Brigade figures and like the fact that you can add on single figures to the order for some packs the Knucleduster range is good and covers a wider variety of units.

I'll be playing Sharpe Practice so didn't need lot's of figures.

AOORHB6 Inactive Member14 Mar 2017 7:14 a.m. PST

Cannot say enough about Knuckleduster miniatures. They are lovely figures, priced reasonably and well researched. Have almost everything you may want. The owner is a joy to work with. All I use for my war of 1812 project.


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 10:26 a.m. PST

I agree with most of the previous statements particularly "Depends how you define best?"

I believe I have all the known manufacturers of War of 1812 figures and agree that best sculpted by Paul Hicks is Brigade Games but the most extensive and best range is Knuckleduster.

Bohdan Khmelnytskij16 Mar 2017 5:26 p.m. PST

Knuckleduster and Foundry

trailape18 Mar 2017 3:51 a.m. PST

I'm going with Brigade for the Infantry and Old Glory for the Mounted stuff (Dragoons and Kentucky Mounted Rifles).

spontoon19 Mar 2017 8:41 a.m. PST

The old Aly Morrison figures from Foundry were nice.

Neilt101 Inactive Member20 Mar 2017 12:25 p.m. PST

Foundry are still available, just not listed on the website, drop them a line you'll be pleasantly surprised!!

BobTYW24 Mar 2017 9:57 a.m. PST

#1 Knuckleduster are great. #2 Foundry are very good

SmokieGunner Inactive Member12 Aug 2017 8:40 a.m. PST

Being of a quite robust constitution, I prefer figures that are fairly chunky and have substantial muskets and bayonets that don't break off when you sneeze.

The Old Glory sculpts of American forces for 1812 are brilliant but can vary from figure to figure. For the British and Canadians – well, the shakos are a bit oversized yet seem to all be lopsided on the figures' heads so I would stick with Old Glory for the Americans. The only really inconsitant sculpts are the Militia figures (not the Kentucky troops) which have tiny heads and hats for the most part.

Knuckleduster has some really interesting sculpts and a wide range from which to choose. I especially like the Uniformed Militia with round (top) hats. They have good American Officers with bicorne which I've chosen for my Colonels. Knuckleduster also has come out with some lovely ordnance, the beautifully designed (but probably never produced) iron 6pdrs and 12pdrs of the American Artillery arm. I just had to have some. The only thing I would say negatively is the detail can be a little lumpy in some sculpts. Perhaps this aids with dry brushing in the painting process.

Brigade Games has some of the best sculpted figures these old bifocaled eyes have ever seen. The only problem I find is the muskets and bayonets can be extremely thin with some figures and I fear for their future. (I sneeze alot in allergy season.) The sculpts of their First Nations warriors are particularly beautiful and are my favourite figures. The girth of some of the sculpts is rather slim – perhaps more anatomically correct than most producers but they will give an accurate human diversity when mixed with other figures. Afer all, not all wargamers are rotund. :-)

For British Regulars I prefer Front Rank; they're a bit pricey but of such quality that it more than makes up for shelling out a few extra shekels. The Front Rank ordnance is the best I've seen – robust and finely detailed. The axel of the piece is wire so there's little chance of the wheels breaking off during play.

For British Flank Company offices I had to go to The Foundry as they seem to be the only company that produces officers with the appropriate wings as opposed to epaulettes. The figures are a wee bit smaller but will fit in with Front Rank in a pinch.

Just my opinion – hope it's helpful. :-)

trailape15 Aug 2017 5:43 a.m. PST

I've gone with a mix of Brigade Games and Old Glory

Normal Guy16 Aug 2017 7:38 p.m. PST

Knuckleduster forms the bulk of my 1812 collection with Old Glory filling in some variety. Both are excellent. Both companies provide wonderful service. And Forrest is a neighbor of mine to boot.

Rhino Co Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2017 7:01 p.m. PST


This blog has photos of them all.

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2017 10:32 a.m. PST

Knuckleduster miniatures, hand down.

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