Monday, August 31, 2009

Ral Partha vs Redbox, Medieval Asia foot, Part 1

The photo above compares three metal figures from Ral Partha (two painted, and one undercoated white) with three plastic figures from RedBox. Click on the image for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The plastic figures come from RedBox’s box 72005 “"Japanese Warrior Monks (Sohei)".”

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

The Ral Partha figures are currently manufactured and distributed by Iron Wind. In their catalogue, the models are identified as follows:

Again, 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):
RedBox – 20mm.
Ral Partha / Iron Wind – 22mm.

Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories):
RedBox– C (Average)
Ral Partha / Iron Wind – are a mix of C (Average) and D (Somewhat Heavy).


The RedBox figures were introduced fairly recently, and are available through various plastic model distributors. The RedBox website is listed in the side panel.

As mentioned above, the metal figures are currently available from Iron Wind. They need to be ordered directly from the manufacturer: see the website also listed in the side panel.

Other notes:
The RedBox figures were provided by Eric Yin in a very helpful trade.

Readers: please post any comments on other considerations with regard to these two types, in particular any thoughts about the compatibility from the standpoint of historical periods.


EY said...

The unfortunate thing about Redbox is that there is so much flash on the figures in some sets, that it is almost like carving your own figure from plastic. I just wish they would improve their manufacturing processes, since they are about the only company making miniatures of Asian armies.

I hope you can hold off on part 2, because I have some LW samurai that I want to send you.

cooey2ph said...

I agree. I've been reading the same feedback regarding Redbox but I dove in and ordered a few boxes inspite of my misgivings because they're the only ones with these miniatures in 1/72 plastic.

Plastic Hussar said...

Yes, anyone buying RedBox needs to be aware that they will have to deal with a lot of flash. But as the readers say, they are the only game in town when it comes to Medieval Asian forces in plastic.