As they say it all depends what you mean by best. For beautiful sculpting and stately pose Charles Stadden was in a class of his own. Peter Gilder could breath animation into his figures and Edward Suren could convey a whole world of meaning in the bend of an elbow or the inclination of a head. Nowadays the Perry twins are not too shabby and Mr Ansell gets better with every figure, his Austrians for TAG are breathtaking.That doesn't even scratch the surface everyone will have a favourite from Dick Higgs to Alec Brown and I can't omit some of the less well known masters; John Ray, John Niblett, and Steve Hezzlwood.
But if you say, which was the most delicate and graceful range produced, which was years ahead of its time in sculpting and production values then I think the name of Les Higgins will always come up amongst the old timers.The range of figures was starting to take of when Les Higgins sadly died in 1972. Although many more figures were produced under the Pheonix label the wargames ranges slowly withered away. The jewel of the 20mm castings were the Marlburian range.
Thanks to the efforts of a group of enthusiasts including the legendary Harry Pearson, this range is back in production. I had vaguely intended to get some but on New Years Eve the opportunity arose to purchase a lot of over 500 original infantry castings.
I dared not pause to consider the sensible options, a quick press on the send button and a new and long coveted army was under production.
Thanks to Steve Gill for the catalogue and for more information Harry Pearsons web site is unrivalled