Friday, September 3, 2010

Minis Users: What About Classic Toy Soldiers?

To get some appropriate armies for my setting I’m working on for an upcoming campaign, I’m thinking of checking out Classic Toy Soldiers, a website that sells 25mm plastic soldiers, from fantasy to historical armies to the modern day.

Here are a couple of sets that caught my eye as far as populating my armies quickly:

Ancient Armies (Check out the Britons and the Hittites!)

Medieval (Vikings and Saxons and Saracens, oh my!)

For games like Colonial Gothic, there are also some pretty awesome sets:

Washington’s troops & Redcoats (I have no idea why there are Confederate soldiers included)

The pricing seems reasonable--has anyone had any experiences with them? What do you think?


Dane of War said...

While I haven't used that particular company to order from, I do collect these types of toys and think that they are a very cheap alternative for mass-battle wargaming.

These generally don't take paint well, so you'll most likely want to use them as they are.

Noumenon said...

I think they're about 1-1/2 times the height of normal minis.

adeptgamer said...

I use similar for world war 2 and acw war gaming. They aren't true 25mm, really closer to 20mm. In opposition to Dane (my apologies) I think they can paint up fine. There are a lot of good tutorials on line and if you look on my blog you'll find pictures of mine painted up :) They are much cheaper to war with and take up less space but in support of Dane (I'm so wishy washy) they are harder to paint imho.

BlUsKrEEm said...

In our games it's popular to represent the characters withh quarter machine toys, the odder the better. Batman, Care bears, Babaies, and Homies are regular edition to our gaming gear.

I've also used a couple of "Prehistoric Tube" from then craft store for my Pleistocene game a few times.

Kaiju said...

Check out the fantasy sets listed under "25mm Toy Soldiers". Very nice!

Will Douglas said...

I find that, while some might not consider them "25mm", they do tend to be more consistent than metal figures. 1/72 means that a six foot man would come out right at an inch (or 25.4mm), which is why people think they're small. But if you use all the same scale, they'll be fine.

Some take paint better than others.

I especially like the Caesar line of fantasy miniatures (I have all sex sets). Just wish they had hobbits.

Dustin said...

(I have all sex sets). Just wish they had hobbits.

This is the funniest thing I've read in a long time.

ckutalik said...

Plastic Toy Soldier Review is an excellent and comprehensive resource on all figures 1/72.

Each review even lists the figure's actual mm height (most are around 22-24mm).

PatrickWR said...

Zach, I've been painting up 1/72 scale plastic medieval men to create a generic fantasy army. I have nothing but praise for using "army men" as gaming miniatures. They're SO CHEAP, and easy enough to paint once you coat them in a thin layer of white glue.

I did a couple blog posts about gaming with 1/72 plastic figures, including this one with photos of a dozen or so army men.

GameDaddy said...

Just look for 1/72 scale here:


P.S. been collecting these for a long time... 38 years or so...


Age of Reason Minis:

Romans & Celts

Jason said...

I game with this scale, especially for large battles as its cheaper than 28mm. Painting wise you will need to use some varnish on them as they do have a problem of painting flaking off, as most plastic miniatures at this scale aren't hard plastic, they tend to be slightly bendy.

There are some excellent manufacturers, such as Ceasar Miniatures ( who also produce fantasy miniatures in this scale. Its a great scale for WW1 & WW2 games, as there are a plethora of 20mm and 1/72 kits out there for tanks and other bits and bobs.