If someone asked me when the first fantasy miniatures were produced and by whom, I’d have guessed it was the Grenadier Wizzards & Warriors line (1975), Der Kreigspielers’ Fantastiques (1974), or perhaps the Minifigs Sword & Sorcery line (1975).
But a recent discussion on a Yahoo group devoted to Heritage Models brought up the forgotten figures made by Scruby. These were first produced in 1975 (and so are not the oldest), but they were cast in the 30mm scale recommended by Gygax & Perrin’s Chainmail rules. 30mm was a popular war gaming scale for a while (and, ironically, with scale creep is back for RPG type figures).
This image is swiped from Table Top Talk, which has more information on the line.
Jack Scruby is one of the pioneers of modern war gaming. He began casting minis in 1955 (!), edited several important war games newsletters, wrote several books, and ran one of, if not the, first gaming conventions, where 14 people attended and played war games with 54mm figures (the size of the “green army men” we all played with).
Astonishingly, some of the fantasy figures are still being cast; you can buy them here.