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Pvt Snuffy25 Nov 2018 11:29 a.m. PST

I'm wondering what the people say is the easiest Horse and Musket line to work with.

The newer Pendraken lines look super clean and detailed – they may cost as much as some 15mm, but the pics of the raw metal really make me think they are nicely done.

Old Glory's new Blue Moon sculpts are amazing – they look more like 25mm to me. They appear to be very cleanly cast – anyone have them?

Overall, what are the best, cleanest of the smaller sculpts for the Horse and Musket period?

I'm thinking of this from the point of view of anyone who wants to get a new army [could be me…] or get started in this period, which to me is one of the best for wargaming.

Timmo uk25 Nov 2018 11:50 a.m. PST

AB Napoleonics are the cleanest H&M figures I've bought. Minifigs are also clean in my experience.

AB are not only the cleanest sculpts I've bought but are best but that's just my opinion.

AB are however considered 18mm as are Blue Moon.

14Bore25 Nov 2018 12:18 p.m. PST

Blue Moon are 18,which I am finishing up my collection with. At least half of mine are actual 15mm but keeping units within same is best I can do.
Minifig 2nds had all kinds of flash which I started with, so after that everything is cleaner.

rxpjks125 Nov 2018 6:33 p.m. PST

In 10mm check out vandyck miniatures. Amazing detail for 10mm.

BW195925 Nov 2018 8:28 p.m. PST

For ACW try GHQ 10's and Cracker Line 10's both clean castings
and beautiful figures. I'd stick with the 10mm there are a
number of good lines out there you can get any thing you need.

Green Tiger26 Nov 2018 4:02 a.m. PST

Vandyke miniatures – do you have a website address for that?- my Google isn't bringing anything up. I am looking for 10mm figures that are slim and neat and not 'cartoony' do they fir the bill?

Brownand26 Nov 2018 4:49 a.m. PST

Lets party with Cossacks26 Nov 2018 8:36 a.m. PST



Very nicely sculpted figures, beautifully proportioned. Limited range though.

Lucius26 Nov 2018 9:40 a.m. PST

I put AB in the category of "non-upgrade-able", i.e. there will never be another range of figure in that particular scale/period that I'll see, and say, "wow, I wish that I had bought these instead."

Perris070726 Nov 2018 12:16 p.m. PST

Horse and Musket is a pretty big spectrum. If you narrow it down to Napoleonic, then AB is the best without a doubt.

Timmo uk26 Nov 2018 2:54 p.m. PST

@Lucius, I like that description and totally agree.

nsolomon9926 Nov 2018 6:11 p.m. PST

Another vote for AB. I agree with everything said about them in above posts.

Pvt Snuffy26 Nov 2018 7:29 p.m. PST

I dunno – the WSS by Van Dyck are simply amazing. If the guy completes the core of any of his lines I'm buying into it…even if I never thought of gaming the German – Belgian start to WWI much less their conflict in Africa! As it is, when he completes some Belgian HMGs and the command set for the Carabiniers, I may have to buy enough for a knock down infantry fight!

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2018 2:12 p.m. PST

My ACW collection is all Old Glory Blue Moon figures and I think they are dandy. Very nice.

They ARE much bigger than 15mm for sure, but nothing like 25mm.

WillieB02 Dec 2018 11:50 a.m. PST

The Van Dyck figures are simply a light year ahead of anything else. I've seen -modern- 28s that didn't have that much detail.

von Schwartz02 Dec 2018 4:03 p.m. PST

Interesting discussion, but one question always comes to my inquiring mind, where can I get some?

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2018 6:56 a.m. PST
von Schwartz02 Feb 2019 5:45 p.m. PST

All of the lines of figures mentioned have their good and bad points. I would like to have the opportunity to get a few samples of each to check out in person.
I have been using FreiKorps for years now and have heard a lot of pros and cons. Just recently I ordered some SYW Austrian dragoons, FreiKorps of course and was really pleasantly surprised. Some of the old knocks about them being brittle, disproportioned, and poorly sculpted were banished. The figures were really clean, crisp, with excellent detail, and the figures extremely well proportioned (horses and riders are properly sized in relation to each other).
Now I'm just getting back into this after a 10 year hiatus and still have a goodly number of the old FreiKorps and there is really no comparison. The new ones I have been getting recently are far superior to the older ones and the variety in the line is really amazing. The selection is much better than anyone else I have seen thus far.

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2019 5:21 a.m. PST

If you have not yet decided on scale, I am happy to provide sample of my 10mm line. Just PM me your address and I will send out a few.

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