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fatesficklefinger08 Sep 2006 2:13 p.m. PST

Hi, Im really interested in this period but there seems to be not much choice as far as miniatures go! you have vendels english and border reiver stuff and a few scraps from foundry! wheres the spaniards, dutch etc. any pointers to any other miniature ranges will be much appreciated!

Khazarmac08 Sep 2006 2:23 p.m. PST

Also try Redoubt. Essex have a few Spanish.

Condottiere08 Sep 2006 2:24 p.m. PST

Old Glory Warrs of Religion range (1550-1600):

Phillius Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2006 4:36 p.m. PST

The Essex stuff is very good for this period, although it is not a large range. And from what i have seen of the OG stuff, it complements Essex really well.

For a bit of variety, you can also add the excellent Gamezone Miniatures from Spain for the Spanish (, purchased by mail order from, ask for Rafa.

Also, I use GWs Pirazzo's Lost Legion for generic pikemen, although I look for them on ebay rather than pay the exorbitant new price.

And for rules, how about Spanish Fury – Actions from the Perfect Captain for company level action? Or Spanish Fury – Pistolado for larger games

Lowtardog08 Sep 2006 4:50 p.m. PST

I think that is about your lot at the moment but there is quite a bit of scope in the above and you can add in Irish form Vendel, Crusader and Old Glory.

Pendraken have a small range which I have heard said the infantry arent too good but the cavalry is nice.

Some of the foundry sea dogs can be used too.

As Phillius said it can depend on what armies and rules you are looking to do?

Cacique Caribe08 Sep 2006 6:16 p.m. PST

This is the place to get ideas on figures and much, much more!



reddrabs09 Sep 2006 4:26 a.m. PST

Some of the above will be large 28s and some "true" 28s:
would OG (I have not got) work with the Foundry (I own)?

you may want to look at 25s – the Amazon catalogue is excellent here.

Tanuki09 Sep 2006 5:14 a.m. PST

Vendel do a nice line of Elizabethan troops, expanded from their Border Reiver range.

Quebecnordiques09 Sep 2006 6:37 a.m. PST

This period is not well represented at all in the Wargames World. I definitely do not think much of the Vendel range, in fact it is in my opinion an expansion of the Border Reiver range. Essex have a very decent range in 15mm, but that is about it…at least in my opinion.

Carlos Marighela09 Sep 2006 8:24 a.m. PST

Add to the above mix, the John Jenkins sculpted Eureka Conquisatadors and Portuguese. They are mostly clad for warmer climes but there's a huge variety there and more to come (at least of the Portuguese). Gorgeous figures I can't ecommend them too highly.

Steve Flanagan09 Sep 2006 8:46 a.m. PST

Jim Bowen's Graven Images line for Monolith includes a Border Reivers range (in 28mm, rather than the 40mm he uses for most if his ranges).

Lowtardog09 Sep 2006 10:17 a.m. PST

The Vendel figures are fine for English/Scots armies and for use in Ireland, possibly not so much for Mainland European armies

fatesficklefinger09 Sep 2006 12:20 p.m. PST

Thanks for the help guys, but its down to the old debate of what ranges are compatable with each other! again any ideas?
Thanks in advance

Manolito10 Sep 2006 7:03 a.m. PST

The Graven Images Border Reiver range also includes a very healthy selection of Garrison Men, which includes Horse, Command, Pike, Arqubus and Archers

Cacique Caribe10 Sep 2006 8:09 a.m. PST

I have all of the following, and they are very compatible:

Foundry's Sea Dogs

Old Glory's Wars of Religion

Gamezone Imperio

Some of these could be used to supplement:

Foundry's El Dorado

Eureka's Conquistadores

PS. Graven Images are HUGE. The only others that even come anywhere close to them are the Foundry Sea Dogs. For more information, I suggest a TMP search of "Elizabethan".

legatushedlius10 Sep 2006 11:28 a.m. PST

The Old glory figures are horrible. Very big heads and old fashioned. I bought some Vendel to go with the Foundry Sea Dogs which worked fine.

Condottiere10 Sep 2006 7:12 p.m. PST

Really? Most sources that I have seen state that the OG Wars of Religion figures are very good, among the best they have to offer. I have seen them up close, but have not purchased any yet. They looked fine to me.


Cacique Caribe10 Sep 2006 7:53 p.m. PST


That is odd. I am usually NOT an Old Glory fan. However, of all the OG I have seen, the Wars of Religion and the Pirates are the only ones I have bought, since they approximate the Foundry ones in size, bulk and detail.

I admit, very few will match the Foundry Sea Dogs in their exquisite detail.


legatushedlius12 Sep 2006 12:23 p.m. PST

I'm sorry but for me these heads are way too big..


And the poses are stiff


Condottiere12 Sep 2006 12:34 p.m. PST

I think the heads look OK. Maybe the morion seems a bit large, but overall they seem OK.

Poses do tend to be stiff, but that's parr for the course with many miniatures.

Quebecnordiques17 Sep 2006 3:44 a.m. PST

the heads on the unhelmeted figures are acceptable..the morion-helmeted heads are simply gigantic…

Condottiere17 Sep 2006 7:33 a.m. PST

The comb of the morion looks a bit large, but the "skull" of the helmet looks fine and in keeping with the other helmets.

Chupacabras17 Sep 2006 2:43 p.m. PST

Legatus, OG is not the only one with big heads. I think that Pendraken and Vendel are even worse.

legatushedlius18 Sep 2006 2:36 a.m. PST

No, I am happy with the Vendel ones..

Lowtardog29 Sep 2006 2:36 a.m. PST

Have to say I am too and they fit with the Foundry seadogs very well

seelowe4123 Sep 2012 6:31 a.m. PST

Has anyone had a look at these yet?
Suitable for Elizabethan Pike Blocks?




cameronian23 Sep 2012 7:43 a.m. PST

A couple of cavalry types from the Pendraken 28mm Elizabethan range here:


seelowe4123 Sep 2012 10:35 a.m. PST

Thanks for the link, I have ordered a selection of each to bolster the Irish forces :-)

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2012 6:09 p.m. PST

Those Eureka figures appear to look good from their website.

Durando28 Sep 2012 9:47 a.m. PST

Also try Outpost Wargames Service large range of Border reivers in 28mm

cameronian28 Sep 2012 12:08 p.m. PST

On me blog I've got Reiver figures from Outpost and Warrior, scroll down to the Scots for the Warrior figures:


huevans01129 Sep 2012 6:39 a.m. PST

If you want to go a little earlier to Henry VIII, TAG is bringing out a new line.


seelowe4111 Nov 2012 11:12 a.m. PST

Frustrated by the lack of pic's for Pendraken I have put some up on my blog of their Elizabethan codes.



Wyvern Wargamers

GUNBOAT11 Nov 2012 11:42 a.m. PST

Lots for sell on Ebay


seelowe4101 Dec 2012 2:29 a.m. PST

Following on from my earlier post, I have painted up the latest batch of Pendraken Miniatures, details here.


MiniPigs26 Feb 2019 3:33 p.m. PST

What became of these Pendraken 28mm Renaissance and Elizabethan figures?

Basha Felika27 Feb 2019 10:41 a.m. PST

MiniPigs, now owned by Hoka Hey Wargaming, who also sell the Graven Images Reivers . Think I'd stick with the TAG range these days though.


MiniPigs27 Feb 2019 12:41 p.m. PST

Yes, thank you. I've seen those TAG figures on their site and wonder can they really be as nice in person as they seem in photos?

Also, I notice they make no armoured gendarme-esque horse, thus what makers armoured horse would look best with their riders?

And further, will Old Glory 25mm Renaissance Landsknechts mix seamlessly with those of TAG's?

Basha Felika01 Mar 2019 1:22 p.m. PST

I've got a load of the TAG Tudors and they are really lovely models. I'm sure there must be some armoured gendarme types in one of their ranges.

Sorry, can't comment on the compatibility of OG and TAG as I don't have any of the former.

MiniPigs01 Mar 2019 8:07 p.m. PST

Thats very reassuring and i plan to indulge myself. I was actually more curious about just another make armored horse to put TAG figures on, they make plenty of gendarmes but it seems they dont make the actual armored horse.

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