Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ral Partha Renaissance Turks vs LW Cossacks

The photo above compares three metal Turks from Ral Partha (A,C,E) with a pair of plastic Cossacks from LW (B,D). Click on the image for a larger version.


Manufacturers’ Designation and Number of Poses:

The Ral Partha figures come from their “The Condottieri” range. According to a 1985 catalogue, the Turks in this range included 10 codes, some of which contained more than one pose. In addition, the range included Swiss and Imperialist troops.

The figures illustrated are from the following codes.

A: 54-608 “Turkish Archer”
C: 54-611 “Iyaler with Sword”
E: 54-610 “Turk with Scimitar and Buckler”

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 23mm.
Height (measured from sole of foot to top of head): 25mm.

Availability and Cost:

With the exception of Colonial subjects, most Ral Partha historical figures continue to be produced by Iron Wind, a successor firm. However, Iron Wind does not seem to be offering The Condottieri range at present.


Manufacturer’s Designation and Number of Poses:

The plastic figures come from LW set 2012 “Cossack Artillery, 16-19 AD.” This box includes 20 figures in 5 poses, along with 4 guns.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from ground to eyes): 22mm
Height (measured from ground to top of head) 24mm

Availability and Cost:

According to Plastic Soldier Review, these figures are actually pirated copies of metal originals. In this case, purchase is not recommended.

Notes on the Samples:

The plastic samples were obtained in a trade with Eric Yin.

No comments: