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"Best 28mm figures for Irish National Army 1921-22" Topic

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ocollens Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2018 6:00 a.m. PST

The title really says it all. As far as I know no dedicated figures are available so one has to fall back on converting British. Unless there are other suggestions. Leather gaiters could be made by filing down puttees, I suppose. Also the cap seems to have had a softer edge than the British one (officers might have been an exception).

Skeptic16 Dec 2018 7:51 a.m. PST

Might there be something among Footsore's range?


Londonplod16 Dec 2018 9:04 a.m. PST

I have seen photos of some Irish soldiers in surplus WW1 German steel helmets, you could use US troops in gaiters and carry out some head swaps.

ocollens Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2018 10:50 a.m. PST

Hi Sceptic,

No that's the War of Independence. The Civil War, which soon followed, was a much more bloody affair but seems to have slipped past most war-gamers and figure makers.

The German style helmets came later. Most pictures of government troops for the Civil War period are chaps in caps. There is the famous one of Michael Collins in pretty much a British officer's cap, though the colour is quite different but that is another can of worms. Incidentally those 'German' helmets were actually made in London.

Winston Smith16 Dec 2018 3:35 p.m. PST

I have just used British figures, but with dark green instead of khaki.

Henry Martini16 Dec 2018 3:42 p.m. PST

Actually Reiver Castings makes 28mm INA figures. They might not exactly be state-of-the-art in sculpting terms, but the range is quite comprehensive and their IRA range is equally so.

Your figures perfectly represent the B Specials police used in this period in Northern Ireland, Winston, They wore army uniforms dyed police dark green.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 10:08 a.m. PST

Pat Fitzgerald is very knowledgeable about the entire period. He used to be pretty active here. Perhaps he will chime in.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 11:35 a.m. PST

The pity is that Reiver Castings are so specific they can't be mixed with other figures.

ocollens Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 1:20 p.m. PST

Thanks Henry. I knew about Reiver (now part of Cumbrian Painting Services) but had forgotten their Irish range. They certainly specialise in the off-the-beaten track. I'll get a few packs in the New Year. And that is an interesting thought about the B Specials. They had been suppressed by the time I reached Northern Ireland.

Reiver Castings20 Dec 2018 4:20 p.m. PST

Reiver Castings are part of Northumbrian Painting Services.
There will be further IRA released next year to go with the forthcoming scenario book for the Anglo-Irish War.

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