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Thistlebarrow24 Oct 2021 9:53 a.m. PST

About 20 years ago I replaced all of my 25mm Hinton Hunt and 15mm Minifigs figures with 28mm Elite and 18mm AB figures. It was a big task, and took a number of years. 25mm, and now 28mm figures has always been my favourite scale. But I wanted to be able to fight much larger battles using the 18mm figures. As with most plans it did not work out. I now find that I play all of my games with 28mm, and the 18mm sit on the shelf collecting dust.

For many years I have felt I should find a new home for them. But the prospect of finding a buyer for the large collection, or worse still breaking it up and finding a series of buyers, has always put me off.

There are about 1100 foot and 150 mounted figures. All are AB figures and they are painted to a reasonable wargame standard.

I asked for advice on my regular blog, and was pleasantly surprised to receive so many constructive and helpful replies. One of them suggested that I put them on TMP. I have a feeling that is not allowed, but I thought I would repeat the request for advice on how best to dispose of the collection to the wider audience available here.

I hope that this is allowed, if not no doubt this post will be deleted. However it seems to me that this is a subject that must be of interest to a considerable part of the membership. No doubt many of you are like me in that you have figures which they no longer need, but you don't know how to dispose of them.

If any of you have bought, or sold, figures recently I would be interested to hear your suggestions on how best to dispose of a large collection.

I would also be interested to hear what the official policy is on TMP for anyone wishing to sell figures.

If you would like more details about the collection you can find it on my blog at link

JimDuncanUK24 Oct 2021 10:11 a.m. PST
Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2021 10:49 a.m. PST

Yes, the Marketplace is a good venue to use to sell to fellow TMPers, but one must be a supporting member in order to use it. Luckily you can buy a one month membership for $3.75 USD once you decide if you are going to sell your collection.

Unfortunately I cannot help with your request because I've only sold small bits. But I will be interested in hearing from others as I'm in my 7th decade now and will be needing to start downsizing in the future.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2021 10:56 a.m. PST

As noted, you need to be a supporting member to sell here. That said, supporting membership is dirt cheap. I have seen a number of large collections get sold in the Market Place. Sometimes the seller gets what he wants, sometimes the price gets reduced until market forces meet. It is a way to save on ebay fees, not worry about auctions, etc. Buy a membership, come up with a price, and then make a post.

Thistlebarrow24 Oct 2021 10:58 p.m. PST

Thanks for the link to the Marketplace. I have been a member here for a very long time, but have not realised it was there. The small cost is very reasonable. I will check it out.

Murvihill25 Oct 2021 4:30 a.m. PST

1300 figures? I thought you said it was large.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2021 6:51 a.m. PST

As a suggestion to anyone thinking of disposing of
figures, why not raffle them off ?

For years, I've donated 2-4 units of figures to our local
raffle which helps pay for the venue at which we run our
Southern Front convention. Others contribute as well,
including the vendors who attend, either with merchandise
or purchase vouchers. My donated units are usually
ACW, Nap or Colonial and mostly are infantry.

Our raffle has brought in as much as $1,300.00 USD, but
usually $500.00 USD or so.

Cavcmdr26 Oct 2021 8:09 a.m. PST

Please post pics.
AB 18mm works for me and I am collecting more and ….

Napoleonic megalomania got me decades ago.

Have fun.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 9:41 a.m. PST

I'm with Murvihill. I'll be packing more than that off to an eBay dealer this week. "Large" starts at about 5,000 30mm.

But yes, join for a short time and use the marketplace.

Fredloan28 Oct 2021 10:32 a.m. PST

I have over 4,000 AB figures and always looking for more. Send detailed pics to fred dot levine at yahoo

Thistlebarrow30 Oct 2021 10:28 a.m. PST

Photographs of all the sets and lists are now on my blog, which you can find here


Fredloan. I tried to send you photographs, but the email did not work

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2021 11:52 a.m. PST

I don't see any prices listed.

Thistlebarrow01 Nov 2021 11:59 a.m. PST

It is a very long time since I either bought or sold figures. I was hoping that in putting the photos on my blog someone who has sold, or bought, similar figures might be able to suggest a reasonable cost per figure.

If anyone can do so it would be much appreciated

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2021 1:39 a.m. PST

With painted figures much depends on era, make, metal vs plastic, and on the quality of the paint job. On that well-known auction site, you can search for "painted 18mm figures" and filter it to show 'completed items'. This shows a nicely painted 24-figure Swiss unit having sold for £59.00 GBP, 24 British line for £39.00 GBP, 32 Young Guard for £57.00 GBP and another for £82.00 GBP, all Eureka or AB. At the other end of the spectrum, 241 15mm ECW figures sold for £130.00 GBP and 22 Eureka ACW cavalry for £35.00 GBP

The range looks like £0.50 GBP to £2.50 GBP per figure. I would guess bulk lots would go for lower prices, because unless very lucky or a wargames holiday centre, the buyer is probably going to sell some of them on and will price the hassle in. It's hard to say without seeing them up close but I'd guess that as a job lot, a stash like yours, painted to a wargame standard, would go for £500.00 GBP to £1,000.00 GBP GBP.

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