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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Feb 2020 11:40 a.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Have you ever played an Ancients game with 54mm figures?

75% said "no, I haven't gamed with 54mm Ancients"
14% said "yes, I've gamed with 54mm Ancients"

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 6:54 p.m. PST

Maybe the more interesting question is "would you".

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 6:47 a.m. PST

Where the heck do you even find enough 54mm ancients to game with? I have seen very little in the way of ancients in 54mm.

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 6:52 a.m. PST

There's actually quite a few figures out there, but you won't find much on your regular gaming sites. There usually found on Ebay and through places like the Michigan Toy Soldier company. You can get boxes of figs for one unit for under $20 USD, so it's pretty cheap. However, the quality varies greatly, finding specific units can be tough, then painting 54mm is at a whole other level.

Zephyr114 Feb 2020 8:56 p.m. PST

You don't need to paint them if they come in at least two different colors to represent the armies; Then you won't feel guilty when you start chucking dirt clods at them… ;-)

altfritz15 Feb 2020 7:36 a.m. PST

With games like Mortal Gods only having 3 figures per base, why not use Real Toy Soldiers, like those from King & Country?

Asteroid X15 Feb 2020 10:16 a.m. PST

Where the heck do you even find enough 54mm ancients to game with? I have seen very little in the way of ancients in 54mm.

Timpo used to make some very nice 54mm ancients moulded in colour. Good luck finding them today, though.

'Hat' also makes a fair mount of 54mm ancients for Punic Wars.

Most are unpainted, though, and are made with 2 piece moulds so can be flat looking.

These Toyway/Timpo Romans (current production, I believe) are better historically:

Toy Soldiers of San Diego

Battle Cry Bill17 Feb 2020 9:04 a.m. PST

I've run games in 54mm at a number of conventions over the past 20 years including Little Wars and HIstoricon. Figures are plentiful. Painting is fun and easy in the larger scale.

Check out Expeditionary Force for the most detailed figures and lines designed with gaming in mind.


PM me if you'd like more info on this.


davejl17 Feb 2020 2:23 p.m. PST

Have you seen the figures by Expeditionary Force of Singapore?
Very nice figures indeed

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Feb 2020 9:36 a.m. PST

Those Exp Force figures really are very good indeed!

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2020 10:59 a.m. PST

It would take Victrix-like quality for me to delve into 54mm but it would be enjoyable to do 1 Ancient or War of the Roses battle with them.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2020 5:25 p.m. PST

Those Expeditionary Force figures look nice, but all the ancients are 60mm not 54mm, if you had some actual 54mm already wouldn't they be incompatible?

JJartist20 Feb 2020 10:25 p.m. PST

The Conte Spartans are great for big scale with very paintable detail.


These seem good too:


Yesthatphil13 Mar 2020 2:58 a.m. PST

54mm figures can be easily accessible and inexpensive. Try a model shop or supplier rather than a Gaming Store that specialises in Warhammer stuff (where mostly you'll find 28mm stuff I think)

These are inexpesive (mostly Hat) figures …

The only limit is your imagination/

The pictures are from my local show, Hereward …

Hereward 2018


Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Mar 2020 3:55 a.m. PST

I've seen that game at Salute, I think? Looks terrific!

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2020 3:43 p.m. PST

I have been "toying" with the idea of using these "realistic" Asterix the Gaul figures and pitting them against Deetail Romans

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