Thursday, 14 June 2012
I like Les Higgins figures so much I bought the company (well part of it anyway - Old John from 20mm Nostalgia Revival, Richard at Vintage20Mil and a few others were involved too). While Higgins' specialism was the English Civil War and Marlburian period he did design a small range of 30mm Ancient figures. An example is the Greek officer on the right above. I think he has one of the best faces I've seen on a small scale figure.
After Higgins died his firm was renamed Phoenix Model Developments. PMD did a small range of 25mm figures. I posted a picture of the Anatolian Guard Spearman earlier. Above is the Greek officer (the shield pattern is copied from Saxtorph). As you can see the 25mm figure and the 30mm figure are more or less the same height - Higgins erred on the smaller side when interpreting scale, the opposite of modern designers who seem to think 28mm means "at least 35mm". Note also that Les' figure actually has a human neck and hands that aren't the size of shovels.