Help support TMP

"Old figures on the Franco-Prussian War." Topic

9 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the 19th Century Discussion Message Board

Back to the 19th Century Product Reviews Message Board

Areas of Interest

19th Century

Featured Hobby News Article

Top-Rated Ruleset

Rank & File

Rating: gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star 

Featured Showcase Article

War of the Worlds Martian Tripod

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian reveals a long-lost Martian tripod.

Current Poll

Featured Book Review

761 hits since 30 May 2020
©1994-2020 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2020 7:18 a.m. PST

Hello all,

As I have never seen them in real life, who could tell me about the appearance of the 25mm historifigs figures from their range entitled: Franco Prussian War in War Game Miniatures Retired Subjects / Themes…

They are compatible with which more traditional figurines over the same period?


Can we still get them to see them?

Stay safe

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2020 7:51 a.m. PST

No, these are vintage Jack Scruby figures which were originally sculpted in the 1960s. I do not have any of the 25mm FPW figures but I do have a bunch of the Napoleonic figures. They are smaller figures, more in line with plastic 1/72 scale figures. You can see what they look like here: link . In particular, this old comparison post will show a vintage Scruby along with other "true" 25mm metal and 1/72 plastic figures: link .

Scruby also made a line of what he called "1-inch" figures which were really closer in height but not heft to today's 28 & 30mm figures. I do have one battalion (24 figures) and some gunners in my FPW German forces. They are the 1st Battalion, 1st Hessian Infantry Regiment Leib Garde. This post shows them and the gunners, although back then they were flagged as Silesian grenadiers: link . I've paired them with a battalion of Willie figures to make that two battalion regiment: link .

The 1" Scruby figures are no longer available but the Willie figures are still available from Spencer Smith Miniatures in the UK: link

Hope this has helped.


John Leahy30 May 2020 9:02 a.m. PST

Hi, I own some of their Prussian artillerymen. They fit in almost perfectly with my 1/72 plastics. I agree with Jim about this. The sculpts are solid without a ton a detail. I wish I could pick up some Prussian Cav.



BillyNM30 May 2020 1:07 p.m. PST

Can you still get Scruby Figures? I've tried emailing them (Historifigs) without reply.

dbf167630 May 2020 3:32 p.m. PST

I am certainly dating myself, but the first metal figures I ever bought were Scruby 30mm FPW figures in 1961. I used $6.00 USD of my paper route money. They cost $.15 USD per figure. They are all in a shoebox, somewhere.

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2020 11:46 p.m. PST

Hello and thank you all .

@ColCampbell: Bravo,If I understood correctly the figurines from the "Classic Franco Pruss" range from Spencer Smith Miniatures (in the UK) are Willie figures?

Is that why on the site of historifigs figures their FPW range is also called "Classic" (Classic 25mmSoldiers of the Franco-PrussianWar)?

But what are these Willie figures?

The range "Classic Franco Pruss" of Spencer Smith Miniatures has taken all the references of FPW Willie figures range?

Stay safe,

BillyNM31 May 2020 12:09 a.m. PST

SSM Classic FPW figures are a new range and not Willie figures that are listed separately.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2020 8:48 a.m. PST

I guess I stand corrected on the Willie figures. But they are very close in appearance to what Spencer Smith sells as his "Classic" figures.

The old Jack Scruby figures sold by Historifigs are called classic becuase they are, well, classic. They have no connection in design to the Spenser Smith line other than the name.

Sometimes it takes a while for Historifigs to respond to emails. He is a one-man shop. Give him a little while longer then send another e-mail.


Paskal Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2020 10:17 p.m. PST

The figures that Spencer Smith sells as his "Classic" figures are large (real 30mm), what other FPW figures from which manufacturers are compatible with? None?

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.