I’ve always been a fan of 2000AD. Judge Dredd in particular. But a close second is Slaine, the celtic barbarian hero (link for those not familiar with him).
I mentioned a while back I’d jumped on the 28mm bandwagon and taken advantage of a couple of deals on the run up to Christmas to satisfy my thirst. What better than some 2000AD inspired lead including of course Slaine himself.
I apologise in advance for posting pictures of ‘unpainted’ miniatures but the point of this post is not the painting of miniatures but the scale. I own hundreds if not thousands of 28mm miniatures so know what to expect. But I wasn’t quite ready for Wargames Foundry.
Pictures speak louder than words so, first up Volk the Bastard from Hasslefree Miniatures – as you can see from the photo the spitting image of our hero Slaine. As far as miniatures are concerned quite brilliant. Great pose, sculpting and casting. Scale-wise, just what I would have expected Slaine to be like. Delighted.
Next up, three official iterations of Slaine from Wargames Foundry.
This first one is, in my opinion, the nicest. None are as clean/good as Hasslefree’s Slaine/Volk but still really good. What surprised me though was the size – particularly this first model.
Here is a comparison shot, but even that does not clearly show how big the Foundry mini is compared to the Hasslefree. With his cloak flowing out behind him there is so much lead in there that he weighs a tonne. If you threw him and hit someone on the head with him you could take them out. I’m not exaggerating.
Now for massive! Slaine in beserker rage/spasm. This guy is both heavy and really really big even next to his 28mm variants. I’ve included a 15mm Demonworld mini who could be a 15mm Slaine for comparison.
I was so surprised on unpacking how big some of them were that I took these shots to illustrate and share. On reading back this post it might sound like I’m coming down on Foundry’s minis. I’m not. Never have been a scale-cop. I think they are great, especially the two oversized ones I’ve focussed on here. I look forward to painting them. Maybe just a little bit less than Volk.
Group shot to finish off…