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Maxshadow22 Jan 2018 12:00 a.m. PST

I was thinking of starting an ancient project using 28mm plastic figures. Do any come with stands? I thought I read that once. And also I'm aware of Victrix and Warlord are there any other brands?

Griefbringer22 Jan 2018 1:25 a.m. PST

Do any come with stands?

Some plastic manufacturers, like Perry and Gripping Beast, include a sprue of rectangular bases with their plastic figure kits. Whether the bases in question might match your game of choice is another issue – the kit descriptions are not always very detailed on this.

And also I'm aware of Victrix and Warlord are there any other brands?

Specifically for ancients there is Agema miniatures (republican Romans), Gripping Beast (late Romans), Wargames Factory (Celts, Germans and Romans) and Immortal Miniatures (Greeks – bought by Warlord). For later periods there are various others also.

Below is a listing of 28 mm ancient plastic kits that I have gathered elsewhere. Abbreviation for manufacturer is in brackets after the name (IM = Immortal Miniatures, WG = Warlord Games, VL = Victrix Limited, WF = Wargames Factory, AM = Agema Miniatures, GB = Gripping Beast).

- Ancient Greek Hoplites (IM -> WG)
- Classical Greek Hoplites (IM -> WG)
- Heavy Armor Greek Hoplites (WF)
- Athenian Armoured Hoplites (VL)
- Spartan Armoured Hoplites (VL)
- Spartans (IM -> WG)
- Theban Armoured Hoplites (VL)
- Mercenary Armoured Hoplites (VL)
- Greek Unarmoured Hoplites and Archers (VL)
- Greek Peltasts, Javelinmen and Slingers (VL)

- Macedonian Hypaspists (VL)
- Macedonian Phalangites (VL)
- Macedonians: Phalangites (WG)
- Macedonian / Greek / Successor Heavy Cavalry (VL)
- Successor Phalangites (VL)

- Persian Infantry (WF)
- Persian Cavalry (WF)

- Republican Roman Velites (AM)
- Republican Roman Legionaries (AM)
- Rome's Legions of the Republic I (VL)
- Rome's Legions of the Republic II (VL)
- Rome's Italian Allied Legions (VL)

- Caesarian Romans with Gladius (WG)
- Caesarian Romans with Pilum (WG)
- Caesar's Legions (WF)
- Roman Auxiliary Cavalry (WF)

- Early Imperial Romans: Legionaries (WG)
- Early Imperial Romans: Veterans (WG)
- Early Imperial Romans: Praetorian Guard (WG)
- Early Imperial Romans: Scorpion Battery (WG)
- Early Imperial Romans: Auxiliaries (WG)
- Early Imperial Roman Legionaries Advancing (VL)
- Early Imperial Roman Legionaries Attacking (VL)
- Early Imperial Roman Auxiliary Infantry (VL)

- Late Roman Infantry (GB)

- Unarmoured Samnites (VL)
- Armoured Samnites (VL)

- Carthaginian Warriors (VL)
- Carthaginian Citizen Infantry (VL)

- African War Elephant (VL)

- Ancient Iberian Unarmoured Warriors (VL)
- Ancient Iberian Armoured Warriors (VL)
- Ancient Balearic Slingers (VL – direct only)
- Ancient Iberian Cavalry (VL)

- Celtic Warriors (WG)
- Celt Warband (WF)
- Celt Cavalry (WF)
- Celt Chariots (WF)

- Ancient German Cavalry (WF)
- Ancient German Warband (WF)

- Numidians (WF)
- Numidian Infantry (VL)
- Numidian Cavalry (VL)

- Dark Age Warriors (GB)
- Dark Age Archers (GB)
- Dark Age Cavalry (GB)

Mick in Switzerland22 Jan 2018 4:19 a.m. PST

That is a very good list.

I read on Facebook that Victrix will have Celts including chariots and cavalry this year.

dball5322 Jan 2018 5:22 a.m. PST

Your list is amazingly good and I have many of those sets myself, I am a big fan of 28mm plastic figures because the quality is pretty much assured, unlike some metal equivalents from various sources which too often arrive with disappointing faults, these take up too much of your valuable time to rectify before you can get down to the painting.

I know this will upset some old-school traditional collectors out there but the simple fact is, plastic products are improving all the time and are generally easier to work with.

Griefbringer22 Jan 2018 5:45 a.m. PST

I read on Facebook that Victrix will have Celts including chariots and cavalry this year.

I don't have any information about the chariots and cavalry, but they certainly are supposed to release two sets of Gallic infantry in near future (one set with pants, another without).

For anybody thinking of collecting Gauls, it might be worth waiting until those are out before committing to purchasing anything. The older Celtic sets (from Warlord and Wargames Factory) are both amongst the first plastic sets released by those manufacturers around 2009.

STEVE LBMS Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2018 8:20 a.m. PST

Victrix Gallic infantry are due the end of February. The Gallic cavalry are due for tooling in a month or so and just started sculpting the Celtic chariots which should be on release later this year. We will be adding a set of Gallic armoured warriors and some British slingers as well.


Diocletian28422 Jan 2018 12:47 p.m. PST

I purchased Victrix Republican Roman Legionaries and Successor phalangites. I can say they are of outstanding quality. The best plastics I have seen.

Maxshadow26 Jan 2018 2:24 p.m. PST

Thanks very much for the help! There are many more than I realised! I'm off to my local today.

dantheman Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 4:43 a.m. PST

I will definitely second the quality of Victrix. Have their Spartans. Also have Warlord Spartans. Okay, but not as nice.

JC Lira11 Mar 2018 4:53 p.m. PST

Immortal miniatures (Warlord Games) are quite inferior to Victrix, Wargames Factory, Fireforge, Gripping Beast plastics.

Personal logo oldbob Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2018 8:23 p.m. PST

I second Victrix plastics, great miniatures.

wmyers18 May 2018 9:24 a.m. PST

I would not say the Immortal Miniatures (now Warlord Games) Greeks are "inferior" but I do caution they smaller and slighter more like 25mm.

The details are very nice and they sculpted and moulded very well in very nice poses, but the size is noticeable enough they will not mix in.

They are also sculpted more in proportion (not huge, oversized monstrous heads and hands).

I have replaced some heads (they have separate heads) with Victrix and Wargames Factory and this works on some figures but not all with the bodies being slighter the heads do not work with some shoulders and look grotesque.

The Warlord Games Greek metals that I have are the same proportion and size to match the plastics so they work.

I think the Immmortal/Warlord Greeks could work with most Old Glory Greeks (but not all the staff slingers I have from Old Glory are really 28mm and work with Victrix and other 28mm figures and not 25mm).

The Immortal figures are in more action poses (actually thrusting with spears with shields in front of the bodies and standing in aggressive stances) and make a very nice phalanx. Victrix hoplites (armoured) are in more standing / waiting poses.

As for Early Imperial Romans (EIR), the Warlord Games "Imperial Romans" (this includes "Veterans" and "Praetorian" sets) are all very undersized figures. They almost look like dwarves in Roman armour beside ANY other maker. They can work exclusively by themselves but they look very out of place next to any other make.

The Warlord Auxiliaries and Caesarian Legionaries are 28mm and fit in perfectly with other makes.

One can only hope Warlord redesigns their EIR figures. They have started to replace their plastic WWII figures (the USA infantry being the newest and first replacement) so hopefully they will do this for the Romans too (Warlord's Romans were their first set of plastic figures, I have read.)

Go online and use your favourite search engine to look for reviews of the sets/figures as well as pictures of the sprues of the sets. You will then be able to see what you like.

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