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wolfgangbrooks Inactive Member14 May 2017 6:49 p.m. PST

What the title says. Through some lucky flea market purchases I've gotten a few of the Ral Partha republican Romans and assorted Italians. What are my options for other manufacturers to use with the old 25mm ancients up to Caesar?

Edit: Oh, not just Romans and their neighbors, just ancients in general.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2017 6:55 p.m. PST

RAFM. These are the best match.
Sadly, no one else makes "true 25mm" figures these days.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2017 6:57 p.m. PST

A second vote for RAFM they match fairly well with Ral Partha. I have loads of both.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2017 6:57 p.m. PST

Thinking on it, if you can get Naismith Design, they'll work too.
I think they're still available, but through an old school manufacturer who is right up to date with the 1980s.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2017 7:30 p.m. PST

RAFM is what comes to mind.

wolfgangbrooks Inactive Member14 May 2017 8:30 p.m. PST

Naismith Design no longer seems to be producing 25mm figs. Not sure who would be doing the 25's now. Something to look at Lost Minis Wiki for.

Thanks for the RAFM suggestions. I think I heard somewhere they were designed to go with the Ral Partha figs?

What about the old Minifigs ancients?

Prince Rupert of the Rhine14 May 2017 9:44 p.m. PST

Minifigs are old school 25s and still available the look a little crude by todays standards but still paint up quite nice. They probably have the biggest range of true 25s around these days.


cry baby joe14 May 2017 9:55 p.m. PST

I ordered Naismith 25mm last year.

Dagwood15 May 2017 1:41 a.m. PST

Minifigs came in several generations, and used several different designers. Some are crude, especially the earlier ones, others are quite beautiful sculpts. They are only slightly larger than RAFM and Ral Partha. I mix them the other way around, some RAFM and RP in armies that are mostly Minifigs

Hobhood415 May 2017 1:52 a.m. PST

Try Warrior miniatures. Most of their ranges were made in the 70s, and are more like 25mm.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member15 May 2017 10:49 a.m. PST

Hinds Figures also manufacture Hinchliffe.


Current Minifigs figures are chunkier than the 70s Ranges. Don't know what Warrior are like these days – over the years they have produced ranges with quite a variation in size.

Likewise, not sure how big current Irregular figures are, but could be worth a look. Calling figures 28mm doesn't make them 28mm and the 'index' address is still 25mmindex!


bilsonius15 May 2017 11:07 a.m. PST

If you're not allergic to plastics, many supposedly 1/72 sets are over-sized at 25mm or more, often with excellent sculpting. You can check out the ranges and size at Plastic Soldier Review.

TKindred Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2017 10:54 a.m. PST

Also check on ebay for Ral Partha and RAFM historicals.

I have gotten quite a lot of them there and usually at good prices. Noble Knight Games sells a fair amount too. In addition, you can, from time to time, find painted units and other such groups.

It's been my go-to place for finishing off stuff.

Lastly, don't overlook Essex. They are also 25mm and work quite well with both Ral partha and RAFM. I have all three in my Macedonian and Greek armies.

Panfilov18 May 2017 10:02 a.m. PST

Evil bay, RAFM, and Irregular. Most of the Irregular I have are actually 25mm and match well with Ral Partha, cruder sculpts, but paint quickly and well.

Iron Wind Metals has really raised the price point on the figures ($4 each, yikes). So much for more 6Cv for my Byzantines.

Put the word out in your local community, there is an enormous amount of stuff squirreled away I'm garages and attics. Hm, had not thought about putting a will buy add on Craig's List.

Panfilov22 May 2017 9:09 a.m. PST

Great, hunting around in my basement this weekend, lots more than I thought I had….

Found a large supply of Lamming Greek Hoplites I forgot I had. Plus some Hinchliffe EIR Still in the Box, those are slightly oxidized. Forty years on, the Lamming are still bright and Shiny.

MingtheMad30 May 2017 6:04 p.m. PST

SHQ has some smaller figures. Not the old Newline ranges.

Loved the Lambing Greeks only have 20.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2017 7:01 p.m. PST

Does Iron Wind really think it will sell figures at $4 USD each?!? That is a ridiculous price by any measure. Is there nowhere else to buy them?

Dexter Ward06 Sep 2017 5:50 a.m. PST

Garrison match well with Ral Partha

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