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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2019 8:39 a.m. PST

When building a number of 24 man units (let's say from Ancients to Napoleonics) how many individual poses do you like to have available?

For the purpose of the poll, we won't count 3 command figures (officer, musician, standard bearer).

So you really have 21 figures left. How many poses of poses would you like to see out of that group?


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

It depends on the period.
But preferably as many as possible.

I have managed a couple of 20-24 fiugre medieval units with like only 1 or 2 duplications. On the other hand some of my mid 18th century stuff have either just one or two poses plus the command.

Dagwood06 Aug 2019 8:57 a.m. PST

One for regulars, twenty-one for irregulars.

Pictors Studio06 Aug 2019 9:28 a.m. PST

I'm satisfied with 6 plus 3 command guys or more depending on the army and period. So as many command guys as necessary and 6 other poses.

Col Durnford06 Aug 2019 10:02 a.m. PST

It depends, for pre-gunpowder and modern units as many different figures as I can get.

Colonial I have mainly RalPartha so that should give you a clue.

My 20mm American Civil War is a bit different. I have three vendors that have similar figures. I mix freely in three classes firing, advancing, and marching. Some elite units all have the same figure for the rank and file.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2019 10:15 a.m. PST

As noted depends on the period – for my SYW regulars and my Ancients heavy infantry, unique poses for the command stand, same pose for the squadies; do the same for Napoleonic mostly but they are 6mm so who notices?

For ACW I try to have – as noted – 24 different poses! Same as for my medievals and Renaissance/ECW troopers

John Armatys06 Aug 2019 10:27 a.m. PST

+1 Dagwood.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2019 10:42 a.m. PST

In my 20 man Roman or Celtic 60mm units, I have 20 different poses. I can do that because they have separate heads and arms with different poses for the arms. For the Celts there are a variety of different heads and shields to. They are hard plastic figures.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2019 12:41 p.m. PST

I'm with Dagwood and Officer Muldoon. That said, if they're not to be one pose, the minimum is five and that doesn't count the bald guy or the fellow with the bandaged head. You can't repeat those within the unit. But with anything under five the repetition is obvious and spoils the effect.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Aug 2019 2:05 p.m. PST

Twenty-five poses.

If I can shave the soles or (Gawd Ferbbid) integral bases to get them different heights … bonus.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2019 2:57 p.m. PST

I am with the majority, I like my regulars to be pretty uniform, and my irregulars to be multi pose.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2019 3:06 p.m. PST

Depends on the figure scale and the conflict. I tend to get as many different poses for 15mm. 28mm I like them to be more much more similar.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2019 3:08 p.m. PST

Dagwood +2

Pythagoras06 Aug 2019 3:33 p.m. PST


Timbo W06 Aug 2019 5:41 p.m. PST

As mny as possible, but i do like to have the figures in a battalion doing the same activity. Eg loading and firing, marching, standing, or charging

RudyNelson06 Aug 2019 5:49 p.m. PST

Gunfreak is right on the era. More standardization during the 1600-1800. Less after then Napoleonic era. Two or three tuened heads or arm/leg variants.

Napoleonics some standardization but some variation during combat marching. No kneeling except for skirmishers.

Ancients to gunpowder as many poses as you want but no prone and few kneeling.

roving bandit06 Aug 2019 6:19 p.m. PST

My favorite units that I use for fantasy are all mono pose. Command just get converted and extra special paint job.

Martin Rapier06 Aug 2019 11:28 p.m. PST

Regulars as regular as possible (including Romans). Everyone else, a bit of variety, but not too much as to much variety gets in the way of production line painting.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2019 2:41 a.m. PST

Old Glory Napoleobics has done it well. Every figure model has a different head sculpt or one in a different position, but there are only three to five different bodies. This to me is ideal.

von Schwartz12 Aug 2019 4:57 p.m. PST

One for regulars, twenty-one for irregulars


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