I know some of Xyston's 15mm ranges are so out-of-scale that they are the poster boys of scale creep, while other ranges of theirs are reasonably compatible with Essex, OG, and others that fit within the general, industry standards. At the risk of asking an inherently subjective question, are either of these two Xyston ranges within reason?
Pics of them on their website look really good. I'll sample one or both ranges, unless a consensus says, basically, why bother. --Cuz friends don't let friends support scale creep.
The Kappadokians by Xyston are huge...Xyston's Kappadokians are clearly 18mm, if not 20mm figures. I would say that mixing with Essex is out of the question.
I appreciate the replies. I had no plans to mix them with any other ranges. (Folks who know me know I have this odd, "ethnic purity" thing: I don't mix ranges within a given army.) If a range is a little bigger and heftier than Essex, Khurasan, etc., I can deal with that. I just don't want something that's way out of scale.
Baldie's reply suggests that the Persians might be worth sampling; the Kappies...meh, maybe not.
The Essex do have scale differences even in the range, the guys with spears and the nonchalant ones with swords do seem bigger even taking into account their jazzy plumes than the ones with rounded helmets. I must admit I cut off the horns as I didn't like em
Difference in the mounted is more noticable but again I find many manufacturers shrink their chariot sizes and the riders presumably so the riders fit in the chariots and the chariots so they can fit on a 40x40 base
The Persians were not done by me as I couldn't face em, pity as I have now done a few hundered in 6mm
Very helpful Goragrad! The Xyston figures look compatible on the game table (in opposing) armies with the other figures. EXCEPT for whatever that giant is on the right in group pic. Yikes! Fear of hat kind of scale-creep is what has prevented my from ordering Xyston figures in the past.
Should have noted that the Xyston figures were picked up off ebay or the TMP exchange so manufacturing dates probably vary quite a bit. That figure on the right is one of the middle year codes - ANC20057 - Persian Levies in Median Dress.
I have seen a post on TMP (I believe) that the latest codes have seen a reversal of the giantism that was standard for the Indian, Roman, and Gallic lines.
By the way, not sure where you are ordering from, but Brookhurst hobbies has some of the old 18XXX codes from IKore on clearance at $2.37 a pack. Not sure what the stock of those packs is, but they do have the Kappdocian Hillmen listed...
I got my Thebans from them years ago at that clearance price. Sure beats regular $5.49 price, but then they don't have the full ranges.