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15 May 2006 5:35 p.m. PST
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regaltulcea1 Inactive Member15 May 2006 4:59 p.m. PST

does anyone still game ww1 with 20mm figures and if so which company do they prefer – I am interested in early war figures.
thanks wray

Syr Hobbs Wargames Sponsoring Member of TMP15 May 2006 7:08 p.m. PST

Try this link out or post an inquiry on the Elhiem forum with questions. They have started a database of 20mm figures and lines, including WWI and it may prove useful.


Although I sell Platoon 20 figures, I've not seen the WWI Platoon 20 range of WWI figures. There is also the old IT Miniatures line of WWI figures if they are still in business.

I know that the 20mm WWII line is now with S&A not sure about their old WWI line.


tinned fruit Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2006 11:18 p.m. PST

For Early War try Britannia at:-


They're Great! The French are particularly nice.

For WW1 in Africa check out Raventhorpe who unfortunately have no website.

Hope this helps.


rsutton15 May 2006 11:30 p.m. PST

Take a look at my web site


Mostly 20mm, using mostly HaT plastcis (with a few other manufacturers thrown on for those difficult to find items) played using the Great War Spearhead rules.



SteveJ Inactive Member16 May 2006 12:51 a.m. PST

You've got the old Airfix stuff if you'd consider plastic- sculpting's a bit basic by today's standards though.
Emhar do later figures(and tanks)- and it's very good too.

And we sell the trenches- eBay shop:

colonelkurtz Inactive Member16 May 2006 1:03 a.m. PST

There a mass of WW1 plastics in 20mm – HAT do a large range and Strelets-r are about to some WW1 cavalry .

Personally a lot of the plastics are variable in terms of sculpting .

photos of all the plastic figures are

Emhar also now do most of the WW1 armour u will need .

I have a large WW1 collection comprised of Tumbling Dice white metal figures . I really rate their Russians/French/British/Anzac ranges but am disappointed by their German and Turks which aren't as good figures .

All these companies are in the TMP manufacturers directory .

SteveJ Inactive Member16 May 2006 1:44 a.m. PST

Yep- Hat have brought out some very handy heavy weapon stuff. Bear in mind though that the infantry sets are basically Airfix remoulds.

Martin Rapier16 May 2006 2:52 a.m. PST

Most of my 20mm WW1 stuff is plastic, Emhar, Revell and HaT supplemented with some metals (IT miniatures IIRC) and some guns from the Irregular Really Useful Gun range which double up for both 15mm & 20mm.

Static Tyrant Inactive Member16 May 2006 4:31 a.m. PST

SteveJ, that is only true of the "7000 series" – French, British, Germans, British Royal Horse Artillery IIRC? Later issues, such as the Anzacs, Turks, Austrians, Russians… are all new sets, and very nice too. Of late they have put out some stinkers though, the German Colonial Infantry and the Serbians are woeful, actually worse than the old Airfix sets!

Static Tyrant Inactive Member16 May 2006 4:33 a.m. PST

D'oh! Forgot to add the insider info from work: word is that HaT have suspended production of all 6000 series (mini-box) 7000 series (Airfix reissue) items, as many are shortly going to be replaced by new sculpts. So expect some new sculpts of the popular British and French WW1 troops within the next year or two, I'd say…

SteveJ Inactive Member16 May 2006 4:52 a.m. PST

Well- yer live and learn. I might just pop over to PSR and have a look then.
Hope that BEF resculpt takes off- plastic gamers are sadly lacking in that department, save for the very basic Airfix set.

Rogue Faerie Inactive Member16 May 2006 8:25 a.m. PST

Emhar's WWI Brits in tin hats put me off. I like their French, and the old Airfix French. THe Revell Germans in stahlhelm are fantastic.

The lack of the British makes plastics moot for me though, and I am going with the IT Figures. I prefer metal anyway.

SteveJ Inactive Member16 May 2006 9:23 a.m. PST

I've actually got some of the Emhar Britisg figures and was impressed. One or two do suffer from scale creep though.

Rogue Faerie Inactive Member16 May 2006 7:22 p.m. PST

Maybe it is just me, but the 'tin hats' seem very underscale. I had hoped that I would like them, as the Revell Germans painted up wonderfully, and I really like the Airfix and Revell French.

All of this is a matter of taste of course.

Martin Rapier17 May 2006 12:15 a.m. PST

I've got hundreds of the Emhar Brits, my main gripe is the amount of flash on some of the figures, but the webbing is beautifully picked out and they take an inkwash very well.

They are a bit smaller than the Revell Germans, but if you don't mix the Revell Germans & Emhar Germans on the same base this isn't particularly noticeable. I think the HaT figures are even bigger, but again I don't mix them on the bases.

The Emhar sets with the various tank crews etc in them are very handy for making up pioneers, HQ units ans so-on.

If you want BEF you are stuck with the Airfix sculpts, or metals of course. I did early war in 15mm metal as the ranges are more complete and the cavalry is easier to store(!).

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