Airfix 1/72 vs Newline 1/72, Romans, Goths and Britons
The photo above compares three plastic figures from Airfix (A,C,E) with a pair of metal warrior from Newline Designs (B,D). Click on the image to see a larger version.
THE METAL FIGURES
Manufacturer’s Designation and Number of Poses:
The Newline Designs figures come from one of their special 1/72nd scale range, and so are larger than the more numerous 20mm figures offered. These particular samples are cataloged as item 2G04, “Gothic Archers.” They are part of the “Dark Ages” line which also Franks, Huns and late period Romans.
Height (from sole of foot to eyes): 21mm Height (from sole of foot to top of head): 23mm
Availability and Cost:
Newline Design figures are currently in production, and can be ordered directly from the manufacturer. Foot figures are sold in packs of four, for £2.00. In addition, the firm offers packs of 24 figures for £9.50.
The plastic figures come from two boxes: A01730 “Romans” (C,E) and A01734 “Ancient Britons” (A). Both boxes have also been re-issued by HaT, under the same names, as set 7010 and 7011 respectively.
The Roman box includes 26 foot figures in 11 poses, as well as a four-horse chariot with two crew. For the Britons, the box contains 25 foot figures in 11 poses, along with a pair of two-horse chariots with crews.
Roman Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 21mm. Roman Height (measured from sole of foot to top of head) 23mm. Briton Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 20mm. Briton Height (measured from sole of foot to top of head) 22mm.
Availability and Cost:
After a period of dormancy, Airfix is once again producing these sets. They can be ordered directly from the manufacturer, or found at many other online stores.
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