Category Archives: Historical

Fantasy vibe terrain Part 2

Spring cleaning some image files threw up a few more candid snaps of some terrain ‘in development’ I’ve worked on in recent times.

The first lot (canals) are some shots take later than these ones as things started to get a bit more ‘refined’. Unfortunately I didn’t take any ‘final’ shots which had more boats, fencing, debris etc – i.e. ready to play on! Continue reading Fantasy vibe terrain Part 2

15mm.co.uk fantasy buildings complete

As mentioned in my last post, I’d jumped on board when 15mm.co.uk recently released a rather fine set of resin fantasy inspired buildings.

They are rather nice and paint up well (I think). I do have a couple of observations;

  • To my mind they are scaled spot on for 15mm ‘old school’. With the current scale creep that makes them a little ‘dainty’ for 18mm. Having said that, it’s common practice for many to scale-down on terrain for best results.
  • They are very ‘fantasy’ so if your a stickler for ‘historical authenticity’ they are not going to double up for medieval or early renaissance for you. They’re fine for me! Having said that, they’ve clearly avoided the OTT fantasy paraphernalia that you’d see on the GW Manor House for example (which is a great set btw if only for the wall components).
  • I’ve been happy to settle for Graffam style paper buildings for quite some time. They are fun to build and look good on a table (and cheap – I’ll post a pic of the medieval city I built a couple of years ago). However, put one of these resin models next to a paper model and the difference is very notable. I think it’s one or the other, and not both mixed in together. An observation, not a criticism!

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Barbary Corsair Pirates in 15mm

I wanted an ‘historical’ opponent for the growing horde of pirates I’ve accumulated (other than undead and rats, coming soon) and these  Barbary Corsair Pirates seemed to fit the bill. They will also double nicely as Arabian Nights foes in fantasy or pulp settings (I do love multi-purpose miniatures).

They are from 2 different manufacturers. Most are from the States – Thoroughbred Miniatures (pack link here – TB01T 15mm Tripoli Pirates). Great service.

The others are from War Modelling Miniatures (Spain) but their site appears to be down at the moment so I cannot confirm pack details. They are mostly the ‘command’ figures and are really nice miniatures. Facebook here.

15mm Barbary Corsair Pirates
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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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15mm SAGA: Arthurian Warband from Splintered Light

A modest warband of Arthurian inspired Romano-British Dark Age warriors. These are from the excellent Splintered Light Miniatures range of Dark Age miniatures. Lots of variety to be had and these photos do not do justice to the sculpts or the poses.

My first effort with Little Big Men shield transfers did not go so well with my Greeks (partly because of the contour on the shields, partly because I couldn’t cut out a perfect circle!). These ones were more successful and I’m pretty please that I didn’t spend hours hand painting them.

I was also messing around with magnetic bases hence the uniformity of the warriors – posing them individually would make for a better pic and I may come back and do that so they are seen without that disadvantage.

Mounted and archers still to paint but some Viking characters from SLM very soon. All heading towards SAGA in 15mm I think…

15mm Arthurian Dark Ages Splintered Light Miniatures

15mm Arthurian Dark Ages Splintered Light Miniatures

15mm Arthurian Dark Ages Splintered Light Miniatures

The Mortals: 15mm Xyston Ancient Greeks

Forever with a view for fun and colourful settings for a good skirmish game, here are the poor mortals that will inevitably meet their fate against the powers of the Gods or the brutality of legendary mythological beasts. The Greek warriors.

Anyone of a similar generation as I will have fond memories of films like Jason and the Argonauts (Harryhausen’s magic still has it’s charm today) with heroic battles against the likes of Medusa, Cyclops, harpies, Minotaur and skeletons to name but a few.

These chaps below are quite clearly sculpted and posed for ‘armies’. I only wish that more ‘heroic’ or ‘legendary’ style miniatures existed in 15mm for my purposes. Something like these, or these. Ditching 15mm for 28mm would remedy this. But I can’t. Not yet anyway.

As per usual – no idea which system I’m going to end up using (some day). Certainly give Of Gods and Mortals a go and face off against the numerous Norse options I have. But then there’s Open Combat, Song of Blades and Heroes, Pulp Alley and several other systems that would be good for a warband orientated game. And of course, I still await delivery of High Heavens Kickstarter game which will give numerous God options!

15mm Xyston Ancient Greeks for mythical adventures and skirmishing games

15mm Xyston Ancient Greeks for mythical adventures and skirmishing games

15mm Xyston Ancient Greeks for mythical adventures and skirmishing games

15mm Xyston Ancient Greeks for mythical adventures and skirmishing games

15mm Xyston Ancient Greeks for mythical adventures and skirmishing games

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