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Texan Phil McBride02 Jun 2022 11:37 a.m. PST

I just found this forum page and am surprised not to see Jack Scruby's name pop up in a search. When my older brother found his catalogue in a Boys Life mag in 1960 or so, we began buying figures that arrived individually packed in sawdust, not plastic bags. Scruby minis started the two of us as teenagers on our 60 year love affair with miniature wargaming. So, a shout out to long gone Jack Scruby.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian02 Jun 2022 12:32 p.m. PST

Historifigs still carries many Scruby figures

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2022 1:40 p.m. PST

Yep, I can still smell the sawdust if I concentrate. And invariably, there were extra figures hidden in the sawdust.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2022 4:42 p.m. PST

You got extras? I was lucky to get what I ordered--unless you count flash as an extra. One of our players actually sent him a letter saying "flash arrived Thursday: when may I expect figures?"

Col Durnford02 Jun 2022 5:00 p.m. PST

How do the 25mm Zulu war figures compare to RalPartha?

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2022 5:38 p.m. PST

Robert, really? I can't ever recall having to deal with flash on Scruby figures. Maybe the molds deteriorated? I was ordering in the late 60s, early 70s.

Durban Gamer03 Jun 2022 3:43 a.m. PST

Srubies in the sawdust were also my 1st metals – about 55 years ago! Also went to one of his conventions, at Visalia?
Good memories from long ago!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2022 6:31 a.m. PST

The historifigs link gets posted semi-regularly on TMP. There are also semi-regular posts asking if they are still in business since they apparently never respond to emails.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2022 7:12 a.m. PST

"Maybe the molds deteriorated?"

What were you buying? Because that's exactly when I was building Scruby 30mm Napoleonics, and we used to say that it was not so much trimming flash as carving figures.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2022 1:20 p.m. PST

What an appropriate thread. I was just about to post a note for a friend asking if any one had Scruby tricorn/Seven Years war or Napoleonics to sell? He tried Historifigs but could not find any of the original 25mm figures.

Drop me a note if you have any you will part with. Thanks

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2022 1:34 p.m. PST

Some interesting Scruby info on the Courier Timeline. Original subscribers of War Games Digest



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I too had a number of those sawdust filled boxes with the figures hidden inside. I would just dump the whole thing in a bucket of water and get the figures that sank to the bottom. Later, people would send painted figures to me in boxes of rice crispies :)

Col. Durnford, I recall mixing the Ral Partha Zulu with Scruby Zulu but the former were an order of magnitude better sculpts.

Col Durnford03 Jun 2022 4:07 p.m. PST

Thanks for the update. After I posted I looked online and was able to see samples of the figures. I appreciate your information on the line. They may mix size wise, but I see what you mean as far as figure quality goes. I really don't need any more Zulus. That said, I just picked up a few packs on Minifig Zulus to use as Swazis.

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