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monk2002uk01 Mar 2022 4:55 a.m. PST

A photo of 6mm resin-printed Russian hussars from the Turner Miniatures range, painted in various uniform colours:

The buildings are from TimeCast.


Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2022 5:04 a.m. PST

Those are really really nice! thumbs up

YogiBearMinis01 Mar 2022 6:49 a.m. PST

Those are amazing.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2022 7:23 a.m. PST

Mustaches on 6mm figs! That is crazy good – very impressive and thanks for sharing

von Winterfeldt01 Mar 2022 8:41 a.m. PST

they look great, please show us more.

Bandolier01 Mar 2022 1:01 p.m. PST

Yes, agree with the other comments.
Lovely prints and skilful painting.

14Bore01 Mar 2022 2:17 p.m. PST

Amazing work on those little guys

pfmodel01 Mar 2022 7:43 p.m. PST

very nice

monk2002uk02 Mar 2022 11:51 a.m. PST

Thank you very much. The figures are a joy to paint, having a level of detail that is extraordinary for the size.


Steamingdave204 Mar 2022 9:32 a.m. PST

As others have said, a very fine paint job, but, like many 6mm ranges they suffer from distorted proportions. The rider's head appears to be massive in comparison to the size of the horse. I appreciate there are practical problems in sculpting this scale of figure, even using 3D technology, but there must be a way of getting proportions closer to reality.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2022 10:06 a.m. PST

Agreed. Well painted, but the head makes them a little odd-looking. Perhaps it is not as noticeable on the table.

Marcus Brutus04 Mar 2022 12:48 p.m. PST

I don't mind slightly exaggerated heads for 6mm. Reminds me of Adler figures which I quite like.

monk2002uk04 Mar 2022 10:13 p.m. PST

Very important comments, thank you. Proportions do not scale downwards in a linear way. If these figures were to be printed (or cast in lead the mode of production does not matter) even close to the proportions in reality then, based on experience, there are major problems. The heads appear smaller for sure but the arms, legs (both human and horse), sabres, etc become so thin that the figure becomes ultra-fragile. More important is that the proportions, whilst accurate geometrically, do not look right at all. This is partly due to the same effect that causes issues with paint colours. There is much less surface to reflect light and this leads to distortions, both in terms of perceived shapes and in the reflected colours once the figures are painted.

The figures in the photo have been magnified significantly, primarily to illustrate the painting which, in turn, is a reflection of the quality of the sculpts. The god's eye view above the table is very different. This is where the likes of 6mm really come into their own, especially with large multi-division forces on the table.

As a side note, 3D figures can be scaled using the source files. The Turner Miniatures range is released for printing 6mm figures out-of-the-box. When scaling up the size to 10-, 15- and 20mm then many people vary the degree by which the X-, Y- and Z- axes are scaled. The Z-axis is scaled to give the required height, say 20mm, where the X- and Y- axes that control the length and width of the figure are both scaled differently and at less than the percentage used for the Z-axis.


Steamingdave206 Mar 2022 11:20 a.m. PST


Thanks for the technical explanation. My particular issue was the discrepancy between human head size and that of the horse.
I have 6mm metal figures from H+R, Baccus, Adler and others. My old H+R, ( see pic in link ) 1980s vintage, seem to have the most realistic proportions, although clearly not as detailed as more modern figures, including your own.
The issue of "proportion" is not just one that affects 6mm figures, of course; lots of 28mm figures are ridiculously stocky and increasingly seem to be more " 32mm" or bigger, rather than 28mm

monk2002uk06 Mar 2022 12:58 p.m. PST

I understand. There is a new variant of horse now, which is taller and has larger proportions. The latest releases come with this horse as standard. I have printed both and don't mind either way personally. It isn't noticeable at 4' above the table, from my perspective at least.

I have the old H&R too. They are still ok, even today. The newer ranges are very good. Just that tad larger and lovely to paint. The ankles are more likely to snap because of the proportions, compared with other metal figures. This is rare though in my experience.


Steamingdave207 Mar 2022 10:25 a.m. PST


Will be interested to see the new horses, please post pictures when you have them. Good luck with your project.

monk2002uk07 Mar 2022 12:44 p.m. PST

I have some printed but not painted. Let me pull together a few photos.


monk2002uk08 Mar 2022 2:36 a.m. PST

Here are British light dragoons on the larger horses:


bgbboogie08 Mar 2022 6:18 a.m. PST

very nice indeed..

le Grande Quartier General Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2022 2:56 p.m. PST

I quite like the exaggerated heads- I think they look great from a gaming distance.

pfmodel01 Apr 2022 11:39 p.m. PST

I am impressed by the detail.

MarbotsChasseurs04 Apr 2022 9:12 a.m. PST

Looks great,

Can you create your own miniatures using the blender files? I wouldn't mind messing around with some uniforms.

monk2002uk19 Apr 2022 11:06 a.m. PST

Yes, the Blender files allow you to manipulate body parts and equipment.


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