Category Archives: Fantasy

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

Further reduction of the lead pile.

These boys have had a very long trip to completion.

  • 8 years ago – bought (can’t recall where from but mostly Essex’s I think)
  • 6 years ago – de-flashed, based and primed
  • 3 years ago – rebased
  • 2 years ago – base painting of horses and armour
  • 1 month ago – finished in batches of 4 or 5

15mm Mounted Knights

Yet another tangent. Going all PULP.

Like the poor moth drawn to the nearest light, I am but a typical gamer/miniature collector drawn to the next new shiny thing.

Maybe this is more in keeping with previous thoughts on “Indian in the Cupboard” where a mash-up of all the shiny things I like can be achieved – Sci Fi, Fantasy, Pirates, Wild West and Adventure. I listened to a review (an excellent review) on Meeples and Miniatures about Pulp Alley. I had heard of Pulp Alley but dismissed it as its theme appeared to be very “Indiana Jones”. Encouraged by M&Ms enthusiasm and a bit more research that suggested the system far more ‘open’ than I had assumed, I took the almighty plunge and bought the rules. At £6.25 you can’t go too wrong.

Well, after reading I think it might well be the Holy Grail of rules that I have been looking for. Character and story driven, simple rules, fun activation and the addition of perils make for a fun combination. In addition it does not take a huge leap of imagination to seeing this system being very adaptable to other genres. Indeed, perhaps a mutli-genre world where toy soldiers come to life and live in a cupboard!

The only immediate draw back I see is the fairly tight ‘structure’ used for creating Leagues/Bands/Groups. I suspect however a bit more thinking, play testing and research will open that one up too.

First stop I think will be Pulp Alley + Five Parsecs from Home. See what kind of offspring that generates.

Pulp characters

Dusty Demonworld Knight

This fella has been painted up for some time but I decided to dust him off and finish his shield which, at the time, I couldn’t decide what to paint on it. Pretty obvious with the dragon helm really that it has to be a dragon…

As with all my photos, I think these all look better in the flesh. Maybe it is because the image makes him look like a 30mm figure instead of his true 15mm (well, that’s not true either, as he’s from Demonworld he’s more like 20mm).

Demonworld Knight

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