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korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2017 6:25 a.m. PST

Greetings all,

I bought a 15mm Chinese army for my son in 2004 (2nd hand). I was told the manufacturer but naturally have forgotten, as well as the dynasty.

Some have a code stamped in the base (MC03 or ME03, not sure which) but I don't seem to have my usual luck finding these on the web. Any help appreciated as the lad (now grown up) would like to expand the collection.


IMAG0165 by J S, on Flickr

IMAG0153~2 by J S, on Flickr

IMAG0155-2 by J S, on Flickr

IMAG0160~2 by J S, on Flickr

IMAG0159 by J S, on Flickr

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2017 6:50 a.m. PST

First Emperor era, Qin Dynasty:



PS. These, however, are a bit fuzzy to me (pun intended): :)



korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2017 7:26 a.m. PST

Thanks mate! Now I just need the manufacturer and I am set.

I definitely want a unit of that last picture 😉

dragon601 May 2017 7:47 a.m. PST

I'm sure they are Essex but not home at the moment

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2017 10:47 a.m. PST

You may have a mix of makes. The first pic looks like a general and may be Museum. The crossbowmen also look like Museum.
The horses are not Museum and I don't think they are the same make as each other. The Horse archers do have an Essex look about them but aren't in the Chin or Han ranges.
Is the base of the horse one of the cavalry figures? Most Essex bases I know of are very narrow.

goragrad01 May 2017 11:56 p.m. PST

Swordsmen (Museum Foot Officer)-


Crossbowmen (Museum Guard Crossbowmen)-


The horse archers may be an older Essex figure – from the picture what can be seen of the base on the horses has an Essex look. I have a number of Han (Essex on the bottom of the base) from an earlier line that was based on the Greer Armies and Enemies of China book. Presumably remade after the find of the First Emperor's tomb. Pose is similar to the Viking Forge -


Same with the chariot – it also has the look of the lines that were based on the Greer book. Currently that would be Chariot/Magister Militum or Viking Forge –


Gladiator/Black Hat has a similar chariot with unarmored horses and the lamellar armor on the crew.

P.S. Museum does not currently have an MC03 code. MG03 is a Museum code, but in their current catalog is an Armored Keshik Horse Archer in the Mongol line.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2017 12:09 a.m. PST

Thanks chaps, that is certainly very helpful. I'll get him to take some more pics and have a look at the bases.

Very helpful, much appreciated,


JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2017 2:44 a.m. PST

Chariot and horse archers are definitely Essex Han Chinese(I have them), the rest are Museum miniatures Chin as stated. All nice figures. Essex redid their Han range some years back which is why current catalogue figures don't match.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2017 4:57 a.m. PST

Ah, thanks very much for that mate, so a bit of a mixture then.

GGouveia05 May 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

They look like Essex to me.

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