Saturday, December 5, 2009

Rafm vs Emhar, Ancient / Early Middle Ages European Infantry

The photo above compares two Early Middle Ages figures from Emhar (a Viking in green plastic, and a Saxon in gray) with three Ancient German figures from Rafm (black washed metal). Click on the image for a larger version.


Manufacturers’ Designation and Number of Poses

The Rafm figures come from the “Armies of the Caesars” range, and are catalogued as RAF7252 “Early German Infantry in Trousers.”

The “Armies of the Caesar” range currently includes 30 types. For the Romans, there are 14 infantry, 3 cavalry and 2 command sets available. For their enemies, the choices include 7 infantry, 3 cavalry and 1 command set. Most of the codes consist of a single pose.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 23mm.
Body Build (from 5 categories): D (Somewhat Heavy).

Availability and Cost:

Rafm’s metal figures are currently available. They can be ordered directly from the manufacturer. Cost from manufacturer: US$7.95 for six figures (all in the same pose).

Notes on the Samples:

The figures require some assembly (separate heads, shields and spears).


Manufacturers’ Designation and Number of Poses:

The Emhar figures come from two boxes: set 7205 “Viking Warriors, 9th to 10th Century” and set 7206 “Saxon Warriors, 9th to 10th Century.”

The Viking set includes 50 figures in 12 poses, while the Saxon set has 50 figures in 13 poses.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
7205 Vikings 23mm.
7206 Saxons 21mm.

Body Build (from 5 categories):
7205 Vikings C (Average).
7206 Saxons C (Average).

Availability and Cost:

Both sets of Emhar figures are currently available. For instance, Drum and Flag is currently selling the Viking box for £4.99.

Notes on the Samples:

The Saxon figure has a broken weapon. The undamaged figure would be holding a large axe. The figures used were donated by Liam Sullivan or obtained in trade from Eric Yin.

General Notes:

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, also listed in the side panel.

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