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Basha Felika01 Dec 2017 3:41 p.m. PST

Coming back to Napoleonic gaming for the first time in almost 30 years – my first army was of Minifigs ‘strip' 15s and I wish I never sold them on!

So, thinking about French, Bavarians and Austrians in 1809, Who makes the nicest figures, and which ranges are compatible with each other for maximum variety?

Thanks for your help.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 Dec 2017 3:45 p.m. PST

I like my Old Glory figures ( ). Minifigs are still available if you want to keep mostly the same style.

Artilleryman01 Dec 2017 4:25 p.m. PST

The best are AB Miniatures for 15mm. They have French, Bavarians and Austrians for 1809. If you want to 'go large' then Perry Miniatures are the best 28mm (IMHO) and have the main nationalities for 1809.

Alcibiades Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 5:27 p.m. PST

I agree with Artilleryman. AB are tough to beat although they are the most expensive of the 15/18s out there. Another alternative is Blue Moon who have a fairly extensive and growing range of very nice figures. The price is right especially if you take out an annual membership to the Old Glory Army (40% off, iirc). I use AB for my elite units and BM for the rank and file and guns and limbers.

nsolomon9901 Dec 2017 5:41 p.m. PST

No question – AB Miniatures offer by far the best ranges of French, Austrians & Bavarians for the 1809 Campaign in 15/18mm.

The sculpts by Anthony Barton are so good that, once painted, many people mistake them for 25/28mm figures.

Head and shoulders above the competition and you can buy them individually which reduces wastage from the fixed size packet approach of other suppliers.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 6:04 p.m. PST

Check my 15mm side by side reviews here:


Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 8:39 p.m. PST

You will notice that the review on the link listed here on this post does not include the very good Blue Moon figures.

Russ Dunaway

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 4:42 a.m. PST

Foot, Blue moon with Ab esp elite cos , officers etc .

Campaign games Austrians, have a different shape but also do break well the overall attitudes. A few mixed in each unit. Or the other way units of them with a few others in.

Beware that in truth none of the cavalry will mix in same units, but ok in units with most chaps from each brand.
Campaign and maybe some AB will need a bit of chirurgical ops to fit on the fatter Blue moon horses, but it is worth the extra variety.

With this, you can have around 5-7 different musketeers per unit. If not more.
Need Blue Moon AND Ab to do properly the 4 Württemberger cavalry regiments.

Campaign has Polish "lancers" without lances as per 1809.

Only Capitan/ Battle models (-- wait for next name change) has the Baden troops. campaign might do them one day.

Preussen 1806 from mainly AB will do for the Hessen contigent.

Blue Moon has done the proper generals for Sachsen, Bayern, Württemberg.

Basha Felika02 Dec 2017 5:58 a.m. PST

Thanks for your help all, looks like I need to get some samples! Both AB and Blue Moon are looking rather nice.

Timmo uk02 Dec 2017 12:16 p.m. PST

I chose AB but I'd suggest buying some samples from different ranges and seeing which ones you like painting the most and go with those.

AB might be a bit more expensive but they beautiful sculpts and are fabulous to paint. casting quality is as good as it gets. You don; have to buy a whole army at once. Buy a couple of months worth of painting and when they are done get some more and repeat, probably for many years.

Jaycor04 Dec 2017 4:12 p.m. PST

I went for Old Glory (Sold by Timecast in the uk). Good range of figures for 1809. French in campaign and full dress, Austrians, Confederation troops including some nice looking Bavarians. Also Polish troops should you be thinking of that theatre for 1809. Good value with lots of variety but their horses have their critics although the riders themselves are pretty good.

I would agree with AB being the best sculpted models but they are the most expensive.

Again agree with Blue Moon having a good range although still producing new lines their schedule has slipped somewhat but in their defence they are producing many different lines side by side. Good range of wagons, caissons and excellent artillery.

Followers of 15/18mm are quite spoilt for choice at present.
Whichever you decide to choose have fun.

John Edmundson08 Feb 2018 9:41 p.m. PST

I have some OG artillery but I'm quite keen to get some Blue Moon figures. Can anyone tell how the gun sizes compare because if they didn't I think it would be horrible.


patrick76609 Feb 2018 8:27 a.m. PST

Blue Moon Guns are bigger. They also have different carriages for the different guns, where the old glory French and Austrians I have just use different size gun barrels on the same carriage. Old glory guns are good, blue moon are very good. I try to use Blue moon for all my artillery.
One bag of old glory gets you 6 guns and 24 crew for $20 USD, $12 USD max discount though.
Blue moon would be $32 USD,$19.20 discounted, for an equal number of figures, so definitely more expensive.


John Edmundson09 Feb 2018 2:46 p.m. PST

Thanks very much for that response Patrick.


Littlearmies09 Feb 2018 5:17 p.m. PST

If I were starting afresh I'd buy AB for all the reasons mentioned above. AB's horses are streets ahead of most of the competition.

I'd buy Blue Moon's artillery and caissons etc because they are first rate but I'd match them with AB limber teams because Blue Moon's horses are fairly dreadful in comparison.

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