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Dan in Vermont12 Jun 2018 12:24 p.m. PST

Hi all:

I have an extensive collection of 1/87 vehicles and tanks and looking for figures that would blend in.

Looking for recommendations for 20mm figures that are closer blend well with my 1/87 vehicles and that also:
-are on the small side of 20mm, closer to 18mm
-have realistic human proportions
-rifles that are thin rather than chunky



Vintage Wargaming12 Jun 2018 12:31 p.m. PST

If you weren't in the US I would say Irregular might be worth a look

khanscom12 Jun 2018 12:48 p.m. PST

Back in the day ROCO made a small selection of figures scaled to their vehicles-- don't know if it's possible to get these now. You might see what Preiser has available.

Andoreth12 Jun 2018 12:56 p.m. PST

Scale creep has set in, you would be better looking at 15/18 mm with large bases. I have successfully used 1:87 vehicles with Peter Pig late war figures which are on the large/chunky side.

Thomas Thomas12 Jun 2018 1:41 p.m. PST

Try SHQ they are 1/76 and nicely proportioned. They also did a great SF line in 1/76.


Umpapa12 Jun 2018 2:05 p.m. PST

Airfix. Take a look at Plastic Review.

Green Tiger13 Jun 2018 12:42 a.m. PST

Irregular are very small but yes I think anything described as '18mm' is your best bet…

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 12:54 a.m. PST

Artitect 1/87 HO Scale Military Models I think do various figures and very nice they are too. Quick search brought up this dealer

4DJones13 Jun 2018 2:48 a.m. PST

SIX commandoes for 20 quid! I'd go with 1/56.

Londonplod13 Jun 2018 3:11 a.m. PST

Plastic Soldier Company have a box of British infantry that are on the small side

Blacky75013 Jun 2018 3:30 a.m. PST

Yes SHQ would be the best shot

Dan in Vermont13 Jun 2018 8:12 a.m. PST

Thanks for the quick responses everyone!

Yes, Preiser or Roco is the best option as they are true 1/87 and look realistic rather than chunky.

Roco only made the eight figures for US Infantry. Preiser does excellent Germans and Russians but little else. I've mostly used Airfix and Esci and Revell (because that's what I started with). They are nicely proportioned but just too tall when next to a tank.

I'll definitely look into SHQ and PSC. (Artitect are beautiful but they are expensive!!!)

Khaki0814 Jun 2018 5:23 a.m. PST

If you can find them the old Matchbox plastic 1/76 sets were nicely proportioned and pretty small. They mix with Airfix but look tiny compared to modern metal 20mm.

Simo Hayha14 Jun 2018 10:15 p.m. PST

another vote for shq

Marc the plastics fan15 Jun 2018 2:05 p.m. PST

Pegasus did a love.y set of Germans, but they scaled them wrong so are definitely 1/76 or smaller. Have a peek and see if they may fit your bill

Lovely figures -too small for me

wargamingUSA25 Jun 2018 3:26 p.m. PST

Dan in Vermont…

I too use primarily 1/87 equipment and 20mm metal figs. I ended up willingly going with quite a few manufacturers for my troops; my preferences being AB, SHQ, Combat, and Force20.

However, if you are a metal guy then SHQ and some of the Force20 figs are your best 20mm bets (with regards to your stated requirements… watch which Force20 because some run larger and some run smaller). There is also the 1/87 In-Scale range of WWII metal vehicle crews that are very nice. The In-Scale, Force20, and Combat Mins are available from Covert Intervention Games. I think SHQ is still available from Brookhurst Hobbies and of course SHQ. In plastic, yep, Preiser. There are some limited resin 1/87 figs on Shapeways but they are very expensive and most are delicate… more modeling-diorama figs.

Feel free to drop a line if you want to talk about 1/87-20mm WWII.

Bill in Wisconsin
wargaming at aol dot com.

Dan in Vermont12 Jul 2018 7:41 a.m. PST

Thanks everyone!

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