Monday, May 11, 2009

Italeri/Zvezda vs Irregular, Ancient Middle East

The photo above compares three Zvezda/Italeri Persians (red plastic) with two Assyrian figures from Irregular (unpainted metal). Click on the image for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The plastic figures come from a joint Italeri/Zvezda release. They are listed as Zvezda box 8006 “Immortals, Persian Infantry” and Italeri box 6025 “Persian Infantry, 4th to 5th century BC.”

The Irregular figures come from their Biblical Ancients range. They are NBA27 “Assyrian Cavalry” and NBA28 “Assyrian Heavy Spearman.”

Height compatibility (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
Zvezda/Italeri – 23mm (although the figure with the standard is a bit taller).
Irregular – 20mm (foot figure).

Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories):
Zvezda/Italeri – C (Average)
Irregular – C (Average)

Overall conclusions:
While the sculpting on these two sets is compatible, it doesn’t overcome the clear height difference. These figures would not mix well in a single unit. However, with attention paid to base heights, some wargamers might be willing to have them appear on the same table.


Anonymous said...

How about the Zvezda/Italeri plastic? Is it solid, non breakable?

Plastic Hussar said...

PSR is the best source for details on the plastic soldiers. They classify the plastic used in this product as "fairly hard." They don't have any comments to indicate that it is particularly brittle.