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Slagneb30 Jan 2019 11:14 a.m. PST

Looking at possibly doing a Little Big Horn or similar Plains Wars project. What are the best figs out there for this?

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2019 11:26 a.m. PST

Well, what do you mean by "best"? For sculpting, I guess I favor Foundry: link

Slagneb30 Jan 2019 11:30 a.m. PST

Yes best sculpts and most complete range. Thanks!

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2019 11:45 a.m. PST

Perhaps you should say which Cavalry/Cowboy range you will use as there is no "28mm" standard size. Foundry are quite nice but on the small size as they are an 'old' range.

Viper91130 Jan 2019 12:10 p.m. PST

slagneb email me at can help you with figs.

axabrax30 Jan 2019 12:15 p.m. PST

Conquest Comanche followed by Foundry. There's a bloke on Lead Adventure who's sculpting some nice Pawnee too.

Winston Smith30 Jan 2019 12:23 p.m. PST

I like The Foundry Cheyenne set.
Best of all, there are exact match mounted and foot figures.

Don't confine yourself to just one manufacturer. All of the above Suggestions are good.

Slagneb30 Jan 2019 1:08 p.m. PST

Thanks for the input so far. It seems this is an under represented period in figures and with so many great Old West games out it seems like there should be more Native American tribes vs generic

KSmyth30 Jan 2019 1:11 p.m. PST

Another vote for Conquest Comanches

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2019 2:15 p.m. PST

Foundry, IMO.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jan 2019 5:27 p.m. PST

Do yourself a favor and give Old Glory a look.

cavcrazy30 Jan 2019 5:54 p.m. PST

I mix Foundry, Dixon, and Old Glory, they are all great.

OSL200030 Jan 2019 6:39 p.m. PST

I have lots of Old Glory and like how they look.

Old Contemptibles30 Jan 2019 7:21 p.m. PST

People do this because they don't want to buy samples and compare them.

Stephen Miller30 Jan 2019 8:50 p.m. PST

I used Blue Moon's 15-18mm Plains Indian Wars Indians for my LBH diorama. They're really 18mm and could be useful for "background figures" to provide forced perspective, ie, greater depth.

Andoreth31 Jan 2019 5:12 a.m. PST

As cavcrazy says you can mix Dixons, Foundry and Old Glory since they are roughly the same size. I prefer Dixon's figures for sculpting but their range is small and does not have the variety to be used on its own.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2019 8:26 a.m. PST

Foundry are great with nice detail and quite authentic. By 1876 there should be many in trade cloth shirts, but other than that they are authentic looking for Sioux and Cheyenne.
But no one that I know of makes any in trade cloth shirts.

Old Glory are much more realistic in their anatomy and are nice as well. I have lots of both. The figures in general do not have as much "Indian detail" as Foundry. They use separate torsos and legs. The legs are cast on the horses for the mounted figures. So you can have matching mounted and dismounted. Some of their figures in warbonnets are extremely nice.

Foundry has matching mounted and foot, but they do not pack them the way they did 10-12 years ago. You may not get matching figures in the pack. However, I have read that if you can find an old listing with the catalog number of the old packs, they will cast them for you. They need the catalog number to find the mold. Unfortunately I do not have that info. But fortunately I have 160 each mounted and matching dismounted Indians painted and another 20 of each unpainted, so I don't need any more.

Dixon are very nice as well. But very few to choose from and matching mounted and dismounted is a problem.

Old Glory has a few very nice Indians in their Cowboy Wars range.

Having a dismounted figure for each mounted figure is very important. Plains Indians had no infantry. They may have gone on a horse stealing raid on foot, figuring they could slip in unobserved better and would be able to ride away. They may have gotten off their horse to fight. However, the only time a Plains Indian would go to war without a horse would be if he didn't have one readily available.


Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Jan 2019 3:12 p.m. PST

Remember, the average plains Indian did not have a body like Conan. They were of very small frame generally.

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