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Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 8:17 a.m. PST

Unlike some of its other ranges, Nineteenth Century Miniatures does not provide any photos of its substantial range of 25mm WW2 Battle Honors figures. Can anyone provide photos of yours? In general, what are your impressions of these figures in relation to other manufacturers?

Personal logo Chalfant Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 9:26 a.m. PST

In general, I have liked most of those ranges… I have owned USMC, Japanese, 8th Army, Ghurkas, Indians, and Italians, and have played along or with Russians, Germans, and US Airborne.

They tend to be slighter (some ranges) than others. I had no complaints at all with any of the ones I owned, though I have sold them all for reasons of downsizing.

Not very good, but a couple images of my Bersaglieri …
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Wish I had more available images of some of the other ranges.

Chalfant

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 9:50 a.m. PST

Agreed. The majority of my WWII (Skirmish) forces are BH.

Pizzagrenadier22 Sep 2017 10:13 a.m. PST

I have a bunch of the different WWII forces from BH. In general, they are a very nice range of miniatures IMO. Especially the armies sculpted by Sean Judd (who does 40mm for Trident Designs these days). Their French are my favorite and one of the most complete out there.

IIRC he sculptrd their SS, Early War Germans, French, US, Soviets, and Japanese though there's a few I missed I think.

My gripe has never been their minis but the pack and pose selections. But that's a very minor thing which hadn't prevented me from buying a ton of their stuff.

My blog is mostly a sci fi project these days but here are some of the BH Minis I've painted over the years.

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I own several more platoons (Soviets in winter) but never took pics of them. Hope that helps.

jtkimmel22 Sep 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

Most of my 28mm WW2 collection is BH figures, Russians (summer), Germans (WH, SS and FJ), Italians, US Army and Airborne, and some Finns. Like Chalfant said, I think they are slighter than some other ranges, such as Artizan and Black Tree (which I find to be chunky) and I prefer the look of the BH figures. I should have some photos, I'll see if I can find and post some.

Pizzagrenadier22 Sep 2017 10:19 a.m. PST

Oh, forgot to add: there's been a myth around for a long time that the BH WWII are 25mm. That simply isn't true except for possibly the late war Germans and maybe one or two others. BH scale well to all other 28mm ranges I've owned. And with the exception of a few small mistakes, their weapons and equipment are accurate.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 10:46 a.m. PST

Nice looking figures that seem to be pretty proportionate; probably a little more slender that what is being made now. I thought they painted up nicely, and I especially liked their Italian infantry.

RudyNelson22 Sep 2017 10:49 a.m. PST

When compared to Artizan and Crusader, the castings are of slight build. I like them fine.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

If you do a Google Image search for "Battle Honors 25mm WWII", you'll find a number of pics,painted and unpainted.

I like them too. They're certainly better proportioned than many of the gorilla-armed bigheads I see elsewhere. And they mostly avoid the awkward-to-laughable poses some figures display. As to pose choices,yes,there are some with limited use--the "US Paratrooper Officer Standing With Arms Folded" comes to mind. But on the whole, very good figures, IMO. At least I haven't sold off any of mine,as I have with other lines.

For some reason I have never been able to divine,no sculptor seems able to get the US M41 helmet right--sort of inexplicable,given the numbers of them around. BH comes close,though.

I,too,was very disappointed when they decided to stop making any new figures. I had been trying to get them to do a couple of sets of Soviet Naval Brigade.

The rationale at the time was the proliferation of WWII lines,which of course cuts into sales for individual companies. But they had also just gone through a bitter experience with their Battle of the Bulge range,which would feature Winter gear--Germans in snowsuits, US in overcoats--that sort of thing. They would have been very welcome. Unfortunately, the sculptor apparently didn't follow their instructions, and the figures were incompatible with the rest of their line--very small,IIRC.

EDIT: Pizzagrenadier--nicely done!

Pizzagrenadier22 Sep 2017 1:34 p.m. PST

Hafen von Schlockenberg: Thanks!

Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 3:22 p.m. PST

Thanks for posting the links to the photos, Pizzagrenadier. Your painting skills are really on display. Nineteenth Century Miniatures would see their sales of this range shoot through the roof if they posted your pics on their company website.

Pizzagrenadier22 Sep 2017 4:06 p.m. PST

Aw shucks! Thank you. I appreciate that. I've never understood why they never put pics of their minis on their website. It always seemed like they refused to out of spite from so many people asking over the years.

I was lucky to be attending cons back when they were still regulars and I was always able to see all their stuff in bare metal. I'd spend a fair amount of my time every con just poking through the racks.

repaint22 Sep 2017 4:13 p.m. PST

Pizza grenadier, I concur with the previous comments, very nicely painted figures. Made me interested in the Battle Honors.

Pizzagrenadier22 Sep 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

Thank you!

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 5:25 p.m. PST

I understand that both of the Steves have had some health issues in the last few years. Also, they changed locations. Considering that,and the vast number of figures they make,it's at least partly understandable. Maybe you could offer to send pics?

Pizzagrenadier22 Sep 2017 6:27 p.m. PST

Ah, if that's the case that's unfortunate. They have a great range of miniatures and I've supported them a lot over the years. It's a shame the range won't grow any more. I've long been a fan of Judd's sculpting.

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