Years ago, I started miniature wargaming in college at Miami of Ohio using 20mm lead-pewter figures from K+L, and Oklahoma-based casting company. I stumbled across their ad in the back of Civil War Times Illustrated and, having been introduced to miniature gaming by George Nafziger (now a well known author), I purchased several figures and combined them with my old HO-scale plastic Civil War “army men” into a cohesive force.
After college, I went to work near Cleveland, Ohio, for office products and self-adhesive label company Avery Dennison. My collection soon changed from a focus on 20mm to 15mm, a smaller scale with much more variety of poses and manufacturers. I invested rather heavily in Stone Mountain, Minifigs, and Old Glory figures, as well as Musket Miniatures. over time, I added in a few figures from Peter Pig, Naismith Design, RAFM, Falcon, Yucca, Empire, Essex, and other manufacturers of metal figures. A few years ago after moving to Pennsylvania, I bought some painted AB Figures from Larry Reber and I was hooked on this line, which blends well on a stand with Old Glory figures.
I eventually sold off my old Minifigs, Musket Miniatures, and Falcon figures to focus on OG and AB, which make up the bulk of the 15mm army I use today for gaming and conventions. I still have my old 20mm K+L / Thomas figures.
What figure manufacturer(s) do you prefer?