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15mm SAGA: Viking Warband from Splintered Light

Dark Age miniatures from Splintered Light again. Really like this character pack which offers a ready-to-play warband for skirmish games. Also really like the Viking shield decals from Little Big Men. The best so far.

Since taking these pictures I think I’ve now cracked the field of depth issue on my camera – which is just as well because these really suffer.

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SLM “Mountain of Olley”: The Bugbears

There are a host of excellent miniature manufacturers/creators out there at the moment (early 2015). We are spoilt for choice. Even when looking at 15mm alone the guys feeding the habit are doing some splendid, even amazing, things.

My personal journey in 15mm started about 20 years ago. Then it stopped for about 15 years and only kicked off again a few years ago. The change in that period has been quite impressive. The first few months ‘back’ was like being a kid in a toyshop as new creations and suppliers were discovered – or older ones rediscovered and bearing witness to their growth (or not in a couple of cases).

One of the many joys I found was Splintered Light Miniatures. Great range, imagination and quality sculpting and casting. Fair prices too – shame SLM are in the US as postage (and the Customs man in particular) can be painful. I now possess more lead from SLM than I will likely manage to paint.

One of the many highlights at SLM are the sculpts by Bob Olley. I don’t care that the ones at SLM are technically “20mm”. The majority (dwarfs aside) work happily along side other 15mm “Fantasy” miniatures. “Fantasy” being the operative word there – it is after all fantastical subjects we are looking at. If you want to argue the height of an elf compared to an orc is such and such I’ll probably laugh in your face and suggest you take up train spotting instead.

Here is the tip of the Bob Olley mountain of lead I have to wade through. When I say “wade though” that makes it sound like a chore. It’s not. These are so much fun to paint, and admire afterwards, that the “Mountain of Olley” is indeed a fun place to spend a lot of time.

Enough musing. The Bugbears;

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Requested Scale Comparison:
Clearly being 20mm may raise questions in the scale department when using alongside 15mm. As request on TMP here is a pic.

Bugbear 20mm scale comparison

Left to Right: 10mm GW Warmaster Orgre (work great with 15mm too!), 15mm Essex Viking, SLM 20mm Bugbear, Foundry 28mm Pirate, finally, one of my oldest minis, a 25/28mm Ogre (from Grenadier I think).

Flights of Fantasy: Splintered Light Dungeon Adventurers

A while back I bought in to some of Rebel Minis “Armies” of re-packaged Splintered Light miniatures (Set 1 and Set 2). Clearly, not an army in the traditional sense but certainly a great way to get your hands on virtually all manner of ‘human’ type adventurers you could shake a stick at.

Add to that the range of Dungeon Crawl adventurer packs or Fantasy Gladiator packs  (Heroes of the Arena and Warriors of the Arena) directly from Splintered Light and you will be hard pushed not to be able to cover any dungeon bash requirements (not to mention great stuff for any fantasy skirmish games).

The mix in the Rebel Mini ‘army’ is such that several really nice themed warbands can be created (see below for a couple of them).

Splintered Light Miniatures fantasy Dungeon adventurers

Arabs Splintered Light Miniatures fantasy Dungeon adventurers

Splintered Light Miniatures fantasy Dungeon adventurers

Splintered Light Miniatures fantasy Dungeon adventurers

Normans Splintered Light Miniatures fantasy Dungeon adventurers

 

Fantastic Plastic: Budget does not mean rubbish

Trawling the web sometime back and the possibility of using board game components (meeples) was suggested by Cheap Fantasy Minis!. I took the plunge and ordered a few sprues from Eagle Games for the Age of Mythology board game (which I don’t own but wanted some mythos-busters).

Soapy water, priming and a coat or two of paint and the results are none too bad. The Cyclops below is good, the Medusa casting and pose a bit rough.

At $3 a sprue you get plenty for your dollar. Shipping to the UK was a bit steep so this will be a better option for colonial cousins. I bought one of each race – Greek, Norse and Egyptian. LINK to the Greek Sprue.

Note: These are technically 20mm (HO) scale. Being a mix of mythological monsters and gods means they are just that bit more impressive with 15mm.

I’ll post a few more when I get them done.

Plastic Fantastic - Eagle Games Age of Mythology painited Greek Meeples

15mm Fantasy heaven with some Dark Elves

I openly admit to having a very large soft spot for;

Add all three together and you have these beauties. I liked them so much I avoided the traditional ‘dark’ elf colour schemes and went for a more of ethereal, fallen high elf idea.

The infantry are from Ral Partha’s Blighthaven Skirmishing packs – which are perfect. I have all the released ones so far. No duplicates, decent balance of types and excellent miniatures. I expect a set of rules in the offing at some point to support and boost the concept. I’d buy it.

Ral Partha Europe Demonwork 15mm Dark Elves