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Russ Haynes Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2019 9:17 p.m. PST

What are your favorites and why? For infantry mine would have to be Old Glory. Between the Union and Confederate figures offered, there must be close to 100 different poses. I mainly use the marching figures to avoid the "the bayonet in the back" syndrome, but their advancing figures usually have their muskets pointed up at a fairly high angle, so are also useful (like Hood's Texans and the Iron Brigade).

dwight shrute08 Sep 2019 4:15 a.m. PST

the warrior ones are much under rated …

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 4:39 a.m. PST

Yup, Old Glory, simply the finest.

Cleburne186308 Sep 2019 5:24 a.m. PST

Original Old Glory Dave Alsop sculpts. I also really like Battle Honors/AB Miniatures.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 6:00 a.m. PST

Plus 1 Cleburne

Dances with Clydesdales08 Sep 2019 6:57 a.m. PST

Heritage, I like the look. I have others as well, Old Glory and Stone Mountain fill in gaps.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 7:00 a.m. PST

My collection for the ACW started about 32 years ago, and I am still painting BTW. It started with mostly Stone Mountain, Minifig, and some TTG. I have since added figures from Feikorps, Frontier, BH/AB, a ton of Old Glory, some Falcon, and some Peter Pig markers. I have a soft spot for the old ones, Minifig, TTG and SM. Outside of Stone Mountain and Minifig, the largest group by far is Old Glory. I really like the animation and variety of poses. Some of the sculpts are a bit weird but overall a really good range. Stone Mountain is another one that I really like. Very complete and has a good mix as well. Their artillery is the best IMO. Frontier had some nice stuff. Unfortunately I got to them too late. Falcon was ok, bases are too big and thick. Freikorps is very nice but more true 15mm so a bit small if you care about that. I have a crush on the TTG stuff, big heads and all. The artillery used to be crap. Not sure if they improved it. Minifig is Minifig…..

WARGAMESBUFF08 Sep 2019 10:24 a.m. PST

I sold all my 15mm for 10mm but graduated into kalistra figures fantastic strong metals.

Onomarchos08 Sep 2019 12:39 p.m. PST

For 18mm I really love the Blue Moon range. They have good proportions and detail with lots of great poses.


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 1:27 p.m. PST

I have Stone Mountain, many old Minifigs and Essex – Old Glory look nice but I have so many already – - -

Russ Haynes Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 1:40 p.m. PST

Cleburne, I have heard about Dave Alsop's OG figures and have always been intrigued as to what happened to them. Any information as to why OG stopped producing them? Or if there are any good pictures floating around the internet?

My second favorite would be AB. size-wise they match up with my OG better than Blue Moon and the available sculpts are great like everything else I've seen from Anthony Barton.

Russ Haynes Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 1:50 p.m. PST

I just started painting up some Blue Moon that I purchased a couple of years ago. Where does the time go? Lol My first 24-fig unit consists of a mix of Union troops in forage caps advancing and skirmishing in light equipment. I trimmed off the bayonets of the advancing troops so they would match. Not a big fan of the spade bayonets but little to no flash and when you trim the bayonets, the rifle size is consistent with the figures that have no bayonets.

For artillery my go to is Stone Mountain for the accuracy and variety of gun tubes. Their crew figures are great too.

As for cavalry, I have AB and OG unpainted, but for look I would have to go with the AB.

Stephen Miller08 Sep 2019 1:50 p.m. PST

For cavalry, I like Blue Moon and Battle Honors. They're both 18mm scale I think. Blue Moon also has the best Plains Indian Wars cavalry and Indian figures.

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 3:30 p.m. PST

I like Essex the most overall except for the small bases making it hard to mount them on stands. I also like the Old Glory for the variety of poses, but find the flag poles to be more delicate than other manufacturers' figures. Also, some of the poses don't have enough support between the figure and base so I find they snap off more easily than the other manufacturers' figures. I agree the best artillery is by Stone Mountain. I have lots of Stone Mountain figures, but find the oversized rifles on some to be a bit cartoonish. Also have Minifigs (from various times ranging from the strip ones to the last ones made here in the States), Blue Moon, Heritage, Peter Pig, Freikorps, Frontier, TTG. Oddly enough I don't recall having any Battle Honours or from Anthony Barton. Plus one or two types from various buys that I have no idea who made them.

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 3:30 p.m. PST

Boy, I sound picky, don't I?

Russ Haynes Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 5:18 p.m. PST

Gamertom, naw you're like the rest of us. :) Everyone has their preferences when they've tried as many different brands as you have.

Perris070708 Sep 2019 5:48 p.m. PST

Russ Haynes – the Company 19th Century Miniatures owns the molds, but I was told that the original production molds had deteriorated to the point of no return. They purchased all the molds from Old Glory Miniatures. What happened to the master molds I cannot say. They must be somewhere out there. They are undoubtedly my favorite 15mm ACW figures.

Russ Haynes Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 6:06 p.m. PST

Perris, too bad. I'm sure I would have liked them.

LT Sparker08 Sep 2019 7:23 p.m. PST

Peter Pig for me! I may use AB for some of the staff and artillery, but the lack of bayonets on the AB Marching poses puts me off their infantry. Plus the Peter Piggies have so much character!

Cleburne186309 Sep 2019 4:01 a.m. PST

Russ, unfortunately, Dave passed away in the early 90s. You can tell the difference in the various OG style figures.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 7:31 a.m. PST

Thank you Sparker!

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 11:34 a.m. PST

Another vote for Heritage.

Russ Haynes Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 11:39 a.m. PST

Cleburne, what set Dave's 15mm ACW apart from what OG currently offers? I have heard that his 25mm figures were multi-part. Were the 15mm compatible in size to the current figures? Sorry to ask so many questions. I'm just curious. Would love to see a pic or two, but thanks for the info.

Quaama09 Sep 2019 6:49 p.m. PST

Mostly AB and the rest are Old Glory as those two figure sizes are similar and mix well. I would stick exclusively to AB if they had a bigger range.

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 8:12 p.m. PST

I fell like I am piling on, but Old Glory simply were and are the finest. I cannot forget how exciting it was when Russ and Connie released those first 100-pack with 40 different figure types in the bag. Before that, packs of 24 and all pretty much the same. Outstanding. And the Heritage figures deserve some love too. They are a bit small by today's standards but were exceptional figures. I still have some to this day,.

Cleburne186310 Sep 2019 4:52 a.m. PST

Normal, me too. I remember a friend bringing in the new 100 packs. It was amazing. Before that we just had Stone Mountain. All the poses were the same. It was electrifying.

Cleburne186310 Sep 2019 4:53 a.m. PST

Russ, if you mean the newer 18mm Blue Moon, I don't know. I don't own any.

HMS Exeter10 Sep 2019 1:15 p.m. PST

It is especially confusing that the large bag Civil War offerings from Battle Honours and Old Glory came out about the same time, and are now both under the same roof. There was a third one that came out at the same time, whose name eludes me, but I think they imploded pretty quickly.

I had bought a fair few of these figures some time ago that I thought were OGs. I have lately done some checking and they are BH's. The BH figs today are unchanged from days past.

Russ Haynes Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2019 7:52 p.m. PST

Cleburne, no I was referring back to the size of Dave Alsop's 15mm figures. Were they compatible in size to what OG currently offers? Just curious. Thanks for the information. ☺

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2019 8:48 p.m. PST

Dave Alsop's 15mm figures were what I would call a true 15mm figure. The new Blue Moon figures, of which I own around 200, are an 18mm figure. They, too are of a very high quality but are much bigger than the old Old Glory figs. For me, they were too large to put on the same table. I believe the Old Glory 15s currently offer are a match for Mr. Alsop's figures.

Cleburne186311 Sep 2019 3:56 a.m. PST

Old Glory 15s are the same. Some of the old Dave Alsop figures are still mixed in there. Blue Moon, as said, are closer to 18mm.

historygamer21 Oct 2019 6:23 a.m. PST

The molds are not important, it is the original sculpt that is the key. Molds come and go as they wear out. It is up the company that bought them to make sure the molds are up to par. Another vote of OG 15mms. Dave Alsop was the best, and unfortunately he was killed in a tragic car accident. :-( He really helped revolutionize the hobby.

teramaze27 Oct 2019 7:24 a.m. PST

I used stone mountain figs

ChrisBrantley29 Oct 2019 1:30 p.m. PST

My ACW 15mm ACW collection also goes back 40 years, and includes a mix of Stone Mountain, Freikorps, Old Glory, AB Battle Honors and Frontier.

RAOldham181230 Oct 2019 4:03 p.m. PST

Really Like AB but OG has the most variety of poses. On the table they all look the same now. Painting some OG i had laying around now.

BW195903 Nov 2019 9:48 a.m. PST

Another vote for the old Heritage figures

Maxshadow12 Apr 2020 2:33 a.m. PST

AB. Some of favourite 15/18mm figures of any period.

RudyNelson12 Apr 2020 9:29 a.m. PST

Stone Mountain, before them most of mine were Minifig.

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2020 4:44 p.m. PST
DJCoaltrain26 Apr 2020 11:29 p.m. PST

I have OG and Blue Moon for my ACW and my SYW. I like them both. I used to have Minifigs 2nd and Confederals.

Larry Gettysburg Soldiers Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2020 8:49 a.m. PST

AB and Blue Moon… I am reluctant to paint any other brands these days.

A couple pics over on TMP thread: TMP link


Aspern1809 Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Oct 2020 5:24 a.m. PST

AB are excellent. I also think the original OG are great. Naismith (true 15mm) were fantastic for their time as well.

Rev Zoom18 Nov 2020 9:12 a.m. PST

My ACW figures total somewhere north of 3500 – all painted and based – and include all makers mentioned above EXCEPT Blue Moon. Blue Moon's 18mm size just does not fit in with the others. A couple years ago I rebased all the figures – mixing them all together regardless of manufacturer. I like the variety of sizes and poses and do not see any further rebasing (at my age, I don't have that much time left). I guess, if I had to make a choice, my favorite would be Battle Honours/AB. Followed by Old Glory.

138SquadronRAF19 Nov 2020 10:00 a.m. PST

Old Glory 15s or now Blue Moon. If I was doing the period today, it would be in 10mm

Clays Russians26 Nov 2020 6:57 a.m. PST

Stone Mountain in the 1990s single pose regimental packs… easy to paint, well animated, and easy to convert. Wish I could get them now like that…. I loved that line, but sold them off just prior to 911.

95th Division17 Dec 2020 8:44 a.m. PST

Old Glory.

huevans01125 Dec 2020 7:18 p.m. PST

AB's exclusively. They are belatedly enlarging the range and have recently added Rebs in kepis, Iron Bde and Zouaves marching.

Ruchel26 Dec 2020 12:54 p.m. PST

XAN Miniatures are my favorite. Excellent sculpts, and they are compatible in size to AB and Blue Moon.

Wealdmaster26 Dec 2020 8:12 p.m. PST

Freikorps 15 are not necessarily my favorite but very much worth a mention. Serious research went into them re equipment, uniforms. Huge variety of uniforms present even the obscure early war ones. Massive array of field and fortress artillery. I think at some point not that long ago they redid the molds too at QRF.

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