Arab Figure Compareson

A review of various manufactures of 28mm figures for Arab/Muslim infantry and cavalry from the 10th-12th centuries.  I’ve be busy collecting figures from different companies for my Arab armies.   Most recently I’ve added Berber models from Miniature Design Studio and Arab troops from Musketeer Miniatures.

The models from MDS are well sculpted, on the smaller end of 28mm, come with little flash & a small amount of venting and are rather inexpensive.  I recommend looking at the Warband deals – £25.00 for 50 is a pretty good deal.  The Berber line is well stocked with 5 poses each of spear and bow, but many of the lines from MDS have only a single figure of each type.  The only negative is the soft metal used to cast the figures – swords and bows bend easily and I immediately discarded the cast bamboo spears for wire spears.  MDS was very prompt to respond to emails and was able to ship & deliver from the UK in less than 2 weeks.

The models from Musketeer Miniatures are some of the best sculpted figures on the market (although the crown still be longs to the Perry brothers).  Well cast with little flash or venting, the figures are on the larger end of 28mm possibly being a bit bulky.  The line is rather expensive, but I’ve been lusting after the Senior Ghulam cavalry unit for some time now & had to indulge.  The figures where ordered through Architects of War here in the US.  The order took 6 weeks to complete, but AoW stayed in constant communication with me during the process.

My army will use figures from five companies: MDS, Perry, Gripping Beast, Magister Militum and Musketeer.  Posted are comparison photos of infantry from all 5 companies and cavalry from Perry, Magister and Musketeer.


  1. #1 by Alan on July 24, 2012 - 7:57 am

    Great Thanks for the comparison photos at all angles! Just what i was looking for more articles like this please Cheers Alan

  2. #2 by Engel on October 31, 2013 - 10:05 am

    Big thanks for this comparison.

  3. #3 by Brax on March 4, 2015 - 4:38 pm

    thanks for the comparrison, that’s very useful. Do you have some comments on the size of the new Eureka’s Saracens?

    • #4 by Brax on March 4, 2015 - 4:39 pm

      Maybe also the new plastic Gripping Beast arabs?

      • #5 by chicagoterrainfactory on March 6, 2015 - 1:30 pm

        Sorry, I’ve not purchased either the new Gripping Beast plastics nor the Saracens from Eureka.

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