Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Zulu War 28mm Figure Ranges

As part of my Zulu Wars project I started listing all the suppliers who produce 28mm ranges for this period. I am sure that this has been done before somewhere else (but I couldn't find it) and if any ranges are missing please let me know.

In no particular order here are the manufacturers and a short summary of what they produce

Rapier Miniatures

Looks like an interesting range but have not been able to comment on quality, size etc

tp://www.rapierminiatures.co.uk/page/Range/28mm_Zulu_Wars.html


Empress Miniatures

Probably the most exhaustive of all the suppliers out there. I know they fit well with the Warlord Games plastic range.They are also one of the priciest (see table below). Those that I have seen look great

http://www.empressminiatures.com/page3.htm

AW Miniatures
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Interesting range but again not seen any figures to comment. I do have some of their SYW range and they are excellent
http://www.awminiatures.co.uk/store/category.php?id=204


Redoubt Enterprises

Cant really comment on this range but have heard good and bad things. I'll be visiting their stand at colours in Newbury this September so will have a better perspective then.

http://www.redoubtenterprises.com/shop/?page=shop/index

Wargames Foundry

Can't forget these guys. really nice figures but pricy. Individuals look great


http://www.wargamesfoundry.com/our-ranges/colonial/zulu-wars

Black Tree Design

I love these guys and have bought Zulus, Brits and Boers from these chaps. Make sure you take advantage of their weekly sales. Prices quoted below are for standard price but the sales typically knock 30% off.

http://eoeorbisuk.com/


Warlord Games

The best bet for plastic (ie cheap ranges) and the big box sets can be picked up on ebay for significant discounts. The prices quoted below in the tablebelow are for standard prices

https://store.warlordgames.com/

Wargames Factory

These guys produce two plastic boxes one of Zulus and one of Brits. I bought the Zulus to mix in with the Warlord Games ones for variety and they work. The Online store appears to be closed but boxes of 30 can be found on ebay for 20GBP


Baker Company

Never heard of these guys until I started searching the internet. Small range of British Infantry and Naval units

http://bakercompany.co.uk/29-british-army

Newline Designs

Although they do an extensive 20mm range they do appear to have some 28mm Boers


http://newlinedesigns.co.uk/index.php?main_page=page&id=23&chapter=10

finally its worth checking out Northstars Africa Range - includes animals, matabele (substitutesc for Zulus) , Porters etc

http://www.northstarfigures.com/list.php?&man=87&page=5


Price Summary

It is clear that plastic offers the best price to field the hordes of Zulus

Manufacturer
Infantry Cost (GBP)
Cavalry Cost (GBP)
Artillery Cost (GBP)
Rapier
1.00
2.5
7.00
Empress
1.75
4.25
13.00
AW Miniatures
1.25
2.83
n/a
Foundry
1.25
4.00
17.00
Black Tree
1.43
2.45
7.99
Warlord Games (Plastic)
.62
n/a
n/a
Wargames Factory
.75
n/a
n/a
Redoubt
1.40
2.90
8.00
Newline
1.25
n/a
n/a
Baker Company
1.12
n/a
n/a

Please note that these prices are based on 23/08/16. They are standard prices (eg standard pack of four figures divided by four to give single price). Many of these suppliers offer multi discounts, pack deals etc.
Artillery prices typically include crew

The prices exclude postage

1 comment:

  1. Rapier Miniatures - I bought a load of British Infantry in Glengarries for my VSF games. They're a touch on the small side, but fit in fine with other 28mms (Ironclad, WestWind, Black Tree) and are nicely detailed.

    Redoubt Miniatures - I don't have any of their Zulu War figures, but their Home Service British make up about half my VSF British, alongside Ironclad and the aforementioned Rapier miniatures. They tend towards a tall and gangly build but again once painted and based don't look out of place with the other miniatures.

    Missing from your list is Irregular Miniatures. Their 28mm figures aren't the greatest looking, it must be said (while their 15mms are superb) but very easy on the wallet (90p for an infantry figure, £1.80 for cavalry).

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