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16 Dec 2017 9:31 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 May 2017 8:24 a.m. PST

Who makes the best ACW naval models for wargaming, in any scale?

Poniatowski Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 8:45 a.m. PST

Langton 1:1200 hands down…. they are the right scale to do large actions, fairly priced, have a large range and are well detailed.

Just my 2 cents!

Personal logo Private Matter Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 9:01 a.m. PST

1:600 Thoroughbred is my favorite Followed closely by Bay Area Yards.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

'nother vote for Thoroughbred.

21eRegt26 May 2017 9:09 a.m. PST

Third vote for Thoroughbred 1/600.

Onomarchos26 May 2017 9:14 a.m. PST

I like Thoroughbred both in 1:200 and 1:600 scale.

KSmyth26 May 2017 9:14 a.m. PST

Thoroughbred 1/600. Not a difficult choice. Would love Bay more if I could get more of them.

jdpintex26 May 2017 9:52 a.m. PST

Far and above 1/600 Thoroughbred. I cast all five of my votes to them.

Bay Area 1/600 gets a vote for anything that Thoroughbred doesn't make.

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

There is a new kid on the block Spithead. 1/1200 resin. Great models. link Although you cannot beat 1/1200 by either Langton or Thoroughbred.

The 1/600s mentioned are beautiful and work well for smaller engagements which would describe most of the ACW battles.

McKinstry Fezian26 May 2017 10:02 a.m. PST

Langton and Thoroughbred.

Ceterman26 May 2017 10:29 a.m. PST

Thoroughbred 1/600, by FAR! IMHO… Your milage may vary (but I honestly don't know how it could…)

Disco Joe26 May 2017 10:37 a.m. PST

Definitely 1/600 Thoroughbred.

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 10:47 a.m. PST


Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 11:04 a.m. PST

1/1200 Langton
1/600 Thoroughbred

Honourable mentions to Bay Area Yards, Spithead and Peter Pig (the remodelled and recent releases are rather nice)

Navwar 1/1200 cheap and so good for someone trying out the period or on a budget

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 11:06 a.m. PST

Worth noting for 1/1200 gamers that the Spithead range is likely to contain many types you won't see from other manufacturers so they are well worth checking out

mwindsorfw26 May 2017 12:02 p.m. PST


Dave Crowell26 May 2017 12:14 p.m. PST


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 12:42 p.m. PST

28mm DarkOps

28mm Sarissa

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2017 4:51 a.m. PST

Thoroughbred models are some of the best castings in any scale, any period.


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2017 6:41 a.m. PST


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2017 11:05 a.m. PST

I like Thoroughbreeds – which to be fair the only ones I own

Khusrau27 May 2017 3:53 p.m. PST

I picked up some Navwar ships a little while back, and I reckon with a half decent paint job, and some rigging, they will look just terrific. But Langtons are always quality.

Rev Zoom28 May 2017 6:40 a.m. PST

I'll repeat what Dave said, only I'll correct his English spelling errors (no U in honor, no double L in remodeled):
1/1200 Langton
1/600 Thoroughbred

Honorable mentions to Bay Area Yards, Spithead and Peter Pig (the remodeled and recent releases are rather nice)

Hussar12328 May 2017 8:56 a.m. PST

The best is Thoroughbred.

badwargamer28 May 2017 9:43 a.m. PST

I do, 1:150 with 15mm figures ;) Ok..not the best but a fun scale.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2017 7:43 a.m. PST

So which ones are the best 1:150 Ironclads then?

badwargamer29 May 2017 10:53 a.m. PST

Don't think anyone would be mad enough to make them commercially. We make them from paper/card models rescaled or designed from scratch and by converting plastic kits.

EJNashIII29 May 2017 7:45 p.m. PST

1:150? Do you mean 10mm? If so Jim Brokaw has some really good models. Old Glory used to carry them, but I think you need to get them directly from Jim, now. He is a member of this forum and a great guy. I have more than a dozen of his ships that I do east coast convention games with now and then. He has showed up at my games and gave out models as winner's prizes.


EJNashIII29 May 2017 7:54 p.m. PST

As far as the question, I think 1:600 is the sweet spot for gaming miniatures. Big enough to model in some detail on the ships, but small enough to do a pretty big battle near to scale on a table. However, the 10mm are definitely more of a presence and attraction at a convention. Unlike WW1 or WW2 battles, the ship scale to board distance problem isn't bad as most civil war engagements were at very close range, anyhow. Plus, they open up the possibility of a combined action with a land battle. For example, I have used them as eye candy for battery Wagner.

Regulars31 May 2017 3:10 a.m. PST

Another vote for Jim Brokaw And I have many of his models. By the way EJ's models are super well done up models and I have enjoyed playing several of his games.

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