Sunday, February 14, 2010

Rafm vs Caesar, Ancient Germans

The photo above compares three ancient Germans from Rafm (in black washed metal) with three similar figures from Caesar (in gray plastic). 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 Caesar figures come from set H040 “Ancient German.” This box contains 39 figures in 11 poses.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 21mm.
Body Build (from 5 categories): C (Average).

Availability and Cost:

Caesar’s figures are currently in production and can be found in hobby stores and online dealers. For instance, Always Models sells the box for $7.95 US.

Notes on the Samples:

Some of the Caesar samples were donated by Liam Sullivan, and others were obtained in a trade with Frank Ivansic.

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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