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Wealdmaster09 Feb 2018 12:42 p.m. PST

I've been building some forces that I left off from a number of years ago for the WSS in 15mm with Minifigs that I always thought were very good and underappreciated. Recently, I got another order from Caliver to start things off. I'm just curious if they have all the molds at Caliver for this since Minifigs USA doesn't trade anylonger. I remember once that the U.S. side had special items. I mean specifically were there options for figures in this range that only existed this side of the pond? If so, maybe I should be watching ebay for them.

21eRegt09 Feb 2018 2:53 p.m. PST

If you go to eBay be prepared for some startling asking prices.

Bandolier09 Feb 2018 8:28 p.m. PST

I chose 15mm Minifigs for my Napoleonic armies for similar reasons. Really nice proportions, paint up nicely and are true 15mm. I've bought them all off ebay. Large collections can be bought for reasonable prices but buying them in sealed blisters you'll be paying a premium.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2018 9:59 p.m. PST

Asking on here can find you a few. Also depends what generation you go for as to what you can find. I find a lot of odds and ends on eBay but also Hinds figs usually have some. Like others say, you will pay more.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2018 11:22 p.m. PST

We had 40+ figures made to suppliment the WSS and SYW ranges. I also did a guilloine to go with the French Rev range. In WWI, we added a few guns and Americans in helmets; reanimated some poses. Most of all, we packaged in more "Gamer Friendly" mixes. (Limbers, horses and crews in one pack; guns and gunners in same pack; the western range (IMHO, the best sculpted 15mm range) was broken down into packs instead of having to buy the entire range in 4-5 numbers, etc.) "I" always felt somehow cheated when I was forced to buy command in quantities that did not match the numbers needed (like being forced to buy another pack of 8 figures when I only needed 2; packs of inf in 8 but command in 6's). So I packaged ours with command and in numbers that made more sense. We also offered to alter the ratio of command if needed.

When we were adding items in 15mm, the UK guys were always busy molding up Reaper new releases and did not want any because they just did not have time. I know this to be true because I facilitated getting Ed and Dave together over dinner so they could discuss doing Reaper for the European market. Turned out to be a great boost for Minifigs UK and Reaper for some years. Despite that, we (GFI) continued to add to what we had to keep folks interested in 15mm when 28mm dominated the market.

Just some history that hopefully adds to the conversation.

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Tom Dye

Durban Gamer10 Feb 2018 4:07 a.m. PST

Agree that Minifigs 15mm have many great sculps. In AWI I happily mix Minifigs, Essex and Peter Pig for fantastic variety. True 15mm is big enough to show detail, yet small enough to keep games and packing compact. Never understood why 18mm was added by other manufacturers.

Wealdmaster10 Feb 2018 6:02 a.m. PST

Thanks for the feedback, especially thanks to Tom. I'll be on the lookout for any of those unique sculpts in the WSS range. Does anyone know what some of those might be? For me, I feel that the pendulum always swings. We have now saturated the market scene with sumptuously sculpted 28s. The problems with this are many and I won't go into them in this thread, but I think 15s (true 15s) could see a resurgence amongst "evolved" hobbyists. There is something about the ability to show an entire battle with brigades and scenery and landscape en masse that is really not practical with larger scales. An aside, I've looked around on ebay and see what you mean by healthy asking prices. That, though, in spite of the range still being available commercially is a sign of good value and timeless design.

Wealdmaster11 Feb 2018 6:49 a.m. PST

Tom, anyway to get in touch with you off list? My email becker1372@gmail.com. Thanks.

mkck194718 Feb 2018 4:14 p.m. PST

Tom,I was unable to find you on the internet. How do I find what is available?

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