Copplestone Castings Pulp Figures vs Artizan Design Germans

Ah I love getting interesting stuff in the mailbox, it makes every week feel like Christmas! This weekend the figures I ordered recently from Copplestone Castings arrived. The order also took a little less than a week to get here from the UK which is superb! It must just be the aeroplanes flying out of New Zealand that are slow.

Copplestone Castings Pulp Figures I’ve heard good things about Copplestone from various places on the internet, so I wasn’t overly concerned about the quality of figure I’d receive. What primarily concerned me was how well the Copplestone Castings figures would mix with the Artizan Designs Germans I already have in the garage. I know at least one of our gentle readers expressed a similar interest, so in these photos we have a based and primed Artizan Designs German DAK sentry on the left (or sinister if you prefer) compared with the shortest figure from each of the three sets I ordered from Copplestone on the right.

The first photo compares a gentleman from the Copplestone ‘High Adventure‘ ‘American Adventurers‘ pack. You can see that the two figures mix perfectly well. In fact they even seem to have similar facial expressions. Comparing manufacturers it seems that Artizan Design’s figures generally have slightly more ‘crisp’ details. Possibly because they focus more on the historic wargaming market and are concerned about capturing the uniform details of the mid-twentieth century soldier. Copplestone’s figures still have plenty of detail on them but I notice it’s sculpted more ‘broadly’, for example compare the jacket pockets on the above figures.

Copplestone Castings Pulp Figures This second photo shows a rather rotund, bespectacled figure from the ‘High Adventure’ ‘Armed Archaeologist‘ pack. Even though he’s shorter and fatter than the German soldier the two still look fine together, also remember I’ve photographed the shortest figure from each Copplestone pack. In fact that particular Archaeologist seems to have a bit of a German look to him as well – possibly it’s the moustache and goatee.

Copplestone get points for the way they shipped their figures too by the way. Each of the packs arrived in a snappy little black textured cardboard box, the kind normally used for jewellery I believe. Indeed opening them I was half expecting to find some Victorian Egyptiana in there – a dusty scarab broach perhaps. I suspect Copplestone pack all their figures this way but it seems particularly suitable for the ‘High Adventure’ line!

Copplestone Castings Pulp Figures Ah yes, I’ve left the ladies to last. As adventuresses each of the four figures in the Copplestone ‘Female Archaeologists‘ pack are tall and slim which suits their active characters. They’re all well sculpted and all look lady like, thankfully only the figure in the pith helmet has an open collar with plunging cleavage.

The lady in the jodphurs drawing her pistol does have a rather well rounded posterior which does look a little odd on the metal figure but probably won’t be noticeable once painted. I imagine she’s most likely to get painted first too…err not because of her behind but because of the four female figures she’s the most American looking. She reminds me of the Rachel Weisz character in ‘The Mummy‘ actually (yes, although she was playing a British character) and will serve as an excellent foil to the familiar looking bullwhip carrying figure from the ‘Armed Archaeologist’ pack.

In closing I’ll just add that Copplestone Castings figures were all well cast, with almost no flash on them and all have minimal mold lines. I could happily order from Copplestone again, so they too go into the blogroll.

Review: Crescent Root Studios 15mm Middle East Buildings

Crescent Root Studio 15mm North African Buildings A couple of weeks ago I ordered $50us worth of 15mm North African buildings from ‘Crescent Root Studios‘ and they just arrived this morning.

I have to say I am a completely happy customer! The buildings look fantastic and Mark Neimeyer from Crescent Root Studios was very helpful and friendly, indulging me with both a custom order (I wanted just the buildings, not the bases) and working out shipping costs all the way to my home in New Zealand.

I will definitely be keeping an eye on CRS for any future product and see they also have a line of 25-28mm Fantasy buildings. I notice they’ve also recently added 15mm European buildings too.

Crescent Root Studio 15mm North African Buildings My $50us gave me one of each of Mark’s 15mm NA buildings with a few extra copies of the smaller buildings. All of the buildings are well detailed with doorways, windows, trap doors, stairways and cracks and exposed brick work.

They’re cast from a robust resin product by the feel of it and I think they’ll hold up to painting and gaming well. I also noticed no issues like bubbles etc. in the casting at all. They’re reasonably light as I suspect they’re cast over a foam filler so they may move during gameplay unless based on something heavier like MDF. I will probably base them anyway as I’d like to add extra detail like boxes, etc.

All of the buildings in these photos are unpainted and straight from their well packed box. The buildings come in three sizes:

Large

Crescent Root Studio 15mm North African Buildings The large buildings will hold at least one large Flames of War infantry base on their rooftops, probably two for the left and right buildings.

Of the three the right building is probably the most versatile with it’s large square roof and staircase. The central building is a very characterful split level and the left building will be great for blocking LOS, even from elevated opponents.

Medium

Crescent Root Studio 15mm North African Buildings The medium buildings are all good for hiding infantry behind and placing observers on.

A staircase is nice but all the buildings without staircases actually have subtle trapdoors sculpted into the roofs. They’re hard to see in the photos, although you can just make one out slightly off-centre of the right building’s square roof. A bit of careful painting will make them more obvious.

Most of the medium buildings also stack onto the large buildings too which is nice for some extra variety.

Small

Crescent Root Studio 15mm North African Buildings The small buildings are all for extra detail. You can stack them, or rest them next to a larger building as an extension.

Many of the Crescent Root building sets also come with those flat side pieces. They work really well to convert a house style building into a more market or shop feeling building. I don’t quite know why that is…possibly the arched doorways and tiled roofs? But combine a few with the normal buildings and you end up with a very nice ‘town square’ or ‘market’ feel. I’m debating whether to fix these to buildings before I paint everything, or keeping them separate for variety. Hmmmm or perhaps I should just order more buildings!

In conclusion these buildings are exactly what I was after, they’re very nicely sculpted and well cast, their scale is perfect for 15mm and Crescent Root Studios were a absolute pleasure to deal with. So if you’re after reasonably priced 15mm, 20mm or 28mm scale terrain I say definitely check them out.