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JAFD2628 Oct 2017 8:03 a.m. PST

Salutations, gentlefolk !

Here are 4 figures, from the Essex Miniatures '28mm Ancient: Arab' range, photographed on a 4.85mm* grid.



Would be interested to know of any other lines of miniatures, metal or plastic, similar enough in height and 'heft' to join their army or be worthy opponents, in eras from the late Romans to the First Crusade.

Thanks very much, for whatever help you can give me with this.

* Was trying for a 5mm grid, but I am an old man who has little time left to mess with printers.

Gone Fishing28 Oct 2017 2:42 p.m. PST

I'm afraid I can't help you with your problem, but I do love Essex figures – nice clean sculpts that are a joy to paint! Good luck with your search.

IGWARG1 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian28 Oct 2017 6:53 p.m. PST

Old Glory and Gripping Beast mix with Essex very well.

Old Glory Muslim infantry pack from their Crusade range is all over the place though it contains Syrian, Berber and Seljuk troops. Essex are better sculpts, IMO. OG African Sudanese troops are slightly smaller, but possibly will fit in when painted. Essex are better sculpts.

Essex riders fit to Old Glory horses even better than Old Glory. There is a slightly different sculpting style with Essex and OG horses, but they still mix very well even in one unit.

You can also mix in Perry, but their horses tend to be a bit long legged, not the squat Essex style. Still, they will mix with Old Glory horses as Old Glory slightly less bulkier than Essex.

Artizan design figures will mix very well also, but they have North Africans, different look from Near/Middle East. Still, possibly can be used for Fatimids.

GB metal foot are slightly larger than Essex, but will fit well when painted. Good sculpts, but beware that they have different ranges possibly sculpted by different people. They also changed their horses like 5 times already, so some older types may not fit well or will look weird.

Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2017 7:07 a.m. PST

I love their medieval figs and have a bunch of them in my armies. I think they mix with almost any of the modern manufacturers. I have them with Black Tree, Old Glory, Perry, Curtey etc…

When I first saw them at my FLGS 20+ years ago, they were huge compared to Ral Partha, Minifigs and others from back then. They were ahead of their time and still hold up well.

ancientsgamer30 Oct 2017 6:34 p.m. PST

Pretty sure Foundry mixes too.

Beaumap04 Nov 2017 9:54 a.m. PST

I finish many OG units with Essex or Foundry figures. 30 becomes 32 or 36 or even 2 x 24. I find BTree or GB too big for this purpose.

Beware of recent Essex additions. They are often much smaller or thinner than the originals, with a couple that are giants – no rhyme or reason, other than laziness as far as I can tell. Some are 'throw away' bad (and I throw away 1 in 1,000!). These will have bigger numbers on the code – usually.

Early code Crusades match their Medievals. Late code Crusades may be very slight – 30% smaller than Sicilian bowmen.

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