This comparison photograph, taken in 2010, comes to us from Mark Dudley of the Ilkley Old School blog. from left to right, the figures are by: Spencer Smith, Minot, Jackdaw, and the final three by Tradition (Stadden). Were time and money no object, I'd add large units in metal from all these miniature makers.
The responses to yesterday's posting of various comparison photographs have been extremely good, and it has been a real pleasure hearing from all of you on the subject. If there is anyone else out there with some comparisons photographs of nominally 25-30mm figures floating around on your hard drives, and assuming you would like to see them reblogged here, please send them along, clearly identifying which figures are which, and I'll post them at the GD of S blog.
It's really very interesting to see all of these various figures next to each other. For many years, I was under the mistaken impression that 30mm MUST be larger than 25/28mm. Clearly, that is not always the case. Does anyone know why the 30mm classification was applied way back when, and why it was jettisoned in the early 1970s for 25mm? And does anyone still bother painting and collecting 15mm figures? The impression I have is that the 18mm fellows seems to be edging them out. Or is it simply that as someone now well past the age of 40, with middle-aged eyes, it's difficult to imagine trying to paint anything smaller than 20mm figures? Ok, discuss!