Thursday, February 28, 2008

Figure Comparison: Foot Officers

Next up in our series of comparison photos is foot officers. Click on the image for a zoomed view.

From left to right, the figures are:
  1. Airfix Washington's Army 1/72 plastic
  2. RSM95 Prussian Officer w/Cane 25mm
  3. RSM95 Prussian Officer w/Spontoon 25mm
  4. Old Glory SYW Austrian Grenadier officer 25mm
  5. Old Glory SYW Austrian Grenadier officer 25mm
  6. Old Glory SYW Austrian Grenadier officer 25mm
  7. Old Glory AWI British Grenadier officer 25mm
  8. Old Glory AWI British Grenadier officer 25mm
  9. Imperialist Miniatures WSS (possibly WAS) French Officer of Foot 25mm (FO-3)
  10. Hinchcliffe (Prussian) Von Kleist Officer (SYP13) 25mm
  11. Hinchcliffe (Austrian) German Infantry Officer Advancing 25mm (SYA21)
  12. Hinchcliffe (Austrian) Hungarian Officer Advancing 25mm (SYA9)
  13. Spencer Smith 30mm plastic (based on a US penny)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Updated Figure Comparison: Infantry

As promised, here is a new figure comparison photo, to be followed hopefully by a few more. Click on the image for a zoomed view.

From left to right, the figures are:
  1. Airfix Washington's Army 1/72 plastic
  2. Airfix British Grenadiers 1/72 plastic
  3. Revell SYW Prussian Infantry 1/72 plastic
  4. Revell SYW Austrian Infantry 1/72 plastic
  5. RSM95 Prussian SYW Grenadier March Attack 25mm
  6. Sash & Saber Prussian SYW Grenadier Marching 25mm (YPSI6, I think)
  7. Spencer Smith 30mm plastic (based on a US penny)
  8. RSM95 Prussian SYW Musketeer March Attack 25mm
  9. Imperialist Miniatures French WSS (possibly WAS) Musketeer 25mm
  10. Minden Miniatures Prussian SYW Musketeer 1/56 scale
  11. Old Glory AWI British Grenadier 25mm
  12. Old Glory SYW Austrian Grenadier 25mm
  13. RSM95 French & Indian Wars Highlander 25mm
  14. Hinchcliffe AWI Minuteman Advancing (AW40) 25mm
  15. Hinchcliffe AWI Marine Advancing 25mm (X45)
  16. Hinchcliffe AWI Militia in Shirt Advancing 25mm (X43)
  17. Hinchcliffe AWI American Militia Advancing 25mm (AW41)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Recommendation: The Colonial Connection

Yesterday's mail brought a nice package of Hinchcliffe figures for incorporation into my armies. I bought them from The Colonial Connection, out of Williamsburg, VA. The owner, Eric Grosfils, is a very nice guy. Not only am I impressed with the figures, but I was most impressed with his service. Right now he's in progress of selling off his last Hinchcliffe stock, and going to a drop-shipping model with the manufacturer, where you can buy through him but Hinchliffe will ship the figures direct to you.

First off, I sent him a query regarding whether he had stock on hand to fill a figure order. It's important, if you order one of the items he still has in stock (it's noted in the PDF catalog he sends), to let him know whether you want him to finish an order off with the drop-shipped figures (which of course are not on sale), or only fill what he can from his existing stock. It turned out, he didn't have stock on hand to fill the quantity I wanted for a good bit of it, so I sent off a list of about 10 item numbers to ask his stock for, and he quickly got me back counts for them.

I finally ordered about 30 figures, with a mixture of 4 of this and 9 of that and 3 of the other, to form up a militia unit from various SYW and AWI poses, plus a couple of spare officers to use for unit variety. It turned out when he went to assemble the order that one of the ones I'd ordered 9 of, he only had 7 intact, plus three with broken bayonets. So he only charged me for the 7 intact, and sent the 3 that were missing bayonets free!

And I've saved the best for last. You actually don't pay him till you've received the figures. I can't name any other company that does that any more. Now, I can't say whether he does that with the drop shipped figures, since I didn't order any of those.

Prices for drop-shipped figures are rather higher than RSMs, but should be better than buying direct from Hinchcliffe, as he's able to apply his distributor's discount to them. His sale figures range from $0.50 to $0.75, for foot figures. Worth seeing if he has any left of what you're looking for.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Behind Schedule

Well, after a crazy busy work week, I didn't manage to get photos done or some other things I intended to do. But I haven't forgotten that I intended to put more comparison photos up. However, I got an opportunity to pick a few more figures up at very nice price, so I shall wait for them to arrive and add them to the comparisons.

Meanwhile, over on the Emperor vs Elector blog, a Hesse-Engelburg squadron is moving north off the English coast, possibly headed for Shetland....