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Ral Partha Legacy has split off from Iron Wind Metals. They've launched their new webstore here: https://ralparthalegacy.com/

They produce lots of old Tom Meier and Julie Guthrie sculpts, along with many other sculptors'. There are plenty of old classics to be found there, and some new minis as well.

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Interesting news. Looks like just fantasy at the moment, Iron Wind still has Battletech, Shadowrun and Vor up.

So I'm not sure how this split works.

Here's an announcement, so I guess RPL is doing Chaos Wars and new stuff, while Iron Wind keeps old stuff?

Iron Wind Metals is proud and excited to announce a new miniatures company – Ral Partha Legacy.

Founded by and helmed by IWM partner Jacob Fathbruckner, Ral Partha Legacy will take over ownership of the Chaos Wars miniature wargame rules, and will produce and sell its own original Chaos Wars miniatures, as well as taking over production, sale, and distribution of classic Ral Partha miniatures for Chaos Wars, under license from Iron Wind.

“We are very excited to see Jacob fully take over all aspects of Chaos Wars” says IWM founder, President, and CEO Michael Noe. “From its rebirth, Jacob has been the heart and soul of Chaos Wars. The entire project has been a labor of love for him, and we cannot wait to see how far he will take it. Iron Wind has always specialized in selling individual fantasy miniatures and encounter sets, mainly for role-playing games, and will continue to do so under the Ral Partha Classic brand. However, IWM’s other obligations have prevented us from giving the Chaos Wars wargaming brand the attention it deserves. With it fully in Jacob’s hands, thru Ral Partha Legacy, there is no limit to where he can expand the Chaos Wars universe to…”

While branching off, Jacob will remain a partner in Iron Wind Metals, and will be doing much of the RPL casting and production work at the IWM factory.
"Running the Chaos Wars project for IWM has been both an honor and a privilege.” says Jacob.

“We announced "Ral Partha - A Division of Iron Wind Metals" just over 5 years ago, with the simple mission of rereleasing some classic miniatures. Our goal was to prove that there was a market for these miniatures and that their designs were still viable. Happily, the game and miniatures proved even more popular than we had hoped, and I am very proud to say that the division completed its mission.

It is hard for me to adequately express my gratitude towards Mike Noe and Marc Rubin, not just for taking me on as a partner, but for their guidance and friendship, and entrusting me to operate under the Ral Partha name. The knowledge I've picked up from them, experiences I've had, and contacts I've made through IWM have been life changing. I would also like to thank Melissa Noe and the IWM staff for tolerating me as I have been playing in their metaphorical sandbox. Huge thanks to the Chaos Wars Demo Team, volunteers, and our loyal customers who have helped this project grow in ways I had not dared dream. I know I am far luckier than I deserve to be. So now we move onward, to produce more classic and obscure miniatures, although legally a separate entity, we are still brothers in arms marching into the future."

As of Monday July 13th 2020, IWM is retiring the brand "Ral Partha - A Division of Iron Wind Metals" as the product transfers to Ral Partha Legacy.

IWM will continue to produce classic Ral Partha fantasy and historical miniatures, for your roleplaying needs.

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That Ogryn riding a warelephants and the armored bears definitly have my interest

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Funny how the Legacy company has the modern website...
   
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Wow. I've got some of those elves from my Role Playing days back in the 80s/early 90s.

Have to say, though, those are going to be waay smaller than today's current crops of fantasy figures. So that will likely limit these.

And $4.50 per model? I'm not buying many RP minis lately, but does that seem high for what is a mass battle game? I might also be out of the loop on fantasy metal prices.

I do like the look of the old metal elves, they look very much like earlier versions of seaguard, white lions, etc.

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As do I. My Dark Elf and Sea Elf Armies are nearly all Tom Meier elves from the 80s. I dislike scale creep but have just had to live with it.

As for price, it is still cheaper per figure that many GW offerings in plastic. See Stormcast Eternal Liberators at $6.20 each, or Witch Aelves at $6 per. However, the limiting factor is less price, but size. The current market is used to 28-32mm figures now.

Bit of trivia. Two of the elf offerings have been renamed from Deep Elves to Sea Elves. Sea Elves are probably a better name from a marketing standpoint. I guess only really die-hard LotR fans remember the brief mention of Deep Elves in The Fellowship of the Ring (and they were either dead or fled at that point anyway).

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Wow. I've got some of those elves from my Role Playing days back in the 80s/early 90s.

Have to say, though, those are going to be waay smaller than today's current crops of fantasy figures. So that will likely limit these.

And $4.50 per model? I'm not buying many RP minis lately, but does that seem high for what is a mass battle game? I might also be out of the loop on fantasy metal prices.

I do like the look of the old metal elves, they look very much like earlier versions of seaguard, white lions, etc.

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Interestingly, they're producing many of the old Ral Partha figures that Citadel used to produce under license back in the 80's. These figures were part of the genesis of Warhammer.

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Ral Partha UK still sells BattleTech, for anyone interested. They do not have the newer sculpts however, as those are exclusive to IWM.

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Iron Wind has always specialized in selling individual fantasy miniatures and encounter sets, mainly for role-playing games, and will continue to do so under the Ral Partha Classic brand. However, IWM’s other obligations have prevented us from giving the Chaos Wars wargaming brand the attention it deserves. With it fully in Jacob’s hands, thru Ral Partha Legacy, there is no limit to where he can expand the Chaos Wars universe to…”


Am I missing something? They're keeping stuff for the Ral Partha Classic brand under IWM yet producing other classic minis under the Ral Partha Legacy new company? That sounds needlessly complicated.
   
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Ral Partha Legacy is a new company that bought the rights to... *waves hands indistinctly* whatever miniatures they bought the rights to. It looks like mostly stuff that appeared in sufficient variety to make fantasy regiments out of, as opposed to minis intended to represent role-playing characters or historical figures.

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