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Ferreo Cuore12 Nov 2018 10:43 a.m. PST

I have been looking for years at the very nice Imagi-nations and other work of people for various lace wars, and I thinking of doing a sort of toy soldier / old school wargaming armies.

I would like:
- 40mm or larger
- easy to paint, so some sculpting to help guide the brush

I see the Prince August molds, but have never used them.

I am thinking of the Spencer Smith Shiny Toy Soldiers line, also.

Wondering if the PRince August end up costing about the same after buying all the gear and casting metal.

Also thinking of just doing Sash and Saber, but they aren't very "toy soldier" as they are pretty realistic!

Please share thoughts!

much thanks!

parrskool12 Nov 2018 11:07 a.m. PST

Irregular Miniatures do a spiffing range 40mm plus

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2018 11:10 a.m. PST

You might also take a look at the Deutksche Homage range at Irregular miniatures.

They are 42mm and you can make up just about any troop you desire.

Gone Fishing12 Nov 2018 1:33 p.m. PST

Remember that Irregular makes very nice 54mm figures also, if you want even bigger.

Another choice in the larger scale, well worth taking a look at, is Dorset: link

Their focus is really the 19th century, with some Medievals and other bits thrown in, but you may find something worthwhile. The figures themselves are lovely full of character and great fun to paint. I should know after painting hundreds of them!

Good luck with your search!

Ferreo Cuore12 Nov 2018 2:37 p.m. PST

I am disappointed to realize that the 40mm Prince August are semi-flats! Easy to miss…

Also disappointed that Dorset only come painted, it seems.

There is still Spencer Smith…

Gone Fishing12 Nov 2018 2:58 p.m. PST

Unless Dorset have changed in the last year or so they are definitely available unpainted. Shoot him a line and ask! As mentioned above, I've ordered piles of them unpainted…

JimDuncanUK12 Nov 2018 3:10 p.m. PST

I have dozens of Spencer Smith 30mm ACW figures.

Let me know if you want some pictures.

dBerczerk12 Nov 2018 5:03 p.m. PST

If you are considering 40mm or larger, why not go with 54mm plastic toy soldiers? Several manufacturers produce nice 54mm 18th Century reasonably-priced figures in plastic: HaT Industries; Armies in Plastic; Tehnolog, etc.

Transporting two 54mm armies comprised of metal figures to and from an off-site venue can be a true "labor of love."

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2018 5:58 p.m. PST

Here's a newish company making 54mm figures. Replica Metal Soldiers.

But if it's 18th Century you want it's hard to beat these for style.From Irregular Miniatures.


IUsedToBeSomeone13 Nov 2018 2:15 a.m. PST

We also provide castings through our toy soldier company Imperial Miniatures

But, like most companies don't do 54mm 18th Century – lots of other periods though!

I personally like the Price August figures – you can order them cast rather than casting your own…


korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2018 3:43 a.m. PST

If you have a look at the casting catalogue for Dorset it gives a list of all the figures and states they come unpainted,


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2018 7:54 a.m. PST

Perhaps the Tradition range


The H Man24 Nov 2018 12:19 a.m. PST

Remember, when you cast your own, you can choose the metal. You can go as cheap as you wish. You could also use resin.

You could also try sculpting and casting your own. Could be much cheaper. Even with just one body and a few seperate arms.

Try superscuply which is oven bake, professional stuff like plasticine. That way you can muck around as much as you like before baking it hard. No good for volcanising pressures, but RTV silicon. If a liquid RTV, you don't even need to bake the clay and could try plasticine.

2 part epoxy putty like miliputt or green stuff are good, but have limited work life before they set, perhaps an hour or so at best.

Carving may work also, as a beginner and at larger scales. Soft wood maybe.

Also mixing plaster with pva and water to make a putty. It can be added and, once dried, carved and sanded, over and over again. Very cheap and easy. Just dob on little bits at a time, scrape and sand clean once set, repeat.

To cheapen miliputt, but no good for pressure, is to add plasticine. Beautiful to carve after set. I think the mix was 1/2or1/3 plasticine.

Wood putty can be added and carved sanded oncw set and added too again.

Now I am rambling…

Jeffers25 Nov 2018 1:40 p.m. PST

Not rambling H, some useful info. Never tried milliput and plasticine…

It's also worth looking at Siligum putty to mould figures. It's not meant for metal casting, but OK for 'one offs' or bits for masters i.e. packs. Either that or use it to embed the figure in to make the first half of an RTV mould. Better than plasticine or French clay. Always remember to use a release agent, though!

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