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02 Sep 2017 9:14 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Sep 2017 9:13 a.m. PST

You have a unit of older figures, and now you've been tempted to purchase figures of the latest generation. What do you do?

* mix old and new figures in the same unit
* keep old and new figures in separate units
* discard the old figures
etc.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 9:27 a.m. PST

For American Revolution, I paint figures by unit. The exception is of course militia and Indians. They all go in the militia or Indian tray and get pulled out as needed. Then I make no effort to separate old from new. That's sort of the case too with my Continentals who tend to be ragtag.

So, years ago my first Hinchliffe units were painted as regiments.
Any new figures become a new unit. I just added the 5th and 27th Foot.

Get rid of old units? What sort of blasphemy is this? I am a slow painter, and it's just not worth the time to replace a Hinchliffe 63rd Foot with a Perry or Foundry one. The Perry or Foundry or Kings Mountain or Old Glory or Fufe and Drum become new units. I have openings for the 4th and 35th…

My von Bose regiment has fought long and hard, both for and against me. They will NOT be replaced, despite having a totally wrong flag. Those lads fought well under that stand of colors.
Nor am I taking the hard fought stand of colours away from the Guards, for the same reason.

I make "corrections" to new units, certainly not ex post facto.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 11:00 a.m. PST

I mix old and new all the time without a twinge of guilt.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 11:12 a.m. PST

I have mixed old & new together but mostly on single based ie: skirmish type games.

Perris070702 Sep 2017 11:16 a.m. PST

Mix 'em. Variety is the spice of life.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 11:36 a.m. PST

It depends on the figures, but I have mixed old Wargames Foundry with new Perry Miniatures figures (all sculpted by Perry).

UshCha Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 11:50 a.m. PST

I mix 10 mm standing bases with 3D printed prone figures. I do this without any concern, why would anybody care?

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 11:59 a.m. PST

It depends on the figures. If they're the same size I'll happily mix them. Unfortunately, many manufacturers sell figures that are advertised as being a particular scale when in reality they're not.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 12:58 p.m. PST

If I found a new line which blended with an old one, I wouldn't hesitate, but the odds are better in lotteries. I could put together smallish armies of figures sold under the same catalog code which won't blend because someone revised the figure to death.

All honor to Heroics & Ros, which actually sells new improved figures which blend with the old stuff. Scale creep is not inevitable!

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 1:02 p.m. PST

Once a unit is done, it's done. Start with new unit.

nickinsomerset02 Sep 2017 1:56 p.m. PST

Just bought some old Hinchcliffe Ottoman Spahis, very nice along side my TAG and Old Glory ones,

Tally Ho!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 3:24 p.m. PST

Mix whatever, whenever.

discard the old figures

I'm sorry … could you rephrase that in English?

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 3:36 p.m. PST

Discard, yes I am a true heretic!

Dave Crowell02 Sep 2017 4:07 p.m. PST

Play with what I've got. Mix 'em, fry 'em, mash 'em, boil 'em in a pot. Oops, that last is taters, not minis. But I'm not picky.

goragrad04 Sep 2017 11:16 a.m. PST

If of a reasonable match in size – mix on a base.

Otherwise they go on separate bases, but may very well be mixed in an army.


As to discard, I repair older unpainted minis I get off ebay or other sources and paint them up when it would be more time and cost effective to scrap them.

Ottoathome04 Sep 2017 11:49 a.m. PST

Like Bashytubits I mix them without a tinge of guilt.

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2017 7:06 p.m. PST

I mix if they are close enough to the same size. Otherwise I keep the old/small away from the new/big. Well, I try to.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 11:46 a.m. PST

I mix old and new figures. Real people don't all look the same, and neither should my miniatures armies.

That said, there has to be enough consistency in weapons sizes and uniform details for the figures not to clash.

Personal logo Lost Wolf Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 1:52 p.m. PST

I have ocd so it bothers me, that is, until I look at cost and then the ocd gets dispatched for reason

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