Sunday, September 13, 2009

Irregular vs Zvezda / Italeri, Medieval Foot

The photo above compares three metal figures from Irregular (the lighter figures on tan bases) with three plastic figures from Zvezda/Italeri (darker and on green bases). Click on the image for a larger version.

Manufacturers’ designations:

The plastic figures come from Zvezda box 8002 "Christian Knights” which was also released by Italeri as box 6009 “The Knights.”

The Irregular models come from two of their ranges: “Wars of the Roses” and Medieval Scots.” They are catalogued as follows (left to right in the picture):
NLM 8 Dismounted Knight (Wars of the Roses)
NLM 15 Highland Heavy Infantry (Medieval Scots)
NLM 1 Longbowman (Wars of the Roses)

Height compatibility (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
Zvezda/Italeri – 22mm.
Irregular – 20mm.

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

Availability and Cost:

The Zvezda/Italeri figures are in production and available through various plastic model distributors. The websites for the two companies are listed in the side panel.

Cost per box, at a typical retailer: $12.50 (US) at Michigan Toy Soldiers (for the Italeri version). See the link to their website in the side panel.

Irregular’s metal figures are also currently available. They can be ordered directly from the manufacturer: see the website listed in the side panel.

The figures can be ordered individually, and come with random variations. Cost: 50p UK per figure.

(To convert cost figures to your currency, use a site such as, also listed in the side panel, with the retailers.)

Other notes:

The plastic figures were obtained from Frank Ivansic in a very helpful trade. The Irregular models were generously provided by the manufacturer.

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

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