Friday, 29 January 2016

Eagles of Empire; Size Comparison

Size Comparison.
EoE vs. some of the market leaders.

Dear readers, as a last note of the week before we hit the much welcome weekend, I thought I’d post a Size Comparison of the coming Eagles of Empire range next to some of the other quality ranges on the market.

As I’ve mention before, the target was to create a modern range (so 28mm+), which could still be used with many of the other existing brands, like 1866 from Helion and Northstar.

French infantry in close combat
with German cavalry.

I’m a long time Franco-Prussian collector myself, and when I started some 15 years ago, I was only aware of the Foundry range. Thus, I have a lot of metal from this famous producer. The range is still the most extensive on the market, and much credit will have to go to it for the width of coverage it offers. Many, like me will have existing collections from other brands. I think most of us collection Franco-Prussian in 28 will have Foundry and 1866. 

My personal opinion is that the Eagles of Empire miniatures fit very well with 1866 from Helion and Northstar, and could in the case of Prussians easily be mixed together in the same multi-based units.

The Prussian Guards storm St. Private
at the battle of the same name.

For Foundry, I’d say they could go on the same gaming table, but I’d probably based them in different units as the 2-3mm gap does make itself told. On the other side, I have many good wargaming buddies, who like this height difference in their units. As they quite rightly say, real humans are not all the same height, and mixing up the minis will simply add to the realism of the finished unit. 

Anyways, I think we pulled it off quite well. What is your opinion?

14 comments:

  1. I agree! You pulled it off quite well! Compared against the Foundry sample, the anatomy on your Frenchman looks more realistic.

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    1. Thanks Jon - we were aiming at a more crisp and modern feeling in terms of sculpting and size, so your confirming words are much appreciated!

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  2. Nice comparison, Soren. I agree with your assessment of the ranges. For me, the one thing about different sizes of figures would be the the firearms. Anyway, once the game starts heating up, the size differences usually are forgotten. I once saw a very large Ancients game with larger 28's and older 25's - no one seemed to mind :)

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    1. You are probably right Dean, once the dice starts rolling nobody is worried about those things!

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  3. Yep, you've done a grand job there. Personally I wouldn't mind a range of sizes in a unit as it looks more realistic. However I would also be tempted to use smaller figures for say, inferior quality units and larger ones for elite or Guard units.

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    1. That's a good disposition - the guards would probably be longer with their ranks made up by men drafted for their physical quality. BTW - French guard infantry AND artillery is on the table for a coming release wave!

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  4. That is a very helpful comparison. Likewise I have large Foundry collection which I put a lot of effort in over the years to paint well. I intend to keep them and I am very happy to see that I could use your troops on the table without too big a difference being noted. There is a huge gap in the market for General command figures - Foundry made far too few of these (other than the vignettes. As soon as you have made some commanders I will be buying from you! :-)
    Best wishes,
    Jason

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    1. I hear you Jason - generic as well as historical commanders on horseback is something I look forward to adding to the range!

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  5. Indeed I think you did pull it off very well!

    Christopher

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  6. You did indeed pull it off. They are striking looking models.

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  7. Very impressed with the range and will be ordering. Can you tell me whether you r upcoming rules lend themselves to solo gaming?
    Many thanks
    Frank

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    1. Hi Frank, and thank you for the support! In principle the game could be played as a solo game, but the system is a cross-over of some of the main stream 2-player games and elements from PC games, so a 2-player setup would probably be the most fruitful experience.

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  8. Nice post Soren, beautiful figures...and uniforms!

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