Saturday, August 20, 2011

1/72 Newline Goths vs 1/72 Atlantic Romans

The photo above compares two plastic figures from Atlantic (A,C) with a pair of metal warriors from Newline Designs (B,D). Click on the image to see a larger version.


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.

Figures Characteristics:

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 Newline website is here:


Manufacturer’s Designation and Number of Poses:

The plastic figures come from two of Atlantic’s boxes:

A. Set 1515 “The Romans: The Roman Legion”
C. Set 1517 “The Romans: Gladiators and Christians”

Atlantic issued most of their sets in different sized packages. Set 1515 came in a large 92 piece box with 15 poses, while the large box for set 1517 included 64 pieces. Poses for the later set included a lion, and tiger as well as various gladiators, officials, audience members and victims (the latter on multiple figure stands).

Figure Characteristics:

1517 Height (measured to eyes): 21mm.
1515 Height (measured to eyes): 22mm
1517 Height (measured to top of head): 23mm.
1515 Height (measured to top of head): 24mm

Availability and Cost:

Atlantic is long out of production, and no other maker has reissued either of these sets.

Notes on the Samples:

The Atlantic figures were generously donated by Liam Sullivan.

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