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robpask13 Sep 2021 1:24 p.m. PST

May anyone suggest me cheap 6mm miniatures?

Griefbringer13 Sep 2021 1:43 p.m. PST

Do you have particular genre or period in mind?

robpask13 Sep 2021 1:52 p.m. PST

Ancient, Medieval, Fantasy, Pike&Muskets.

Jozis Tin Man Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 2:03 p.m. PST

Even in the US, I find the Baccus is the best value for the money in all of those periods.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Sep 2021 2:27 p.m. PST

Irregular in the UK

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 2:59 p.m. PST

Irregular is probably the cheapest.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 5:33 p.m. PST

Baccus are beautiful though.

Irregular – and I have quite a lot of 6mm figures from Irregular, 4 (is it more?) HoTT armies, Renaissance Italians, Ottomans a few other bits and bobs – are at the more basic end. You can certainly tell what things are, but the sculpts are more workmanlike. Hasn't stopped me buying quite a lot though, and they are cheaper.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 5:56 p.m. PST

OP, look at who offers what, see what you like, and buy that.

Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 6:25 p.m. PST

Don't forget about Heroics and Ros. They have been around forever, some very nice figs, very affordable and a huge selection. I have a lot of them as well as Baccus and I personally think H&R look better as massed troops, as do Irregular, which can be used with H&R. But you can't go wrong with Baccus either, a high quality product.

Baccus is not compatible with the above due to scale creep but it does work with Adler. These are the four main suppliers of what is really 5-8mm.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 6:32 p.m. PST

Agree with Tortorella – have Adler, H&R and Baccus and like all but you can't mix H & R with Baccus or Adler in the same unit – as noted, Baccus and Adler work well together

Martin Rapier14 Sep 2021 1:05 a.m. PST

Irregular and H&R are the cheapest and form the vast bulk of my 6mm collection. Although Irregular look a bit rough, they paint up really well.

Not a big fan of the 'heroic' 6mm stuff (iirc Baccus vehicles are around 1/240th) but I do have one Baccus ACW army I picked up second hand.

Whirlwind14 Sep 2021 9:22 p.m. PST

At the moment, UK prices look like this AFAIK:

Rapier Miniatures (Ancients, Medievals, ACW, Fantasy):
24 Infantry, 10 Cavalry £1.50 GBP
6.25p/Inf Fig, 15p/Cav Fig

Baccus Miniatures (Comprehensive):
96 Infantry £7.20 GBP (6); 45 Cavalry £8.40 GBP (7)
7.5p/Inf Fig, 18.66p/Cav Fig

Irregular Miniatures (Very Comprehensive):
6 Infantry £0.44 GBP; 5 Cavalry £0.88 GBP
7.33p/Inf Fig, 17.6p/Cav Fig (a bit more for C20 and C21 ranges WW2 11p/Inf Fig, 22p/Cav Fig)

Heroics & Ros (Comprehensive):
50 Infantry £4.50 GBP; 21 Cavalry £4.50 GBP
9p/Inf Fig, 21.4p/Cav Fig

GHQ (WW2 & Modern):
60 Infantry £11.95 GBP; 30 Cavalry £11.95 GBP/12.95
19.9p/Inf Fig, 39.8p/Cav Fig

Mainforce (WW2 & Modern):
4 Infantry £0.50 GBP
12.5p/Inf Fig

Scotia (C20):
50 Infantry £3.00 GBP; 20 Cavalry £3.00 GBP
6p/Inf Fig, 15p/Cav Fig

Brigade (SF):
24 Infantry £2.25 GBP
9.375p/Inf Fig

Vanguard (SF):
40 Infantry £8.00 GBP, 36 Cavalry £13.00 GBP (Microworld 40 Inf £6.50 GBP)
20p/Inf Fig, 36.1p/Cav Fig

Adler (WW2, Horse & Musket):
4 Infantry £0.32 GBP 2 Cavalry £0.35 GBP 32 Infantry or 8 Cavalry £2.75 GBP (not sure if this last figure is correct, seems pricey…it is the listed price for AWI cavalry. Most cavalry is at the lower price)
8-8.6p/Inf Fig, 17.5-34p/Cav Fig

Perfect Six (Fantasy):
16-20p per foot figure

2d6 Wargaming (Dark Ages, Feudal Japan, WW2):
48 Infantry £5.40 GBP 4 Infantry £0.50 GBP
11.25-12.5p/Inf Fig

Boki (Napoleonic French Line Inf only)
3 Infantry (0.20 Euro)
5.66p/Inf Fig

Grumbler Miniatures (Napoleonic, ACW)
96 Infantry £8.50 GBP, 30 Cavalry £6.00 GBP
8.85p/Inf Fig, 20p/Cav Fig

CP Models (SF)

If price is the only consideration, it looks to me like Rapier and Scotia are your best bets, dependent upon period. However, most ranges are fairly similarly priced, so often the best advice is just to choose the figures you like best. Since P&P depends on where you are buying, I have ignored this, although it can make a difference. GHQ and Microworld (both producers of very nice figures) will be significantly cheaper in North America, I imagine.

Martin Rapier15 Sep 2021 12:06 a.m. PST

Thanks Whirlwind, that is really helpful.

Whirlwind15 Sep 2021 1:47 a.m. PST

No worries Martin. I should just add that these are for the basic 'pack' from each manufacturer, however they are sold. You can reduce the price in some cases with the manufacturer's deals. For instance, in one of Baccus' infantry reinforcement packs of £19.80 GBP for 288 figures, the price drops to 6.875p/fig. I haven't priced up an Irregular Army Pack, an Adler regiment or a GHQ combat command and so on, but there may be other savings to be had in them.

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