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Lets party with Cossacks Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 3:13 p.m. PST

Seeing some of the superb games War Artisan and his merry band of gentleman gamers put on tempted me into 10mm.

AIM was well rated, despite being older sculpts, but do not seem to be currently available. I had understood Minifigs made them, but they are not offered on the minifigs/matchlock site.

Does anyone know whether they are available?

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 4:59 p.m. PST

They are not.

I bought out the last supply from the original US distributor (Division After Division) who sold the line to GFI. When GFI folded, the line went into hibernation because the owner was stationed overseas and was not in a position to put them back into production. There have been hints that that may change when he returns, but nothing solid yet.

In the meantime, I am happily filling out the ranks of my 10mm armies with Old Glory, Pendraken and Magister Militum figures. That said, if they ever see the light of day again, I will go back to buying AIM figures.

Sobieski Inactive Member03 Feb 2018 5:50 p.m. PST

AIM Japanese were very good too. I'm glad I got some while they were to be had.

charles popp04 Feb 2018 9:12 a.m. PST

didn't AIM become the GHQ line?

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 10:44 a.m. PST

Thank you for your kind comments.

AIM didn't become GHQ. They are separate lines. GHQ are smaller and much less robust figures.

The nearest you can get to AIM are Pendraken. Both Pendraken and Magister Militum give great international service. I really like the Pendraken 1809 range and have just bought the Prussians from their 1812-15 range.

I have talked to Tom in a while, but his current posting in Germany so they're not likely to be back in production soon.

As a general remark on 10mm I do recommend you consider Old Glory for the artillery. They offer an buyers club for about $25 USD that saves you 40% and is available to overseas customers. I find they are a little more robust and they do the caissons and limbers that improve the look of our games.

Lets party with Cossacks Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 1:38 p.m. PST

Thank you War Artisan and 138 Squadron for the insight as to AIM and suggestions for alternatives. I have placed orders with OG, GHQ and Pendraken and will see how the sculpts look when they arrive.

I am coming from 1/72, which for mine has the most compelling sculpts: anatomically accurate and great action stances, less well known for traditional wargaming poses but this too is changing. I get that in micro scales 'mass effect' is an objective but for those of us who like proportionality it seemed to me 10mm was the smallest scale in which this could be found.

But these are very subjective views, and any scale can produce good results. What I think War Artisan and his lot do so well is an equal focus on figures, terrain and the scenario – with possibly an emphasis on terrain – to create what must be a very satisfying whole.

Am eagerly awaiting their next instalment, whenever it may be.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 7:46 a.m. PST

Am eagerly awaiting their next instalment, whenever it may be.

We've already sheduled the next game, unfortunately it's not until the 2nd weekend of May. This is my insanely busy period at work. I'll be in the office every day between now and April 18th. Jeff is working on a project for the 7 Years War Convention in late march.

I appreciate the 1/72 figures and you may be drawn to GHQ in consequence since that's what they remind me of. I found them easy to paint but the metal is very bendy. For me, their cavalry are on bases that are too deep. Add to that about 1/2 the swords are missing when they arrive and the others don't survive a couple of games. They do have really nice artillery.

Good luck mate!

Elliott

Lets party with Cossacks Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 3:37 p.m. PST

I appreciate the 1/72 figures and you may be drawn to GHQ in consequence since that's what they remind me of.

You read my mind 138SquadronRAF, GHQ was what I first went to. A sample pack has arrived and the sculpts are superb, but as you say not robust. The artillery is just outstanding, reminiscent of the best of Art Miniaturen in 1/72.

A good start to the journey, but I can't see myself sticking only with GHQ.

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