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Robert Burke09 Apr 2017 9:46 p.m. PST

I recently got some RAFM Plains War cavalry and I think they will mix in well with my Ral Partha figures.

However, I'd also like to get some Plains War Infantry (dismounted cavalry won't work since they are armed with carbines).

Unfortunately, RAFM doesn't make Plains War infantry (a terrible oversight on their part).

Artizan makes some very nice Plains War infantry but they are 28mm and I've already got too much invested in my 25mm figures.

Does anyone know of a company that makes 25mm Plains War infantry?

If not, could I use 25mm ACW infantry with slouch hats? Who besides Sash and Saber makes US infantry with slouch hats? Are the Sash and Saber "true" 25mm figures or are they large (i.e. 28mm) figures?

Also, I'd like to find some 25mm gatling guns (c. 1880) and some artillerists in slouch hats. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

PS. Sorry for the repeat. The TMP bug hit my earlier post.

TKindred Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2017 10:26 p.m. PST

For Gatling guns themselves, try the Ral Partha colonials range. These were true 25mm minis and they have a lovely gatling gun with crew. of course, you'll need new crew, but the guns themselves would be fine.

As for Plains Wars infantry, that depends. Up until 1872, US Army infantry would look remarkably like their civil war forebears. Equipment was modded as needs be for new weapons, but overall things would look alot the same. For example,cartridge boxes had the tin inserts replaced with wooded blocks to hold the new metallic cartridges for the Springfield Snyder conversions. Boxes lost their slings and were worn directly on the belt, and it was common, in some units, to use two boxes, one on each side of the waistbelt, to both carry more ammo readily and easily, as well as balance out the weight.

This changed with the 1872 regulations which specified new accoutrements, as well as new uniforms. You can find these online.

I would certainly consider using Sash & Saber CS infantry OR his Western Federal Infantry or Iron brigade. Either should work for at least up until 1874ish, as the QM department refused to issue the new pattern clothing and accoutrements until all of the remaining stocks of the old pattern were used up.

SylvainArizona Inactive Member09 Apr 2017 10:27 p.m. PST

Foundry used to make 25mm plain infantry.
They are not available but can be found on eBay.

SylvainArizona Inactive Member09 Apr 2017 10:28 p.m. PST

Sash and saber are great figures especially their ACW

Robert Burke09 Apr 2017 11:38 p.m. PST

Unfortunately, I just read that Sash and Saber 25mm are really more like 28mm, which makes them too large for my purposes.

Skeets Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 2:59 a.m. PST

You should take a look at the Old Glory Civil War range. They have infantry with hats which should work.

TKindred Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 8:01 a.m. PST

Old Glory and Sash & Saber use the same sculptor and are the same sizes. So…….

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member10 Apr 2017 8:28 a.m. PST

Old Glory has used a number of different sculptors--even within a range. I don't know if Chris Hughes did any of the Warpaint sculpts. He comes on here occasionally--maybe he could tell us--though he may not remember who did what in some of the older lines. He told me as much at Cold Wars.

And I think I can guarantee that Russ doesn't remember! : )

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 8:34 a.m. PST

Use the Rafm ACW range figures.

Robert Burke10 Apr 2017 9:44 a.m. PST

I thought about RAFM. The Conderates are wearing the slouch hat but the jacket isn't right. I know, picky-picky. But having the figures look right for the period matters to me.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

Hi Bob. For 1880, you might look at Old Glory Spanish American War line link as I believe the US infantry on the plains wore gaiters and a blanket roll on campaign. I have mixed Old Glory Maori War figures with smaller 25's, in fact you have played with them. It all depends on the size of the particular Old Glory line which varied a lot, especially the older lines. I think this is as close as you're going to get, unless you can unearth some old Frontier 25's.

Robert Burke10 Apr 2017 9:51 a.m. PST

Nick, thanks for the tip. I wish I could find some of the old Frontier line. They would be perfect.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 3:08 p.m. PST

I have some Foundry PW or SpanAm War (not sure) Inf, tho they are bigger than the Foundry Plains War 7th Cav that I have, if I remember correctly. I'd sell them if they fit your need. Reply here or PM me, oh I see you can't do that so, reply here if interested & I'll dig em out & we could go from there.

Robert Burke10 Apr 2017 3:12 p.m. PST

Peter-thanks. You can contact me directly at Burker1 (at) aol (dot) com.

Tricorne197110 Apr 2017 10:16 p.m. PST

Sash and Sabre are great. Use the new releases of the western US infantry.
All my old plains infantry figures (a few hundred) painted in the 1970-80's were from the Minifig plains infantry line. They might still be available.
I also have used the connoisseur marching confederate. Sack coat, blanket roll and appropriate hat.

Smokey Roan Inactive Member11 Apr 2017 3:43 p.m. PST

OG, I have a bunch.

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