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.
I started painting this guy years ago. Stopped. Scratched my head about getting good blending on the wings. Shelved it. Came back to it and tried again. Not working. Then sometime back I went on a days airbrush course and took him with me and played around with that method.
I think the end results are okay. Very heavy on the contrasts and a lot more practice is needed. But he’s done. In a state that he is allowed on a table or display. Just took a long time. Now I just need to find the rider…
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.
Frostgrave from Osprey seems to be the flavour of the month and attracting quite a lot of attention (noticed it even got it’s own board on LAF – I wonder how that works…). After listening to the chaps on Fools Daily ranting about it I finally caved in and ordered a copy – only £10 off Amazon for a pretty hardback you can’t really say no. Should arrive early next week. Continue reading Frostgrave anyone? In 15mm of course!→
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.
Miniature figure collector and painter (in that order) and solo wargamer whose opponent has lost his gaming mojo
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