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Stalkey and Co24 Nov 2020 12:04 p.m. PST

Anyone have thoughts on manufacturers whose figs are close in the taller height and the bulk of Scruby's American Revolution figs?

I am especially looking for officers, mounted generals, personalities, etc.

I've heard and seen some about Stadden, Willie's, and such, but would like to hear from someone who has the figs, see comparison pics, etc.

Thanks for any guidance!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2020 1:00 p.m. PST

Historifigs are a really good match.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2020 1:15 p.m. PST

In fact, Historifigs is the owner of the old Scruby line. Mike Tabor is a one-man operation so may be a little slow, especially if he has to cast the figures, but I've never been disappointed in the product.

historifigs.com/site

You'll want to click on "Wargame Miniatures: Active Subjects/Themes" then on "The Tricorne Era" and finally on "Classic 25mm" to get to the 'original' Scruby figures. Scroll down to the American Revolution line from there. There are no mounted officers or personality figures, but you could possibly use 3418C – Mounted Infantry, tricorne, musket by clipping down the musket into a sword.

You could also use the Miniature Figurines line which are about the same height but are chunkier than Scruby/Historifigs figures.

link

This is a British company with no US supplier so postage may be excessive compared to Historifigs.

Finally the various plastic American Revolution figures are compatible with the older Scruby but will be much more detailed. You can see what is available at the Plastic Soldier Review site: link

Good luck!

Jim

khanscom24 Nov 2020 6:27 p.m. PST

If you can live with plastic, Airfix or most of the other 1/72 lines are a good match as ColCampbell says. My first wargames featured Airfix figs with Scruby.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2020 8:18 p.m. PST

There were at least 2 Scruby AWI lines. The one that was close to Airfix and one that was 30mm.

rmaker24 Nov 2020 8:40 p.m. PST

Not to mention the N-Gauge line.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2020 7:24 a.m. PST

The links above are to the "true" 25mm Historifigs lines.

Jim

Stalkey and Co25 Nov 2020 9:05 a.m. PST

Rats, I didn't realize there was a 25mm line, also.

Sorry, I'm talking about the 30mm line, which is why I was thinking of Jacdaw, Willie's, Stadden, etc.

Basically, I have a bunch of battered 30mm Scruby AWI, and I am trying to round things out a bit.

Especially of interest, is if the Historifigs 28mm Tricorne Era are comparable. I sent Mike an email but haven't heard back yet – unsurprising since it is a holiday week.

Stalkey and Co13 Dec 2020 2:37 p.m. PST

@col campbell
I don't see any AWI / AMREV figs at minifigs site – am I missing something?

Also, they are listed as 25mm – that seems a bit of a stretch to 30mm…?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2020 3:18 p.m. PST

One of the first stirrings of the eternal "Is this 25mm range compatible with that 25mm range" was back in the 70s. It has never been settled. grin
Scruby 25mm were supposed to be ok with Airfix. And then Minifigs came along…
But really, nobody was all that interested in being compatible with the other guy. That's a modern phenomenon. Minifigs in particular wanted to be your one stop source for that scale AWI figure.
To keep you on your toes, there was a "1 inch" range, that was probably the same as his Airfix/25mm scale. Maybe.

Scruby "25mm" are definitely NOT anywhere near 28mm, especially 30mm.

There is a totally different range that is 30mm, by design.
That was then. Back when Jack hand cast single figures. The picture of him doing that on a cover of the Courier was scary, since my background was in manufacturing back then.
I assume no responsibility for the accuracy of my account in 2020. grin
Are the three different Scruby AWI scales, N-gauge, 25mm (one inch) and 30mm available now? I don't know.

And please. Pedants. Let's hear no "It's not a scale! It's a size!" Technically you are correct, but it never mattered. Except to pedants.

It was confusing back then. It hasn't gotten any clearer.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2020 3:19 p.m. PST

That's why I started with Hinchliffe and stuck with them. grin

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