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TheKing30 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2018 5:54 p.m. PST

Hey all…

Does anyone know if anyone in the USA carries Steel Fist miniatures? Does anyone know if Steel Fist miniatures will be available at Historicon?

Bronco5320 Jun 2018 6:29 p.m. PST

I've always just ordered direct from their website; they're pretty prompt on delivery (couple weeks, I think? I was never in a hurry, I've no shortage of unpainted lead to keep me busy while I wait). Good service, and on the one occasion I had the poor timing to place an order when he was away on holiday, he offered to send me a quite generous set of bonus figures as a "sorry for the wait". I hadn't even asked, and wasn't fussed about the wait, but it was a nice gesture. Top notch service. Fantastic quality figures, too. Easily on par with Perry (and mix well with them)

Condottiere20 Jun 2018 6:32 p.m. PST

Ordered directly several times. Never a problem. Usually received figures (best on market) within two weeks. Real stand up fellow running the company.

rct7500121 Jun 2018 3:00 a.m. PST

I've ordered from them to Australia twice and in both cases had very good service and well packed.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2018 5:02 a.m. PST

I also order from Steel Fist directly and have had no issues.

Easily on par with Perry (and mix well with them)

I'm not so sure. Perry figures are on the smaller scale of figures, whereas Kingsford and Steel Fist are the largest. I have all in my army but I keep them separate. I found the old Wargames Factory Ashigaru are also a good match for the Perry's in size and style. These are a great bargain if you can still find them, even if they are a bit fiddly to assemble. Can't have enough Ashigaru with naginata.

Griefbringer21 Jun 2018 6:16 a.m. PST

I found the old Wargames Factory Ashigaru are also a good match for the Perry's in size and style. These are a great bargain if you can still find them, even if they are a bit fiddly to assemble.

Those sets have been re-released by Warlord Games, together with the Samurai sets.

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Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2018 6:32 a.m. PST

Some of the nicest and most highly detailed Samurai on the market. Good responsive service. Larger than Perry.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2018 6:48 a.m. PST

Those sets have been re-released by Warlord Games, together with the Samurai sets.

Yes, but it costs more $$ for fewer figures. But Warlord has to recoup the purchase of WF so I fully understand this. Still worth looking for the original WF boxes though.

Bronco5321 Jun 2018 5:45 p.m. PST

Perry figures are on the smaller scale of figures, whereas Kingsford and Steel Fist are the largest.

I will have to respectfully disagree with your apparent assertion that they do not mix well adjacent to each other. Steel Fist are indeed slightly larger ("stouter", mostly), but they are WELL within the standard deviation of human body size when compared to Perry miniatures.

More importantly (at least, to me), the anatomical proportions and "art style" of Steel Fist matches well with Perry.

At least, this is true of their 15th century Europeans. You appear to be primarily referring to the samurai lines; my experience is mostly in the medieval European (though my limited experience with their samurai line is generally of the same nature as with the Europeans).

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2018 3:31 p.m. PST

I will have to respectfully disagree with your apparent assertion that they do not mix well adjacent to each other.

Well it is subjective for sure. And a reread of what I wrote shows that I didn't assert anything of the sort. I wrote that I don't mix them. Your experience may vary.

You appear to be primarily referring to the samurai lines…….

Well, we were discussing Samurai. I have you at a slight disadvantage as TheKing30 is a personal friend of mine and I know that he is talking about their Samurai line. That was not evident from the discussion until I brought that up. Plus I know nothing about the Steel Fist Italian War line other than they look gorgeous.

I just did a measurement of a few different figures in my Samurai armies. Where I could, I picked standard bearers with nabori (as they usually are quite upright).

From bottom of the foot to eye level Perry, Warlord/WGF, Northstar and TAG were 27-28mm. My Steel Fist and Kingsford figures were 32mm. To my eye the Perry figures and the Warlord/WGF figures are slighter and have a more slender build. That includes their weapons. All the others look a bit "beefier" to me.

For the record, Steel Fist and Kingsford make some of the best sculpts around. I think they look bigger and bulkier than the Perrys but that is my subjective opinion. You can't go wrong buying them.

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