Monkeying around on the fringes of space: 15mm Monkey Gang from Highlander

Highlander Studio’s in the States produce a number of interesting, not-available-elsewhere, miniatures and all to a very high standard. As soon as I spotted these monkey-boys I had to have them.

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Not only do they slot in well as proxies for a 2000AD/Mega City One type of game (Judges are here) but they make a great space pirate/rogue group for Space Opera that can go up against their other genetically enhanced earth-based beast – so far painted Felids (cats) from Critical Mass and Bears from Khurasan. In the paint queue are dogs (CrtiMass and Traveller GW) and Rhinos from Khurasan.

They’d also go well as a gang for post-apocalyptic settings where genetic mutations were the norm. An area I’ve been drawn to for a long time but chat on the Fool’s Daily podcast has got my interest kindled again. Bought Across the Dead Earth recently which looks pretty good. (I know there was a reason I built that shanty town terrain…)

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Conan! Crom, that looks painful: 15mm Copplestone

It was by pure coincidence that I had been reading a volume of Conan stories. I’d never read them before. Then came along the recent Conan Kickstarter. I said to myself, “Nah, I’ll do that in 15mm and save the money/painting time for something else”.

I picked out a couple of Conan look-a-likes from the amazing range from Copplestone Castings that I’ve had waiting in the queue for a while. Had to have a Belit as well. I’ve said in the past how impressed I have been with this range of models. Painting these 3 was fun and turned in to a bit of a ‘flesh-tone and blending exercise’ in 15mm.

PS. The “Crom, that looks painful” title refers to the popping muscle tone of these men. Total fantasy.

Copplestone 15mm Barbarians. Conan! Copplestone 15mm Barbarians. Conan!

Anyway, despite my initial disregard for the Conan Kickstarter, the more I looked and saw how it was growing and how fine some of the sculpts were, I caved in. How could I not? Roll on October…

A couple of old hags: Blue Moon 15mm witches

I bought this pack a while ago from Blue Moon Manufacturing correctly thinking that these ladies would make great characters or plot point/objectives for various skirmish periods. There are 6 different sculpts in the pack but I’ve only painted up these two lovelies so far. One your stereotypical ‘Snow White’ witch, the other more gypsy inspired.

I don’t know what it is but over the last few months I’ve been acquiring quite a few witches in 15/18mm. (I hope their curses don’t transfer to miniature representations.) I feel a comparison review coming up in the future…

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