Above is a pic of Lt. Colonel James Galbraith, Regimental Colour in hand, alongside Bobbie the regimental dog and some of the other "Last Eleven" survivors of the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment, making their last stand in one of the walled gardens just South of Khig village, a few miles West of the Afghan town of Maiwand.

Friday, March 9, 2012

MINI SIZE COMPARISON PICS - mostly Perry & Empress

In response to a question about size/scale compatability of Perry and Empress miniatures that came up over at TMP (The Miniatures Page), I took some pics and made this post. I couldn't help but throw a couple of minis from other manufacturers -- Wargames Foundry, Castaway Arts, & Pontoonier, into a few of the pics. At some point in the future I hope to do a more formal series of shots, comparing Inf, Art, and Cav. from all the companies in my collection, but for now this will have to suffice. Hopefully it will prove useful to someone!

1. Copplestone castings officer, Empress officer, Perry officer:
(NOTE: click on any pic to enlarge it)

2. Another angle of same:

3. Yet another angle of same:

4. Castaway Arts officer, Pontoonier NCO, Perry officer, Empress officer, Perry officer:

5. Reverse angle of same:

6. Perry officer, Empress officer:

7. Another angle of same:

8. Yet another angle of same:

9. Perry British general, Empress Inf. officer on horseback:

10. Another angle of same:

11. Perry 10th Hussars officer, Empress Inf. officer on horseback:

12. Another angle of same:

13. Yet another angle of same:

14. Wargames Foundry WWI wounded, Empress wounded, Perry medical officer:

15. Wargames Foundry NWF wounded, Empress wounded, Perry medical officer:

16. Empress wounded & Perry medical officer:

17. Empress Ensign & Perry Sudan Inf. standard-bearer:

18. Closer shot of the same:

19. Perry British general & Empress Art. Battery commander:

20. Another angle of same:

In general, as I said earlier on TMP, I see Perry as being a bit chunkier/thicker than Empress, as well as a tiny bit taller in general. But the difference is slight enough to give me no hesitation whatsoever using figures from both companies side-by-side on my table. I think they can even be fielded in the same unit, if a little care is taken to address the slight size difference -- such as giving the height of an Empress officer a slight lift with a thin sheet of card between his figure base and movement base, if he will be serving alongside Perry troops. But of course, that's just my opinion!

Right now I have a unit of old Wargames Foundry 17th Lancers painted up and serving as the 9th Lancers in Afghanistan, but I am going to have to order a unit's worth of the new Empress Miniatures 17th Lancers, to replace them. I hate adding to the "lead pile" when I already have the troops in question, but those new figures are just so incredibly gorgeous looking, I can't resist...

(NOTE: if you are particularly interested in British cavalry regiments that served in the Second Afghan War, type "cavalry" into the SEARCH bar at the upper left of this page and you should find a brief post I did a while back on the subject)

(NOTE #2: click on any of the 4 thumbnails below to see the FULL SIZE pics of these somewhat spectacular cavalrymen)

(NOTE #3: click on pic below to visit the EMPRESS MINIATURES Anglo-Zulu War British troops page)