The photo above compares three figures from Ral Partha (two painted, and one undercoated white) with three samurai from Zvezda (red plastic). Click on the image for a larger version.
The plastic figures come from Zvezda’s box 8017 “Samurai Army – Infantry.”
The Ral Partha models come from their “Momoyama/Tokugawa Samurai” range, and are catalogued as follows (left to right in the picture): 53-751 Ronin with sword 53-768 Samurai with spear or naginata 53-752 Ronin with spear or naginata
These Ral Partha figures are currently manufactured and distributed by Iron Wind. The catalogue numbers used by Iron Wind are as follows:
Left to right: DH-165 Ronin with Katana DH 179 Samurai Spearman DH-166 Ronin Spearman
Height compatibility (measured from sole of foot to eyes): Zvezda – 20mm. Ral Partha – 22mm.
Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories): Zvezda – C (Average) Ral Partha – are a mix of C (Average) and D (Somewhat Heavy).
Overall conclusions: The 2mm height difference is enough to make these figures mismatched. This effect is increased with certain Ral Partha sculpts which have larger heads and exaggerated weapons (see the left most metal figure as an example).
Other notes: The Zvezda figures were traded to me by Eric Yin, along with a large number of other samples.
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