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Marcus Brutus31 Dec 2018 2:58 p.m. PST

I am painting up a Late Roman army (say circa 400AD) and am using Foundry figures. Wondered if there is another line of figures that scale nicely with Foundry that I could use to get a bit more variety in poses? I am thinking principally about infantry at the moment although mounted suggestions are also welcome. Thanks for any assistance.

DalyDR31 Dec 2018 3:15 p.m. PST

Some years back a chap named David Imrie had pics online of his Late Romans which were a combination of Foundry and Black Tree Design. Having seen both (and owning a lot of the BTD Late Romans), I didn't think it would really work, but his work proves otherwise. If I was more tech savvy I'd include an image, but if you search his name + "Late Romans" you'll see a pic.


Huscarle01 Jan 2019 4:13 a.m. PST

If I recollect, the Crusader Miniatures fit in reasonably well with the smaller Foundry ones (but then I have a real mix of at least Foundry, Minifigs, Gripping Beast, Black Tree, Crusader & West Wind).

However, check out this size comparison link from the Lead Adventure Forum

balduris01 Jan 2019 4:20 a.m. PST

I use figures from Crusader and Footsore Miniatures to combine them with those from Foundry. Very simular skulpt, same size and it works perfekt.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jan 2019 5:25 a.m. PST

Black Tree are quite variable in size; some fit with Foundry, others not. On teh whole they are too large IMHO.


The Black Tree work well with Gripping Beast and Footsore; these are the ranges I use.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jan 2019 6:33 a.m. PST

…might be worth looking at 1st Corps, who have Arthurians that might do.

Marcus Brutus01 Jan 2019 7:27 a.m. PST

Thanks so much. BTD figures are nice but I am always a bit nervous ordering from them. The picture above is helpful. I have some Footsore Late Romans and they can work with Foundry but they are just a tad big. Thanks BRB for the tip about 1st Corp. They look like they could do nicely. I was also looking at Warlord Arthurians. Any thoughts about their sizing with Foundry. Lovely figures.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jan 2019 8:47 a.m. PST

Warlord – sorry- don't know.

Worth a look at Newline, they are smaller if, perhaps, a little wooden.

madaxeman03 Jan 2019 6:37 a.m. PST

The Gripping Beast plastic set are not unusable with Foundry – I've done some mostly GB Plastic bases with a few, shorter, Foundry figures worked in before without it looking too weird.

I "think" the chap at the right hand end of the rear rank (as you look at it) throwing a dart and with a crested helmet is a Foundry figure – the other guy on the front rank with a crested helmet may also be Foundry (or perhaps Footsore?).

Herce Salon de Guerre03 Jan 2019 11:49 a.m. PST

Footsore, westwind, A& A, Gripping beast, and blacktree all work well together .

For my eastern Roman army project a used quite a variety of figures



The Young Guard05 Jan 2019 11:45 a.m. PST

I had some of the Warlord Vikings (former Saxon miniatures) and they were somewhat smaller than Gripping beast. Nice figures though.

What about West Wind?

Marcus Brutus05 Jan 2019 6:43 p.m. PST

I too have wondered about West Wind.

Thanks everybody for your assistance. Much appreciated.

I might take a look a the GB plastics. Also, I have some of the GB Saxon/Germans under the Age of Arthur that I forgot about which scale nicely with the Foundry Late Romans and am thinking perhaps ordering some of their Arthurian Roman figures.

freecloud12 Jan 2019 4:06 p.m. PST

I have a lead Late Roman/Early Byzantine army, but today I'd use plastic I think (as it grows it gets damn heavy to lug around!!!). BTW I really like the Old Glory Arthurian range sculpts for this era.

MingtheMad12 Jan 2019 8:23 p.m. PST

Tin soldier are nice

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Jan 2019 2:56 a.m. PST

West Wind are OK- somewhat limited range of poses, but the separate heads are really useful for conversions. Super Vignettes. Again at the larger end of the scale.

I didn't take to the GB plastic Late Romans- I have a box going cheap, if useful.

Marcus Brutus18 Jan 2019 6:55 a.m. PST

Wanted to report that 1st Corp Arthurians match up very nicely with Foundry figures. They will look good beside each other in units. And they look much better in person than in the pictures. Lovely figures I like them too because they are more 4th century Roman looking than other Arthurian lines. Good call BRB.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jan 2019 7:37 a.m. PST

I like the 1st Corp, minis – some nice vignettes if I recall correctly.

Marcus Brutus27 Jan 2019 2:02 p.m. PST

Just to add that I picked up some Warlord armoured Arthurians and they are the perfect match for Foundry.

The 1st Corp are lovely figures. I also ordered a King Arthur and Standard Bearer and I was delighted with the sculpts generally and especially the horses. I've always felt that the 1st Corp horses are the weak link in their ancient lines but these horse are superb. Highly recommended.

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