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Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2020 8:29 p.m. PST

Does anyone have these world of fun plexiglass cut out figures?
link

There are ancient, Napoleonic, Jacobites, Texas revolution, American Civil War, wild west, American revolution. They look very interesting in both 15 mm in 28 mm. The price is in euros so I'm not sure how that translates to dollars in pounds but may be a dollar apiece, painted!

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Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2020 9:40 p.m. PST

Those are pretty cool looking. Really like the Comanche.

Duc de Brouilly06 Jun 2020 12:58 a.m. PST

Good find. I like the Peter Dennis ones (not so sure about the others). Will probably get some, as fiddling around with glue and scissors to make the paper ones always seemed like a bit of a faff to me. Interested to know if anyone else has some.

Black Hat Miniatures06 Jun 2020 2:49 a.m. PST

I agree that the Peter Dennis ones are great and removed my reservations about the other ones with faces with beards and moustaches where historically they wouldn't have had them…

Mike

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 3:14 a.m. PST

Curiously attractive. I admire Peter Dennis as an artist by I am too far gone on solid metal and plastic figures to dabble with these. Great idea though.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 3:42 a.m. PST

I have a set of 18mm ancients. They look great but are a little fiddly to take out of their spruces. I did get a few breaking despite being very careful, but they glue back together pretty easily.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine06 Jun 2020 3:55 a.m. PST

They're cool. I have to much invested in metal but they have a certain aesthetic charm.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 4:16 a.m. PST

Bob,
I thought they were pretty neat as well. I found the website difficult to navigate though.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 5:46 a.m. PST

I am glad that I'm not the only who had trouble navigating the site. It's pretty neat concept, but you are at their mercy for figure types.

Legionarius06 Jun 2020 7:32 a.m. PST

Interesting as an experiment. But, like others, I have too much invested in metal and a few plastics to branch out. Eventually, someone will come up with a way to print rounded (rather than flat) pre-painted mass produced 15 and 28 mm figs hard plastic that are cheap. That would be a hit to flesh out armies. It could also mean trouble for traditional 15mm and 28mm metal manufactures.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 7:37 a.m. PST

Well, they already make figures in plastic that are pretty darn cheap for filling out armies.

It's the STL files for the home printer that will eventually kill off the metal caster.

Duc de Brouilly06 Jun 2020 8:10 a.m. PST

I'm afraid that, not for the first time, I'm rather put off by the shipping charges: 16 Euros to send what must be a very light package to the UK.

kodiakblair06 Jun 2020 8:13 a.m. PST

What a marvelous idea.

Only two products have interested me in probably the last 20 years. One was Peter's "Battles for Britain" cardboard figures,the other Commission Figurines 6 mm MDF flats. This makes three products.

Last house move was an absolute nightmare,how does anyone end up with 45 Kg of 2mm figures ? No more metal for me.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 9:48 a.m. PST

I will get these for my 7 year old grandson who is very interested in the Civil War now. He has only odds and ends of plastic figures at present, unlike all of us "old timers." I see these as very useful starters for younger folks, just getting into the hobby. Maybe an "older" who wants to try a new period -- Jacobites?

Strange that they did not have a range of fantasy types.

I had trouble with the site too, but noticed that when you click on a link, it shows up low on the screen but learned to get around.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 4:50 p.m. PST

More back ground

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MajorB07 Jun 2020 10:06 a.m. PST

Does anyone know if they are using the Peter Dennis artwork legally?

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2020 11:51 a.m. PST

This is what Wargame Illustrated writes
"What we have here is something a bit radical. Peter Dennis has been working for a while on his ‘Paperboys' series of cut out and construct figures, from which you can form ranks of two dimensional wargames soldiers. Now with the help of Romanian company "World of Fun' (or simply Wofun) Peter has transformed his paperboys into plastic boys!"

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2020 4:57 a.m. PST

I've made ACW unit flats for a 3D conversion of the Battle Cry board game -

They were just 1-sided images, but I enjoyed the project (made some WW2 versions also).

Where I see flats as having greater promise, would be for mass-unit periods – like for ancients and medievals, where the strips of flats could be stacked up into ranks, to make unit blocks, rather than having a single line or a couple strips of flats trying to make the effect of a deep combat formation (think of that box above, but all those strips pushed together to make some block formations out of them).

Commission Figures make 6mm MDF flats in a number of periods, that still need painting (but it's still a similar concept for gaming figures), the Commission catalog with some pics linked here -

PDF link

Back to the 'stacking' up idea of successive rows of flats, to make mass units – that's where I would go with this idea…..someone needs to market, say, 6mm pre-printed flats (images front and back, with the troops shoulder to shoulder in strips). Then gamers could buy the number of strips that they wanted, to be glue together to make up their unit blocks, for ancients/medievals/even ECW armies for example.

Better yet, the strips could be made magnetically detachable, and casualties could be assessed by separating the ranks to remove a strip for indicating the losses suffered in a unit's block.

We know the whole 3D Print movement is making unit-type stands more accessible – but you still need to paint the units up……having pre-printed flats-style ranks, which could be joined up together to make block formations is something I'd buy.

I've wanted to experiment with this idea, but have too many projects already!

wmyers10 Jun 2020 8:14 p.m. PST

They are nice looking.

Rjvonline21 Jun 2020 11:25 a.m. PST

I've had my eyes on these guys since their KS. The Peter Dennis line looks better than the original art, although the latter did better at creating a 3D illusion. WoFun has an impressive calendar of Peter Dennis releases. The ACW range is slated for early 2021.

Minis is my Waterloo Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2020 9:04 a.m. PST

So I have to ask…now that it's been a couple of months since the last comment, what's the general verdict on these figs? I have some, I think they're cool, I can't get anyone else to dive in….anyone else mind sharing their experiences?

PAtack29 Sep 2020 6:44 a.m. PST

I recently purchased the Rome v Carthage set from Raven Banner Games here in the US and am pretty happy with it. It fills a gap where I want to game but don't want to spend the $ and time on painting and assembly.

I agree that the punching can lead to a few breaks (mainly units with long spears), but they are easily fixed – and / or stuck in the second rank!

I think they look nice from the front and rear aspect – the side view or anywhere you can see the plexi that does not have artwork is a bit meh, but with the 18mm ones, is not horrible once you have them on the table. I don't expect I'll see any converts from traditional minis in my group, but this will give me (and maybe others) a quick play Ancients battle to scratch the itch when I just need something quick and easy to set up and play.

Rev Zoom29 Sep 2020 8:34 a.m. PST

Sorry, but these do zero for me. I'd just as soon play a board wargame from the get go. If it's not 3D, why bother?

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