The photo above compares three metal figures from Irregular (the lighter figures on tan bases) with four plasticfigures from Zvezda (darker and on green bases). Click on the image for a larger version.
The plastic figures come from two Zvezda boxes. The two figures on the left are from box 8001 "Russian Knights.” The other two figures can be found in box 8016 “Livonian 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 8001 – 20mm. Zvezda 8016 – 21mm. Irregular – 20mm.
Body Build compatibility (from 5 categories): Zvezda – C (Average). Irregular – C (Average).
Availability and Cost:
The Zvezda figures are in production and available through various plastic model distributors. Cost per box, at a typical retailer: £5.65 (GBP) at Harfields for box 8001.
Irregular’s metal figures are also currently available. They can be ordered directly from the manufacturer. The figures can be ordered individually, and come with random variations. Cost: 50p UK per figure.
(See the side panel lists for websites of the manufacturers, distributors and retailers mentioned above. To convert cost figures to your currency, use a site such as xe.com, also listed in the side panel.)
Some of the plastic figures were obtained from Frank Ivansic in a very helpful trade, and others were donated by Liam Sullivan. 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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