Saturday, March 18, 2023

Scruby Mexican American War US Regulars

Back in the day, meaning the late 1960s and early 70's metal figures for wargaming were rare in the US. One exception to this was Jack Scruby. Jack was a pioneer in American Wargaming. He created figures in various wargaming scales. 

My first metal wargaming figures were 20mm hoplites and phalanx from Jack Scruby miniatures. They are long gone now (sadly) having been replaced by English figures by Miniature Figurines, Hinchcliffe and Garrison. 

They too are long gone although I'm working to replace some in the old classic scale of 25mm or one inch. 

So, when I got back into the hobby in 2014 I decided to collect a few of the old metal figures in addition to my interests in 1\72 plastics. I started with eBay searches and found some Jack Scruby Americans and Mexicans in Scruby 25mm. 

Later I supplentnted what I found by finding that Scruby miniatures had been taken over by Historifigs, a copmany out of Baraboo, WI, my home state. Sadly, for about a year now, Historifigs seems to be out of business, although the website is still up. Email inquiries have not been answered. 

I painted up my one unit of US Regulars by Jack Scruby. I like the old toy soldier look of Scruby miliatures and so used gloss coat to seal them. I'm not sure what happended to Historifigs but they filled a nostalgia itch for me. Here's my unit of US Regulars by Jack Scruby, painted by yours truly.


Jonathan Freitag said...

I have painted a number of the Scruby MAW 25s. They have a certain charm. Too bad if they are now gone.

Bruce Roeder said...

Thanks, Jonathan, for stopping by and for the comment. I'd love to see some pics of your collection. I have enough Scruby for three Mexican units but a friend has an interest in doing them in the old style with a gloss varnish.