Every self respecting Tolkien gamer wants hobbits in their collection. I mean, Elves and Dwarves are cool and very well armed, but Hobbits know what's really important.
But getting halfling figures that look like how I imagine the characters in the books is problematic.
The Games Workshop hobbits are pretty good, but awfully dear. Although maybe that's my age. Is Cdn$5/ figure that bad anymore for metal? Yes, really it is. Conqueror Model dwarves are half that price even without the bundle discounts. Also the poses are terribly repetitive.
Mantic halfings are well, just odd. Plus you've got to buy them in sets with different units and I don't want dog riding hobbits, thank you.
Copplestone Castings are excellent, but pack assortment makes unit building problematic. They would mix well with the Games Workshop hobbits I think. Although there is a very nice option to buy unit packs through Northstar Games.
Wargames Atlantic plastic halfling militia are a good price, but suffer from Big Heads and are, in my opinion, very well equipped for how I imagine a Shire levy would look. I got a sample sprue through Wargames Soldiers & Strategy magazine a few years back.
Patrick remembered me musing about using 1/72 scale/ 20mm figures and gifted me a box of the Airfix Robin Hood figures as a late Christmas present. I was happy to notice that they are the same height as my Merry figure, and very similar builds too. Although getting more of this Out of Print set would frankly be impossible unless I wanted to pay stupidly high eBay Collector prices.
|L-R: Wargames Atlantic halfling militia, Airfix Robin Hood figure, GW Merry. See what I mean about Big Heads?|