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Swampking14 Jun 2018 7:21 a.m. PST

With the demise of Jeff Valent Studios several years ago, and now, the passing of Musket Miniatures AWI line ("permanently retired" in January by the new owner), it seems the only figures standing are OG15s, Peter Pig, Freikorps 15s, Essex and Minifigs. Did I miss any?

While Peter Pig are probably the best at present, Musket Miniatures will be sorely missed and, as far as value for the money, Jeff Valent couldn't be beat.

Such a shame.

Personal logo 22ndFoot Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 7:37 a.m. PST

Blue Moon.

They are reasonable although I find some of the horses a bit oddly proportioned and some of their flagpoles look like they're tossing the caber. All that said, you can't argue with the price especially if you join the Old Glory Army scheme.

pogany14 Jun 2018 7:58 a.m. PST

Stone Mountain Miniatures has made 15 AWI for years. Really enjoyed painting them. The look great on my battlefields.
They also have several special units for both American and British troop. Good prices on their packs, Also sold in "Army packs" as well as single figures.

Andoreth14 Jun 2018 8:33 a.m. PST

Lancashire Games have a large range. Their artillery packs are particularly good value.

link

RittervonBek14 Jun 2018 8:34 a.m. PST

Polly oliver from magisterial millitum

historygamer14 Jun 2018 10:27 a.m. PST

Love Blue Moon, but they are larger than 15mm figures. I agree their horses are horrible and the flag poles look like telephone poles (better they didn't include them in the mold).

Old Glory 15mms are not a very complete line and their cocked hats look like Rev French bicornes to me.

Polly Oliver are very nice, but I don't think the webpage includes photos, at least it didn't last time I looked.

Peter Pig have some good figures, but their cocked hats are a hot mess, in my opinion. They look like SYW tricornes to me. That said, I have a few mixed into my armies of the period (none with cocked hats).

coopman Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 1:33 p.m. PST

I could be wrong, but I think that the MM and SMM figures were sculpted by the same person.

bruntonboy14 Jun 2018 1:39 p.m. PST

Irregular Miniatures also.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 6:07 p.m. PST

the passing of Musket Miniatures AWI line ("permanently retired" in January by the new owner
Doh! I had totally missed that announcement. I guess I can stop waiting for them to come back into production, then. :-(

- Ix

Swampking15 Jun 2018 1:50 a.m. PST

Yellow Admiral,

Yeah it shocked the heck out of me as well. I don't know why Kris decided to retire both the AWI and ACW ranges and concentrate on 40mm. It would seem that 40mm would be a niche market and 15mm would sell better but who knows?

Regarding Blue Moon they look great but aren't 15mm (no offense).

Agree with OG15s the cocked hat looks like a bicorne, otherwise, I'd try them. Forgot about SMM, Irregular and Lancashire. Will have to check them out. I don't think though that SMM has the variety that the Musket Miniatures did.

Thanks to all the posters!

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2018 6:39 a.m. PST

SMM is Sergeant Major Miniatures? They're permanently closed. Some info about what happened to the figure ranges here: TMP link

I don't know why Kris decided to retire both the AWI and ACW ranges and concentrate on 40mm. It would seem that 40mm would be a niche market and 15mm would sell better but who knows?
We support an entire industry of volunteer efforts. I would guess Kris really likes those 40mm figures and decided the massive effort of ramping up production and cataloging of the 15mm ranges wasn't a worthwhile use of hobby time.

If you really want those 15mm ranges back in production, you can probably make him an offer for the masters/molds/rights and start your own miniatures company. :-)

- Ix

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2018 10:07 a.m. PST

SMM is for Stone Mountain.

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