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Queen Catherine10 Oct 2017 11:13 a.m. PST

Pal put up some nice pics of some makes and models here:


The variety of sizes and styles is pretty amazing.

MajorB10 Oct 2017 11:19 a.m. PST

Which only goes to show that 25mm and 28mm are really two different scales.

Queen Catherine10 Oct 2017 11:27 a.m. PST

I'd say three Heroic 28 is so much bulkier and often over-sized [who can say the proper height for a sorcerer who has sold his soul to the dark powers, anyway?] that is is really a different scale.

Historical 25-28 can mix in units, depending on the fig and the sculptor.

But I can't see Bretonnians and BTD fantasy medievals like their City Watch mixing with anything but GW, themselves, and other Heroic Fantasy 28s like Reaper except perhaps Front Rank. And then the issue would be sculpting style, altho it MAY work.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2017 1:31 p.m. PST

Front Rank 28mm actually mix very, very well with Bretonnians and BTD medievals. The plastic, newer Bretonnians are even slightly smaller than Front Rank. The older plastic Bretonnian archers are bigger than the newer plastics and are compatible with FR.

Queen Catherine10 Oct 2017 4:47 p.m. PST

Thanks for the confirmation, Yogi. We'll keep FR in mind in case we delve further into Heroic 28mm Medieval Skirmish.

Looking at the catalogue, there's a bunch that could be useful if we get more historical:

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2017 6:41 p.m. PST

My medieval/Bretonnian 28mm army (as yet unpainted, alas) is made up of older metal GW Bretonnians, the plastic GW Bretonnian old-style archers, Front Rank from both the HYW and WOTR ranges (they are same size and heft), Black Tree HYW and also Men of Averaign fantasy (the Averaign figures are slightly larger and more heroic than the historical BTD medieval figures). I also have the various GW plastic Bretonnian figure kits (archers, men-at-arms).

For mounted, I have both the older, one-piece plastic Bretonnian knights, the newer plastic knights, metal Bretonnian mounted squires, BTD mounted squire-types from the HYW ranges, and various Front Rank knights and mounted chaps from both ranges. I have acquired a ton of extra GW plastic horses, but I also discovered that the BTD Helsinian knights' horses are compatible (though slightly smaller) with GW armored Empire horses. The Helsinian riders are too small, smaller even than early Bretonnian metal knights, but the horses will work well. The Front Rank riders fit perfectly on these Helsinian horses, and if their legs are stretched they will fit on the plastic GW horses. I also purchased some older 5th edition plastic Bretonnian horses, that are smaller than the more recent kit, and those can work as well.

A Geek Named Carl Inactive Member11 Oct 2017 9:22 a.m. PST

True 25mm is my jam. Is that irregular miniature one of their 28mm medievals? Or a 20mm one?

Barin111 Oct 2017 12:20 p.m. PST

I've done similar study for 28 mm years ago


Captain Gideon11 Oct 2017 4:24 p.m. PST

My 28mm Medieval Armies(French and English and mostly Perry with some Front Rank,Black Tree miniatures plus some other figures from other miniature ranges which include Old Glory.

I like almost all the figures I have and mixing them sometimes in units don't work always,but if you don't mix them and keep them together i.e. Perry or Old Glory together in their own units.

Queen Catherine13 Oct 2017 5:38 p.m. PST

A Geek Named Carl:
That irregular fig is from the 1980s and I believe it was 25mm. The newly sculpted line is 28mm. He has a sword under his shield.

If you're interested in "True 25mm" the only ones I have that I think are truly wonderful are the lovely Tom Meier Arthurian Range. Their detail is exquisite and they are easy to paint. They'd make a great skirmish game, another project which alas I have never finished but I struggle to sell them… Fourth pic down [above] has one of them labeled Thunderbolt Mountain on the left, bare white metal.

ancientsgamer Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2017 1:49 p.m. PST

28mm is really what they used to call 30mm or about 1/56 scale. Some of the GW stuff is 32mm or even larger with their Sci-Fi ranges.

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