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Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2022 7:19 p.m. PST

What's the thought these days on Dixon Samurai? Was thinking of picking some up that I found for a decent price but they have such a distinct look that they don't mix well with other figs. Still, I am tempted.


Garand11 Jul 2022 7:49 p.m. PST

I think there are a lot of much better figures on the market. For Sengoku samurai, money well spent on Perry Miniatures. For earlier Gempei war era, I like The Assault Group. Both have loads more detail & better sculpting.


DisasterWargamer11 Jul 2022 8:29 p.m. PST

For 15mm they have a nice range and poses

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2022 9:02 p.m. PST

I used to have an army of Dixon Samurai and admittedly they are not the most detailed of figures with some proportions that are questionable. But having said that, the range is extremely varied with lots of poses and the figures have a distinctive character about them I actually like. They don't mix with other ranges but I have seen armies of Dixon Samurai that have been gorgeously painted so I would not dismiss Dixon out of hand.

olicana12 Jul 2022 12:02 a.m. PST

Dixon are much easier to paint than most. I'm a pretty good painter (professionally) and they would be my choice for an army. They are characterful, there is plenty of variation, and they look splendid in large numbers. I'm planning a collection of around 1200 at some point (which, I know, is about half the size of one of my usual collections but they do take time and patience to paint).

For skirmish games (less than 200 figures) I'd go Perry. They would be very time consuming and difficult to get right because the detail (lace, etc.) is so fine on those sculpts. Painted by anyone with little skill, they look dreadful – splodged black blobs.

Hydra Studios Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Jul 2022 4:48 a.m. PST

Even though there are many manufactures of Samurai, I absolutely LOVE Dixon. They were my first samurai figures in the early 90s and I continue to buy them to this day. They have a very distinct size and proportions and do not mix well with other manufacturers. However, they have a certain style that reminds me of old Japanese paintings and artwork from the time period. If you are looking for proper proportions and anatomy you may want to consider alternatives.


skipper John12 Jul 2022 5:18 a.m. PST

Let me apologize right up front but… They look really "goofy."

Though I really like Scheltrm miniatures and those boys all look FAT!

cavcrazy12 Jul 2022 11:11 a.m. PST

I think Dixon figures are great. I have their Plains Indians and cavalry. Their wagons are beautiful. The ACW range is amazing. I can see how they're not everybody's cup of tea though.

Dexter Ward12 Jul 2022 2:05 p.m. PST

Very strange proportions. Huge heads, stumpy legs the same length as their arms, very exaggerated folds in clothing. Some people love them though.

Thresher0112 Jul 2022 2:43 p.m. PST

I seem to recall many of their troops having pumpkin-like heads.

Dagwood13 Jul 2022 10:58 a.m. PST

Dixons – the "Marmite" of wargaming !!

Capt Flash13 Jul 2022 7:40 p.m. PST

Dixon Samurai are great! Yes their distinctive style and cartoony proportions won't match anything else, but that's OK. You'll have a nice, and fun looking collection.
It took me a while to piece together my army. And yes my "army" is small skirmish compare to olicana's armies.

Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2022 7:56 p.m. PST

Its a matter of taste but I painted large Perry Samurai and Korean armies. Took me most of Covid lockdown period but well worth the effort. I always found Dixon very out of proportion but some folks love that look…

bobm195911 Aug 2022 2:02 a.m. PST

Dixon's Samurai are based on Japanese art and not Japanese people.

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