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« on: 10 September 2019, 03:59:17 PM »

Interesting faceache post today, 10mm parthians?
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« Reply #1 on: 10 September 2019, 04:05:25 PM »

Very interesting departure if they are. Have they suddeenly realised that building a large 28mm army is becoming unreachable for many wargamers?
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« Reply #2 on: 10 September 2019, 04:33:09 PM »

There meant to ge releasing a small scale version if swordpoint in November as they were demonstrating it at Joy of 6
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« Reply #3 on: 10 September 2019, 05:14:05 PM »

Interesting...! 

I think that larger companies like Gripping Beast and Plastic Soldier coming down to 10mm is generally a good thing, as long as they're bringing more exposure and customers to the smaller scale market.  If their existing customers aren't interested and can't be convinced, then all that happens is that a niche market gets spread even more thinly. 
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« Reply #4 on: 10 September 2019, 06:43:14 PM »

Hopefully will create more interest and exposure to a great scale!

Not sure Iím a huge fan of the GB figures, they look slightly odd in their poses, which might be to do with production methods. The GW BoFA plastic figures, while pretty good, werenít that great and several had rather big solid areas which were filled undercuts, and were overall a bit flat. This may be a limitation of hard plastic moulds - the better 28mm figures are multi-piece. I certainly donít want mult-piece 10mm figures! I remember a few 1/72nd figures with separate arms - they were bad enough to build!!

The PSC vehicles look pretty good from what I have seen of them
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« Reply #5 on: 10 September 2019, 07:05:33 PM »

Are these going to be plastic?
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« Reply #6 on: 10 September 2019, 07:08:31 PM »

Actually, good question. Iíve assumed they are plastic, but I may be influenced by the PSC annoucement, though I think I have seen somewhere the GB figures are plastic.
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« Reply #7 on: 10 September 2019, 07:11:16 PM »

They are quite nice, but the commanderís horse looks a bit odd - did they teach horses to do the goose step??
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« Reply #8 on: 10 September 2019, 07:30:36 PM »

They are quite nice, but the commanderís horse looks a bit odd - did they teach horses to do the goose step??

The Spanish riding school - in Vienna - do. But itís traditional form of walking over there.  Shocked
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« Reply #9 on: 10 September 2019, 07:57:48 PM »

Parthian is one of those 'tester' armies for manufacturers - as there are in reality only 2 core figure types - Cataphracts and Light Cavalry Horse archers (yes, I know there are Hatran allies with infantry bowmen and armoured cataphract camels etc. but you get my point).

So it's a relatively cheap way of entering a new scale/market and doing a test. Sarmatian is another  Smiley

I think Khurasan did Parthians as their 1st 15mm ancient range (or was it Sarmatian) and Peter Pig likewise.

But we'll see if they are committed to the scale and the period - Parthians fight Romans and Seleucids and Sassanids ... and there are a lot of unit variations in these.
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« Reply #10 on: 10 September 2019, 08:03:57 PM »

I don't like them. The standard bearer is OK, but the commander's horse looks like a donkey with a complex. Possibly historically accurate it looks too small to me and he doesn't seem to sitting on the right bit of it. Not only that, but his right arm looks a bit ... add-on.
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« Reply #11 on: 10 September 2019, 10:02:40 PM »

.. but the commander's horse looks like a donkey with a complex. 

Pose reminds me of Spotty Dog in The Woodentops.
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« Reply #12 on: 11 September 2019, 01:28:22 AM »

Are these going to be plastic?

Just having a look at the photos, they look like metal, too many nooks, crannies and undercuts for plastic. Maybe they're look at doing the hoi polloi as plastic and the command types as metal??? Although there are lots of issues in doing realistic scale/lammelar in plastic and smaller scales so the cataphracts would be an issue. My guess is metal for all the figures but we'll only know when they're released.
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« Reply #13 on: 11 September 2019, 01:54:56 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: 11 September 2019, 05:12:34 AM »

Victrix are meant to be doing 1/144 WWII vehicles, which I believe will be plastic.

The interesting thing about the gripping beast offering is that presently, plastics are good for bulking out armies with common poses,  but still often rely on less common things being bought in lead, unless GP make their figures match a current metal producers range, their sprue will need to include all the oddities, which is probably why they have driven past the more obvious 15mm and gone straight for 10mm. The old Warmaster players will be a ready audience.

I think those getting into vehicles will be doing entire platoons or companies, again that bulking out thing, so for those wanting 2 - 4 tanks of a type, may not see any advantage. Timescale are an exception, but then they are metal and not plastic on a sprue.
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