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Irregular Miniatures

United Kingdom

Republican Roman, as delivered
As Delivered

Barrett Scale: 26M
Mixes best with: Still working on that, although the remodelled ones are definitely compatible with many of the other ranges.
Long Review: When Ian asked if I'd like to review a few more of his figures, I jumped at the chance, as my previous experience of Irregular Miniatures ranges are restricted to 15mm and 10mm (obviously not counting the WW1 range elsewhere on this site).
This section of the Medievals is one of the newly remodelled ranges, these being somewhat larger than the older ranges apparently. The detail on these figures a lot more compatible with all the other ranges out there. I believe they will match the Parkfield and Old Glory ranges particularly well.
The figures received for review are:
Two variants of M62-Longbowman firing, both of whom are wearing light clothing and helmets and are depicted having just loosed an arrow. Both have swords as additional weapons, and one has a sheaf of arrows in a belt pouch, while the other has them point-first in the ground at his right foot.
The two M63-Longbowman loading or holding weapon figures are both holding their bows in their left hand, and holding a sheaf of arrows in the right. One is wearing a cowl, while the other has an arming cap. The archer with the cowl has a bit of a mishappen face, as the eys, nose and mouth are very close to his chin. The figure, though, is still attractive.
M64 Heavy billman charging with bill is also a very useful figure. He wears a sallet and carries a short-handled bill, and has a sword as side-arm. He is, as appears to have been the case for many of these men, unarmoured.
M68 Heavy infantry crossbowman firing or loading- is a kneeling crossbowman wearing padded armour/akheton and a helmet, captured as he looses a quarrel over the top of his pavise. Slung over his left shoulder to hang at his right hip is a quiver of quarrels, and a short knofe hangs at his left hip.
M72(a) Foot offer with standard is leaning on his pike/flag-pole, hanging onto it with his right hand, while pointing at the front with his left. He wears a breast plate with short chainmail sleeves and sallet and has a sword for defence. He is possibly a touch thinner than I'd like, but a most impressive leader.
M56 15th Century mounted knight with mace or axe and M56(a) 15th Century mounted knight with mace or axe, dismounted are a mounted/dismounted pairing. The mounted version sits on a Gothic-style barded horse, which for a change actually looks like a warhorse capable of carrying an armoured knight as well as the barding it had. The rider is wearing plate legs and arms, and a loose surcoat over these, disguising the body armour. His helmet is a serviceable visored sallet. He is armed with an axe and has a sword at his left hip.
Commentary: At an average of £0.60 each, they are well below market average in cost, but above market average in terms of usefulness. They are ideal for a gamer on a budget, or for someone filling out a large army with figures to get each one unique. Irregular's usual habit of having several variant of each figure are particularly well suited to this period, where uniformity is far from assured.
Historical Accuracy: FourNot bad, maybe a little mixed interms of strict accuracy, but the overall look is OK. I'd say above average in overall look.
Pose Quality: FourIf these are similar to all the other Irregular offerings, they will provide a nice bunch of individuals within each code.
Sculpting: FourAverage. Some of the figures are a tad rough, especially the faces, but at the price I think we can easily live with that. I do find that they have a special character all of their own. I find that I'm tempted to get a small medieval army.
Casting: FourAverage. There is a little flash here and there on some of the figures, but at the price, there is nothing to complain about.
Sources: Samples donated by Ian Kay.
Sculptors: Ian Kay.
Other reviews for this company: See the reviews:

Assorted additional images of the figures

Top left to right, M68, M62, M62, M63
Bottom left to right M72a, M56a, M64, M63


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