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Rusty Balls04 Sep 2021 12:26 p.m. PST

I just purchased a copy of the Pony Wars reprint. Have never played the game and don't know much about it actually but my research so far seems to indicate that:
A. It uses a lot of figures so best for smaller scales
B. It was originally designed for 15mm but now has modifications for different scales.

I don't want to do 28mm so that leaves 15mm, 10mm and 6mm. I am trying to ascertain the figure options for 15 and 10mm. Looking for complete lines.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Prince Rupert of the Rhine04 Sep 2021 12:36 p.m. PST

Peterpig have a pretty good western range in 15mm

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GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Sep 2021 1:00 p.m. PST

I have a large collection of 15mm I've put together from a variety of manufacturers but haven't got around to painting.


They are for sale on my website …

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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2021 1:09 p.m. PST

OG/Blue Moon is another 15mm range to look at.

Pendraken has a new 10mm line, but I don't think they have wagons, stage coaches, etc.

Baccus has a good 6mm range.

Irregular has some stuff in multiple scales, but I wouldn't call it a complete range.

I am exploring the smaller scales as well since I don't want to paint hundreds of 15mm mounted Indians, although I believe that it the most comprehensive scale. Between PP and OG, there is probably not a lot left undone.

DyeHard04 Sep 2021 2:25 p.m. PST

Scale of figures might best be considered in relation to the size of action you want.

28mm are great for man-to-man like Western gun fights.
15mm allow more terrain so troops of men.
10mm allows things like an entire fort or trains etc.
6mm allow big actions, real unit maneuver, mobile artillery.

Western conflicts, both cinematic and real, can stretch over a lot of terrain, so picking smaller figures helps with this.

McKinstry Fezian04 Sep 2021 3:01 p.m. PST

The Blue Moon 15/18 stuff is very attractive and very complete as is Peter Pig but the Peter Pig stuff is noticeably smaller than Blue Moon.

I love the Pendraken stuff but you'd have to check it for completeness.

Baccus put out a full range (minus maybe US infantry?) and it is their usual good quality. Irregular also does it in 6mm but I am unfamiliar with that line.

Blasted Brains04 Sep 2021 3:24 p.m. PST

Bluemoon is probably best bet in US – and check the Napoleonic equipment range of wagons and carts for additional wheeled vehicles.

Peter Pig has a train, check QRF/Freikorps for track for the trains.

Old Glory has the Camp Far West river boat for the Custer's demise campaign.

That is all for 15 mm.

Wargamer Blue04 Sep 2021 4:09 p.m. PST

I just bought 50 mounted Indians in 15mm scale from Peter Pig. They seem to have all the options I will need going forward, except for a Lone Ranger figure. Might have to mod something up if I can't find anything out there.

HMS Exeter04 Sep 2021 4:43 p.m. PST

Freikorps has a line they call Yellow Ribbon. You can get them thru QRF. Be advised, these are TRUE 15s.

I'm pretty sure the old issues with the Freikorps alloys are long in the past, tho if someone familiar with their current offerings could confirm.

Mike Broadbent04 Sep 2021 5:54 p.m. PST

I have recently made a range in 20mm (1:72) that is available through Slave 2 Gaming.

Mike

Blasted Brains04 Sep 2021 7:20 p.m. PST

QRF/Freikorps haven't had an alloy issue in decades very old news.

The Yellow Ribbon range is a very nice range of figures. They have packs of civilians. And a nice gatling gun set-up. Though no one comes close to the civilian offerings from Bluemoon's range.

A lot of people forget the range from Hovels in 15 mm only range I know of that includes a purpose Pony Express rider, both mounted and on foot. Again, small figures probably the smallest 15 mm figures for Old West/Pony Wars. They also have some civilian figures at least native villagers.

Most ranges will work together but the big guys are Irregular and Bluemoon, the small ones are Peter Pig and Hovels. The others fit in between.

We really need a Lone Ranger figure mounted on a rearing horse, of course, and on foot with a matching Tonto mounted and on foot. Some manufacturer needs to step up to that challenge or one of use needs to commission them (sorry, not me, I've done my part in getting a number of figures made including a very expensive commission.)

And I know it is a bit anachronistic from an earlier era, but I'd love to see a Zorro figure and other figures from the Mask of Zorro movie! The one with Catherine Zeta-Jones. I know there were some other big names in the movie but that fencing scene with the hat well, who could notice anyone else. And it needs to include the Mexican 'police' with the fat sergeant and the big guy that looses his teeth.

Who are you going to use for your Dando figure?

Stephen Miller04 Sep 2021 7:44 p.m. PST

My favorites are the Blue Moon figures from Old Glory; these are really 18mm figures. If you want even more variety in poses, you can add in some of the Blue Moon Civil War figures. I do that for my Indian Wars dioramas, but for anything after the early 1870's, I remove the sabers with my exacto knife as all the CW figures come with sabers.

Prince Alberts Revenge04 Sep 2021 7:48 p.m. PST

Not to hijack the thread but how does one use smaller scales like 6mm and 10mm with the Pony Wars rules? From what I've read it seems like individually based figures are preferred…

Legionarius04 Sep 2021 8:08 p.m. PST

I mix Peter Pig, Essex, Blue Moon and Old Glory without problems. Each has something to contribute to the Old West period. To me the size difference is not a big deal. You can also put a thin washer under the smaller figures bases and they match the larger ones better. By careful placement and terraining you can mix manufacturers in the same base with good effect. It's a very colorful period.

JSchutt04 Sep 2021 9:24 p.m. PST

Alas ….Frontier is trapped in stasis somewhere in Florida.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2021 7:08 p.m. PST

When we did the 15mm Western range from Minifigs, we wanted to market them with Pony Wars (or B Troop ain't coming back) rules but were unable to get anyone to respond to our needs. The author seemed to have written them with the Minifig range in mind as all the "pieces" were available from them. IMHO, this range was the best detailed 15mm range on offer from them. My paintjobs just do not do them justice! Sadly, very few wanted western themed ranges back then (late 1990's). Musket minis did buildings to go with the range. Here are a couple of pictures for you. I have no clue if the current owner of Minifigs in the UK even offers them anymore. link

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Blasted Brains06 Sep 2021 8:11 p.m. PST

Check this link for the current offering from Caliver for Minifigs old west in 15 mm:

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I believe that the current best teepee in 15 mm is the one from Peter Pig's Western range though the set from Bluemoon is nice and has varied sizes which is probably more realistic. All the other teepee offerings I am aware of are always the same. WarIn15mm did a great job of modifying a teepee and putting it up of 'stilts' to show a teepee open to the air: warin15mm.com/#/pier Have a look at the 10th photo. By the way, great site to inspire us all.

Checked out Bacchus' range and its pretty good – though possibly missing a track laying crew if not mixed in with civilians. I am sticking with 15 mm – have FAR TOO MUCH to consider changing.

Jeffers07 Sep 2021 10:30 a.m. PST

I used strips of thick coloured card when I was a cash-strapped teenager…

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