Monday 1 July 2024

World Cup of Historical Wargames Miniature Manufacturers ROUND 1

Here we go with Round 1 where the 16 Manufacturers who recieved the highest number of votes in the Preliminary Round play off against each other to earn the right to meet a seed in Round 2 (Perrys, Foundry etc await).

I'll use this page for all of Round 1, putting the links to the voting for each Round as results as they happen, apologies the voting is restricted to Facebook as I haven't found a suitable alternative.

There will be one new vote each day and each vote lasts 3 days


The World Cup is off, A proper David and Goliath match up, between Warlord and Bloody Miniatures, can a small focused quality range beat a huge multi scale multi period company, we've got three days to find out, link below to FB vote

This vote ended 4th July 2024 Bloody Miniatures won with 62% (357 votes) against Warlord Games 38% (218 votes) a big shock in the first game !

Day 2 is Round 1 Game 2 and this sees Empress Miniatures take on Wargames Atlantic 

Empress Miniatures came second in the Preliminary Round and are best known for their 28mm metal ranges which simply ooze quality, there are so many ranges to choose from but my personal favourites are the Spanish Civil War and ECW ranges.

Wargames Atlantic specialises in 28mm plastic boxes sets and produces some excellent figures that often fill a gap in the existing market, a highlight for me is the 28mm WW2 Partizan range which is top quality and highly versatile.

Can we forgive WA for the Landsknecht Ogre Box or will Empress take home the crown, we've got three days to find out 😁

The vote ended on the 5th July 2024 with an amazing 1380 votes cast. Empress Miniatures won the day with 732 votes to Wargames Atlantics 648

Day 3 match up is the Renaissance Bowl between TAG and Steelfist, both manufacturers of high quality 28mm metal figures for the ........ Renaissance (as well as other periods)

Tough choice as I love them both, vote on the link below

This vote ended on 6th July 2024 with both sides getting 272 votes so look out for a sudden death shoot out later in the week.

If you vote once today make it in game 4 of the World Cup of Historical Wargames Miniature Manufacturers 

Today's match up is of two very different companies 

The Plastic Soldier Company or PSC have brought an affordable range of WW2 figures and models to the hobby, the kits and Soldiers are available in multiple scales and are easy to put together, a great way to build some impressive armies.

Gripping Beast are best known for their 28mm Ancient to Medieval ranges which are available in both metal and plastic. Their figures are full of detail and character and grace many tabletops throughout the land.

Who will prevail, we have 3 days to find out.

Get voting, Regards Ken 

This vote ended on the 7th July 2024 with Gripping Beast being the winners with 380 votes to 207

Did you forget to vote yesterday, well why not vote today in Game 5 of the Wargames Miniature Manufacturers World Cup, its an interesting match up but there can be only one, head over to the Yarkshire Gamer FB page to put your X in the box
#wargames #wargaming #Miniatures 

This vote ended on 8th of July with Baccus 6mm being the winners with 296 votes to 194

Game 6 sets off this morning with Footsore taking on the might Bad Squiddo. Are you Gangs of Barnsley or Team Dice Bag ? Get voting on the Yarkshire Gamer FB page now !

This vote ended on the 9th July with Bad Squiddo being the winners with 684 votes to 624

Today's match up is 10mm vs 15mm with Pendraken vs Battlefront, it's an interesting match up and Pendraken has set off like a stabbed rat !
Get voting down at the Yarkshire Gamer FB Page

The final game is underway and votes can be cast on the link below 


  1. Hi Ken - Very good afternoon from Switzerland!
    Just watched your latest monthly update and saw the Swiss flags you received from FoW. Being - amongst (too) many other periods - also a very keen gamer of the early/mid Italian Wars, what I saw was a bit of a "shock"...
    For instance, the Swiss Confederation flags are of a pattern not used by any Swiss armed forces prior to October 1841 at the earliest. Also, the Basel flags shown are a fantasy design using the arms of today's canton Basel-Landschaft founded in 1833...
    BUT the good thing is that countless Swiss and captured banners/flags even back to the 1300s have survived or their paintings can still be seen in churches and chapels. Illustrations of them have been assembled in several "Flag Books" published mostly in the first half of the 1900s by various Swiss historians or historical societies.
    I have done flag sheets for my Italian Wars armies based on these and am happy to share if you are interested. These cover mainly the cantonal and city state great banners for campaigns sanctioned by the federal assembly (Tagsatzung), not the smaller Fähnleins (two-coloured flags in cantonal colours, typically with a long-legged white cross sawn on). The Fähnlein were used for “unofficial” campaigns or partial levies. These could be accompanied by the red triangular Swiss flag with a "long-legged" white cross shown across it.
    In terms of the organisation of flags within their formations and which flags were allowed to be carried and which not, the Swiss were VERY specific as this was strictly regulated by the federal assembly (Tagsatzung). There were even instances where the Swiss almost arrived late for battle because field commanders argued over the order of banners within the formation…
    The banners of cities states and cantons would be arranged based on their seniority within the confederacy (or standing as associated cities or territories) starting from front left to right (i.e. 1st Row: Zurich, Berne, Lucerne, Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden (or Obwalden, Nidwalden), Glarus, Zug – 2nd Row: Fribourg, Solothurn, Basel, Schaffhausen, Appenzell – Next: associated cities/states like St Gallen, Abbot of St Gallen, Thun, Biel, Winterthur, etc. – Next: subject territories, and so on).
    Subject territories were only allowed to carry their banner if they operated outside of the formation of its superior city/canton (e.g. Cantonal banner in the main guard (Gewalthaufen or Hauptharst), subject territory banner in the vanguard). An example of this is that of Lucerne at the battle of Morat in 1476, where the subjects of Entlebuch were allowed to fly their flag because they operated in the vanguard, but the Lucerne contingent fought in the main guard.
    Crossbow/arquebusier units carried their own cantonal/city flags (Schßtzenfähnlein, mostly in triangle shape, or triangular with horizontal top, later both versions often with round end) usually showing a crossbow and/or an arquebus in black contoured gold painted on them.
    Cavalry units carried similarly shaped flags (Rennfähnlein). There are also examples of infantry detachments carrying cantonal/city Fähnlein, usually smaller versions of the main banner.

    Very best & ongoing enjoyment wargaming the super exiting and sometimes bewildering Italian Wars!