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coopman Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2018 5:32 p.m. PST

I'm about to start reading Paul Hutton's book, so I might as well go ahead and start this discussion before I get sucked into the vortex officially. I have done some web searching and it doesn't appear that there are any massive ranges of figures out there for this conflict in any scale. 28mm scale has Foundry and Artizan Designs, but I just don't really like them. How about the Blue Moon Mfg. figures? – several packs each of their dismtd. cav. & Apaches on foot would probably be all that I need. I am thinking of some sort of smallish skirmishes with maybe 50 figures per side, nothing too major. Thanks for any input.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2018 5:51 p.m. PST

In 25mm there's Old Glory. A bag of mounted and a bag of foot. I think it is one of their better ranges.

cavcrazy27 Mar 2018 5:53 p.m. PST

Old Glory, Foundry, Dixon, Artizan all do 28mm Apache wars. Blue Moon are nice if you want to do a smaller scale. I prefer the larger figures but doing it in a smaller scale gives you the opportunity to build some amazing terrain.

Stephen Miller27 Mar 2018 6:10 p.m. PST

Blue Moon has cavalry(mounted and dismounted), infantry, and both mounted and dismounted Apaches. The Apaches look fine to me (although I haven't purchased any although I have their mounted and dismounted Northern Plains Indians which are great. The cavalrymen are wearing the large brim Andrews campaign hats that were worn thru the mid-70's (about 1878 I think) when they went to a smaller brim black one which was in turn replaced by a tan campaign hat in the 1884-time frame. Unless you are doing the "Geronimo Campaign", these are fine. No sabers which is probably correct for Arizona/New Mexico even in the 70's. As an aside, you might want to Google "Legends in Time Figures" and you will fine a heading of Plains Indian Wars and under that select Blue Moon. There you'll find some of the Blue Moon Indian Wars sets (but not all of them). However if you contact the owner, Skip, he will special order whatever Blue Moon sets you want and they will be cheaper than ordering from Blue Moon directly. No, I don't work for LiT, but I have bought about 250 figures from them for the Custer's Last Stand diorama I'm about completed with.
The smaller size (18mm) allows you to include a larger terrain foot-print than you could fit in a given size and that's why I chose the 18mm scale figures for my diorama. That's partially because I'm including all 5 companies with Custer.

LAP195427 Mar 2018 6:34 p.m. PST

New Line Design has a small range for Custer. Goes well with 1/72 Plastics.

Stephen Miller28 Mar 2018 10:27 a.m. PST

I checked out the New Line Little Bighorn line. One problem that I noticed, at least if you're using them for the LBH battle, these figures, at least all of the officers that I could see, were carrying sabers. The Seventh, officers and men, had left their sabers behind at a supply camp on the Yellowstone River about 10 days before the battle. Also, sabers were rarely carried in the field in the Apache campaigns, at least after the early 70's.

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