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28mm Review: Perry Miniatures

A range of samurai, ashigaru and cavalry.
A range of samurai, ashigaru and cavalry.

I must admit from the beginning that I am quite biased towards the Perry Miniature samurai range, as it was the first historical range I ever bought from and it sort of dragged me back into the miniatures hobby after almost ten years of absence. So I like it a lot, but I don't think it is without good reason.

The main bulk of my samurai collection comes from Perry Miniatures, and as such I do measure other ranges against it with or without noticing. I will use a single miniature from the range to give a comparison for other ranges as well.

The samurai range covers mid-to-late 16th century Japan and pretty much everything you need to put on a battlefield from that period. Together with this are a few extra civilians and extras. The vast size of the range and the variation between each miniature makes it a natural start for any army from this period.

The proportions are mostly realistic, and the amount of detailing on the miniatures can even be a bit daunting for those new to samurai miniatures.

The miniatures are obviously designed with huge armies in mind. With a few exceptions the poses are natural but not heroic, more at home in a big unit than as single miniatures for a skirmish or role playing game. However, once you put together a painted unit, they look amazing!

I often get questions if the range is comparable to those of Games Workshop, especially when it comes to size. Perry Miniatures infantry are almost the same height as GW humans, though the proportions are more realistic with smaller heads and arms. However, the Perry horses are much smaller. While GW horses are hilariously oversized, I do find the Perry horses to be quite small, which just happens to work with Japanese cavalry as they rode tiny ponies rather than huge destriers.


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