Anyone that has dabbled in 15mm fantasy miniatures in recent years will be aware of the splendid barbarians produced by the excellent Mark Copplestone. Alongside the rather larger Demonworld range, these are easily amongst my favourite miniatures. Indeed, one of my earliest posts to this blog was inspired by a round of painting some of these up.
Years later and I have gotten around to a couple of the other packs I picked up from Mr Copplestone when he was still selling these directly – the range is now available from Northstar.
Featured here are
FM01 – 15mm Barbarian Heroes
FM08 – 15mm Shapechangers and Cave Bears
As the sharper readers will have noticed there are no Cave Bears below. I painted them up previously and can be seen here. Pictures below are ‘alternatives’ for these shapechangers – the three larger ones are from Rebel Minis and the smaller one from Splintered Light Miniatures.
Little point of note – it has come to my attention that Angel Barracks who formerly produce some very fine 6mm stuff has turned his attention to 15mm Conan and has started to create an impressive range. Should that be your area of interest I suggest you pay him a visit. I will be at some point when painting queue permits. Crom’s Anvil.
Hope they provide a source of inspiration for your 15mm Conan gaming or Barbarian Hordes.
Continue reading 15mm Copplestone Barbarian Reinforcements
These rather sinister fellows are small in number and intended as the core of a skirmish force for the likes of Frostgrave, Song of Blades and Heroes or similar skirmish level games. Obviously they can do double-duty as a general and heroes in an undead army.
They come from Splintered Light Miniatures.
Continue reading Mini Update: A Cabal of Vampires from Splintered Light
Off the back of the Conan undead I painted up I decided to finally dust off these Men of Dunharrow – Army of the Dead – from Games Workshop’s LotR range. Added together with the Conan minis these make for a decent selection of Undead.
Clearly I chose not to go for the more ghost-like ethereal look normally associated with these miniatures and painted them to tie in with the Conan ones from the last post.
Many moons ago I had the pleasure of joining Tim and a host of other gamers at the Falkirk District Wargames Club for what was a rip-roaring and hilariously fun game of Faustus Furius;
“Faustus Furius is a fast and furious, tongue in cheek
table-top racing game based very loosely around the
chariot races of the ancient world and adaptable to
any racing situation.
Designed for 2-8 participants, it allows players to pit
chariots from any culture or period against one
another in a no-holds-barred race to fame and glory.”
Not too long after I decided to paint up a few fantasy based chariots that would compliment those I already had in various armies or collections. The aim was to have a enough races and types to provide for a large game. As I’ve not been able to make the club in a long time nothing has come of this as yet, but here in the wings are the competitors. All 15mm except the Snotling Pumpwagon which is scale neutral if you look at it the right way 😉
Option for the Orcs and Elves to run as teams could be an interesting play. Demonworld Thain Chariot Ral Partha High Elf Chariots (OOP I think) Continue reading A fantastical take on Faustus Furius chariot racing
You know the drill. You painted up a group of minis and get them table-ready as it were but, at the time of completion, couldn’t decide on a suitable ‘detail’, the omission of which does not make the minis ‘incomplete’. Such was the case with these guys which I posted about back in August 2013. As you can see from the post images I had left the shields a plain white which was fine and suited their regimental type of colour theme. However last year I came across an image online of a bunch of dwarfs boasting what looked like (to me) Byzantine inspired shield designs and I though they looked amazing. Time to finish them off! a mere 5 years later…
Of course I cannot find the image again for reference so you’ll need to take my word for it. That aside, with a bit of simplification to the patterns (these are 15mm after all, gimme a break) but being true to the colour palettes, I think they turned out pretty well.
He was one of those minis that I picked up to paint individually whilst working on some bigger groups to relieve the monotony. There are a few excellent painted examples of this Dark Demon to see online but a few of (the awesome ones included) were way too heavy on the highlighting on the skin for my taste. I tried for a bit of a more muted (realistic?) approach. Great muti-purpose beastie.