Category Archives: Essex Miniatures

Scale Comparison: 10mm Ogres from Black Gate as 15mm Brutes

I’m sure everyone likes it when a hunch, a calculated guess or even a gut reaction, turns out to be what you had thought. Such is the case from the new 10mm Ogres from Black Gate Miniatures currently running on Kickstarter with only a few days left.

Anyone who have seen the 10mm Ogres from Games Workshop for Warmaster will see how these fellas would make for an excellent addition to such a force. However, that’s not my main interest. Mine is from the 15mm perspective. I’ve even posted regards said miniatures before and their suitability as ‘uglies’ or thug types in a 15mm environment (though at the time I did not make any scale comparison shots to prove the point, duh).

My gut told me these were the same. After sending a couple of question to Black Gate regards scale Barry offered to send me a few early test casts to prove/illustrate the usefulness of these particular models with other 15mm miniatures on the market today. They have arrived, and I can happily say that I WAS RIGHT! (That feels quite good).

As a small return for a few free minis, I thought I’d post a few comparative scale shots with other manufactures in the market so that you lot can see for yourself.

First off, the casts sent to me, by themselves, tacked to washers that I normally use on 15s so that their height is adjusted accordingly when next to others.

Black Gate 10mm Ogres 15mm scale comparison
Black Gate 10mm Ogres 15mm scale comparison – the Bare Naked 10mm Ogres

Secondly, next to a GW Warmaster ogre and troll for the 10mm gallery so you can see how they tie in with those miniatures. Continue reading Scale Comparison: 10mm Ogres from Black Gate as 15mm Brutes

All the King’s Horses: 15mm Cavalry, Fantasy and Semi-Historical

Enough of terrain and back to good old miniature painting! As I mentioned in an earlier post these Dark Elf Cavalry (Dar’Kalon Heavy Cavalry)  were taking me an age to finish off. But I did and here they are.

15mm Demonworld Dark Elf Cavalry Dar’Kalon Heavy Cavalry Continue reading All the King’s Horses: 15mm Cavalry, Fantasy and Semi-Historical

Talisman: In 15mm!

As the 15mm fantasy collection grows it occurred to me, for no other good reason than it would be fun, that I could proxy in some 15mm versions of the classic Talisman board game characters. I was about to paint a set of the originals so figured I’d be using the same colour palettes… Continue reading Talisman: In 15mm!

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

Another host of 15mm Dwarves from various manufacturers

There is no particular reason that I can put my finger on. Dwarves are pretty cool but deep down I can’t say I’m a massive fan. But I always seem to shuffle them to the top of my painting queue. Whilst Dark elves are uber cool and Centaurs are cooler still. Dwarves? Not cool in the same way. Maybe it’s the combination of ‘some cool’ with ‘quaint’. Maybe that homeliness that makes you think that they’d be fun to sit down with and share a drink. Just avoid the short-arse jokes.

15mm Dwarves- Adventurers and warriors - mixed Essex, TTG, Demonworld 15mm Dwarves- Adventurers and warriors - mixed Essex, TTG, Demonworld 15mm Dwarves- Adventurers and warriors - mixed Essex, TTG, Demonworld 15mm Dwarves- Adventurers and warriors - mixed Essex, TTG, Demonworld 15mm dwarves