Saturday, January 5, 2013

FIW - A size comparison of different figures

Manufacturers:  diverse
Scale:  28mm

Hi !

Yesterday I posted a picture of the first Pennsylvania Provincial for our FIW-project.

I don´t know how firm you are with the therefore used manufacturer "Galloping Major" and this was also the first figure from this company I´ve ever painted.
I like these figures very much for they are very fine casted, don´t need much cleaning and are great fun to paint.

But it is always good to know how the miniatures fit with ranges of other manufacturers.
So I just took a few photos to show a comparison of the figures of the period of FIW I already painted up for my collection.

There are also some other ranges within my collection like Northstar or ConquestMiniatures which are purchased by WarlordGames.
But I didn´t paint some of these figures yet and so you won´t find a comparison here.
As soon as I did this I will also post some comparison pictures as reference.

There is also another good manufacturer called "Redoubt Enterprises" who also has a FIW-range.
I don´t have Redoubt in my collection yet but I think that they would fit very good with Galloping Major.

The first picture shows a comparison with the newer British SYW-range from WargamesFoundry.
I painted these figures about 3 or 4 years ago and to be honest, I didn´t want to use them for gaming as they are a little too big and the faces are a little bit comic style (could also be because of my painting).
They didn´t really fit with other manufacturers.
But compared with the figure of Galloping Major they do fit very well in my opinion.
Not concerning the faces but the height and scale.
I bought some of these figures on ebay a few years ago and now am very happy that I found a good use for them.
So the British forces for FIW are already on stock by now. :)

GallopingMajor compared with British SYW-range of WargamesFoundry.
The French SYW-range of WargamesFoundry has a similar size and style.

Though the next figures from WargamesFoundry aren´t FIW but SYW I think that a comparison to GallopingMajor might be useful.
These Prussians are from the former ranges of WargamesFoundry and are smaller than the British SYW-range shown on the first picture.
As you can see the miniature of Galloping Major is sized between both ranges.

GallopingMajor compared to a WargamesFoundry Prussian of the SYW.

Another comparison to WargamesFoundry SYW Prussian Grenadiers.

Next there is a comparison to AWI-figures from WargamesFoundry which are similar in size to Perry ranges.

Crusader also fits very well to GallopingMajor.

The last photo shows the differences to the beautiful and my beloved SYW-range of FrontRank. 
I wouldn´t mix the different ranges within one unit or base but certainly both ranges could exist on the same wargaming table in different regiments. 



  1. Great post, I think you could mix all the different ranges listed with each other, they all look very similar in height, maybe not in breadth, but I'd happily use them, but hey that's me!

  2. Hi Ray,
    your right. I will also mix them. Not within one unit but in different units on the gaming board.

  3. I would happily mix based on this as people are all sizes, it can often produce pleasing results on a mixed base as long as you don't use extremes side by side

  4. 'Characters' -officers, drummers...- from a range could certainly be mixed with 'privates' from another: possible differences in uniform cut, tricorne or musket size &c. between manufacturers would not be a problem then.

    1. That´s a very good idea. I´ll have to try this.

  5. Wonderful figures, details are amazing, great work!

  6. Well done on the painting Mike and I agree with your comments!


    1. Hi Christopher,
      I hope to get some more of them painted soon.

  7. Well painted miniatures!
    Thanks for the comparison shots. A great help for any FIW-beginner!


    1. Hi Monty,
      unfortunately there are still some manufacturers missing in my collection. Hope to find some more on TACTICA in Hamburg.

  8. Hi Mike,

    Beautiful paint job sir. I was wondering around and found your blog!

    Happy New Year!


    1. Hi Ben,
      Happy New Year.
      Thanks for viewing my blog.

  9. Very, very useful! I was just thinking about this issue last night! Although I am still not decided between Conquest/Warlord and Galloping Major as these are certainly not compatible with each other.

    1. Conquest/Warlord are (imo) too small to be combined with GM or Northstar. But I think they could be combined with FrontRank.

  10. Greate comparison pictures.

    Thanks for posting them, good to see how the Galloping minis will match other manufactures as I also have just startd up some FIW with M&T and using Galloping minis.

    Best regards Michael

    1. You´re welcome, Michael.
      Thanks for following my blog. :)