Magnetic Mutli-basing for Individually Based Miniatures on Variable Sized Bases!

I remain stumped with how best to approach multi-basing 15mm for Hordes of the Things (HotT) and DBA whilst still retaining individually based miniatures. A future, and no doubt longer and inconclusive, post will follow at some point on that specific subject.

However, not all game systems are quite so tight on the basing criteria. A recent foray in to Of Gods and Mortals (OGAM) by Ganesha Games is pretty flexible on both size and shape of unit bases. So a few experiments based on magnetic bases with regards to HotT led me to try something similar.

The brief:

  • Flexible for various base sizes (infantry on washers, pennies and steel-paper based squares, cavalry on steel-paper based rectangles and tuppences or washers – i.e. all with magnetic properties).
  • Flexible enough that casualty removal is an option and unit sizes can vary yet still ‘look’ okay.
  • Strong enough magnetically that miniatures can be transported on the unit bases (which is also based with steel-paper for transporting in file boxes lined with magnetic sheets).

In the end I made two sizes. The one pictured is the larger and can accommodate around 8 cavalry or 12 or so infantry. The smaller is about half the size. Note – these are for “Open Order” troops in OGAM. I have the rectangular 60mm x 40mm (and other depths) for “Close Order” units (see Future Post regards HotT/DBA basing…).

What do you think?

I also think it’ll be good for the likes of Dragon Rampant and SAGA in 15mm.

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Fantastic Plastic: A Medley of Repaints

As regular visitors to this blog will know I’m not much of a miniatures ‘snob’ and will happily try using ‘cheaper’ alternatives if for no other reason to see if they can be as good as their lead or resin counterparts when it comes to miniatures.

Here is a small selection of recent experiments along those lines. Take from my humble exploits what you will, good or bad. Here is a link to similar posts in the past. Fantastic Plastic.

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Barbarians and Empire: 15mm Demonworld reinforcements arrive

I remain a big fan of the Demonworld 15/18mm range of fantasy miniatures (and still have a few kilos to paint up) available from Ral Partha Europe. Since they started selling individual models I have been plugging a few gaps in my collection. In the future I’ll be supporting my gaming friend Sam at 15mm Skirmish Supplies who shares my passion for a) Demonworld b) 15mm scale c) skirmish level games in 15mm where duplicates are not desired. He has launched a store selling skirmish packs from a range of manufacturers including Demonworld. Kudos.

Below is a mix of barbarian and Empire types I finished not too long ago. In both cases these are reinforcements for existing warbands already profiled somewhere else on this blog.

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Mini Update: Psycadelic Orc from Wargames Foundry

A visit to Nottingham back in 2016 involved a trip to both Games Workshop and Wargames Foundry. Due to my lack of investment in the current GW offerings (LotR aside) it was Foundry that got my money.

I picked up a few bits and bobs including this guy, part of what was a new range for them – Warmonger. This is one of the Ogre/Great Orc Character models – General Snartharang. Really big and really detailed. So when I was looking for a more challenging mini to paint I opted for him. I may have gone OTT on the colours but hey, orcs are allowed to enjoy fashion too!

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Forget lead piles, it’s the plastic ones that are taking over: Conan the Board Game

I’ve enjoyed painting up quite a host of the ‘plastic playing pieces’ that I got with Zombicide Black Plague (see related posts). As I’ve mentioned on various posts the quality of the miniatures included with this type of board game has come on in leaps and bounds in the recent past and Conan the Board Game is no exception.

The KS pledge turned up last year but I’ve been a bit slower in tackling the miniatures (still working on the ZBP stuff too). But I thought I should at least paint up the main characters from the core box below. Far less cartoony than the ZBP counterparts, they will easily do double-duty in other Fantasy systems/settings.

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High Flying Dwarfs: 15mm Squadron from Demonworld

Sticking with the 15mm Dwarf theme, here are a few flyers from Ral Partha Europe who produce the rather excellent 15mm Demonworld range which, as any reader here will know, I am a massive fan of.

The gyro-copter is NOT a Demonworld mini and one that I’ve had for decades (as are the Demonworld models, I just never got around to painting them till recently). The copter is a 10mm figure from Pendraken but very much on the large size and scales very well with 15mm (indeed, the bulk of the rank and file for one of my dwarf armies are all Pendraken – not featured on this blog as they pre-date stuff here by about 20 years!).

I invested in these flyers back when I thought I might try Warhammer Fantasy/KoW/Warmaster in 15mm but never did (yet). Probably too specialist for a skirmish orientated game but I felt the need to paint them anyways.

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