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Life on the Fringe: SHM 15mm Sci Fi Characters

Always with an eye towards character driven skirmish games, I do like my little squads of personalities and these guys from are just that.

I’m not 100% sure where the bot on the right came from (, old Traveller, or elsewhere) but the other 4 are from the SHM Range at The noble idea is to give up-and-coming sculptors a commercial outlet for their work.  As you might expect then the sculpting is not the most ‘refined’ but there is certainly plenty of character and fun to be had with this range.

Of the many I have from the range, I selected a few that I thought would make an interesting ‘group’ for any of the dozen or so science fiction based skirmishing games out there – particularly suitable for Rogue Planet, a number of titles from Nordic Weasel or perhaps the upcoming Rogue Stars from Osprey but the awesome Andrea Sfiligoi of Ganesha Games. Have I played any? Nah, not yet – the proverbial non-Gaming Gamer Syndrome prevails. But I love the idea! SHM range 15mm sci fi characters for skirmish games
Baroka Crime Lord, Razak Bouncer, Gizbin Mercenary, Skorath Mercenary from SHM Range. Bot on the right? Can’t recall…

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Mini Update: Sci Fi tech from the 15mm Ion Age

Another “in-betweener”. I’d been painting mostly fantasy lately so I slotted in this fellow from the Ion Age range from GBS also of and other great miniature lines. Duxis Pilot, Male, with control unit and Angis Pistol.

A useful and generic enough miniature that could slot in to any sci fi environment. I didn’t paint up the Duxis Drone yet that he comes with as he’s stand-alone (IMHO). He’s related to these fellows who I’ve had for decades but are responsible for sparking off my more recent foray into 15mm Sci Fi over the last few years – so responsible for a lot of money and time and lead!



City Town Terrain for Mordheim or Frostgrave fantasy games

I’m not a terribly focussed terrain builder/maker as is probably evident from the end results of my tables. They tend to evolve and acquire increasing amounts of clutter over time without a great deal of consideration for consistency – I’ll mix resin, plastic, card, paper and foam core with 2d and 3d to suit.

The base for this table are 10″ square wooden panels. They were cut down from ‘left-over’ slotted panels used on wooden wine cases that I use as shelving for paints and miniature storage. They have a magnetic sheet covering and on top of that I printed out a portion of Pwork Darkburg paper terrain battlemap. Very Mordheim in flavour.

Some of the buildings and features appeared on another recent ‘Fantasy Venice’ attempt which follows a similar theme to this setup.

City Town Terrain for Mordheim or Frostgrave fantasy games
Some German Infantry (plastic HO/20mm scale) test out some Dave Graffam paper ruin terrain that has been based and bulked up with foam core. In the foreground a lone Splintered Light hero awaits a Blue Moon werewolf’s advances.

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Mini Randomness: Spring Cleaning the Media Library

I was just scanning the Media Library and there a few pictures in there to post that didn’t really have enough clout to justify their own dedicated post so I thought I’d do a bit of a random medley just to get them online. Apart from the 15mm there is little theme going on here…

A Reptilian Gladiator type from Splintered Light (I think). I was between some ‘unit batch’ painting and wanted a break so pulled this fellow of the ‘ready to paint’ shelf (I’ve a lot of those). Continue reading Mini Randomness: Spring Cleaning the Media Library

Little Grey Aliens from the Canary Islands

Some time ago I bought a load of 15mm stuff from Javier of the brilliant Javier at War blog. Part of the lot were these very cute, almost comedy, grey aliens. I think I’d be hard pressed to use them as ‘baddies’ for that reason. Maybe they are the heroes or perhaps innocent third-parties caught up in ‘unnecessary violence’. Continue reading Little Grey Aliens from the Canary Islands fantasy buildings complete

As mentioned in my last post, I’d jumped on board when 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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