Friday, March 1, 2013

Scruby Medievals

Scruby's Military Miniatures are from before my time, but I had often heard that the old 25mm figures were in fact ~1 inch tall, making them dead-on for 1/72 scale. I wasn't sure what to expect as far as appearance went, but reading Vintage Wargaming and The Old Metal Detector led me to believe these were miniatures that were worth looking into.

Scruby figures were made by Jack Scruby starting in the mid-50's, and are currently produced by HistoriFigs. The miniatures on the website are not particularly well represented by images, but the folks at HistoriFigs were very helpful in answering my questions about compatibility so I went ahead and ordered a set of figures from the 25mm Soldiers of Medieval Times line.

Men at Arms in Chainmail: 3451, 3452, 3453, 3454, 3455

Men at Arms in Chainmail: 3456, 3457 (left),
Knights in Plate Armor 3458, 3459 (right)

Lightly Armored Infantry and Barbarians: 3460, 3461, 3462, 3463

One of the first things I noticed was that HistoriFigs really takes the time to finish their miniatures. All of the bases were filed down so that the figures would stand flush against the tabletop.

The figures are very basic, but they are well proportioned and sculpted in very natural poses (for the most part). It's easy to dismiss the figures for those who want the detail of modern miniatures, but I think that they possess a simple utilitarian charm that is often lost in modern sculpts that are more suitable for a display case than a gaming table.

Anyway, here are some of the figures painted up. Can't decide if I want to go with a green base yet, but I've decided to go with a satin overcoat rather than high gloss.

1 comment:

umzug said...

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