During my hiatus from the hobby I did still flutter around the fringes and attend the occasional wargames show, sometimes with my son (in a rather selfish bid to entice him to the dark side). On one such occasion I allowed him to talk me in to buying the boxed game from Rackham “Hybrid” which contained a number of very nice models and game tiles.
Years sitting neglected and (almost) forgotten I dug it out as my interest in 28mm grew again. With Mordhiem or Frostgrave in mind I decided to paint up the “Templars of Hod” that came with the set.
I’ve already painted up some miniatures from Oddział Ósmy – namely some 15mm insurgents (sci fi modern) and some rather cool vampires, also modern/sci fi. All from a rather large order from Assault Publishing whilst taking advantage of an attractive special offer a while back.
Below are some of the Special Forces types. Main take-away points;
Brilliant sculpting and casting
Full of character
Scale on the ‘larger’ size but nothing drastic
‘Largish heads’ to body size, but needed to squeeze in that extra character
Pewter of a ‘harder’ than normal quality making cleaning a bit more time consuming and blunt-inducing.
Just finishing off a dozen more of the insurgents. Photos to follow soon.
As I now juggle between both 15mm and 28mm on a more regular basis it feels like ‘overall’ progress slows right down (you’d expect a 28mm miniature to take twice as long to paint as a 15mm but in reality – for me – it’s more like 3 times if not more).
Another “in-between” paint up of one of the less-good forces that feature in Splintered Light’s wonderful range of Woodland Warriors. I’ve painted many already but they have all been ‘goodies’. This is one of the rat leaders which I painted up while working on a larger ‘batch’ of other miniatures (a good way for me to ‘make a start’ on the next painting project).
Although sold as ’20mm’, these guys being what they are can work equally well with 15mm through to 28mm scale depending upon how flexible your ‘perspective’ is on how large these animals should/could/might be. Magic + fantasy = whatever you want after all…
Repurposing existing ‘toys’. My son had a small spell of collecting some of the pre-painted D&D miniatures which I came across during a rummage.
This fella struck me as being particularly useful for a barbarian or orcish force in either 15 or 28mm. He’s pretty much a full repaint. The first picture I took before going all-out on the warpaint on him. If he does make an appearance for 15mm I think a scratch built howdah will be in order even though his anatomy suggests he is bipedal.
Miniature figure collector and painter (in that order) and solo wargamer whose opponent has lost his gaming mojo
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