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PostSubject: A cry for help...   Wed 6 Jun 2012 - 13:22

Hey all,

(Firstly, I apologise if this topic is in the wrong place)

I am beginning to notice various models throughout the forum that are *gasp* not GW products!
This has peaked my interest and i've started to look at other miniatures companies.
My problem is that I have no idea on the quality/ease of assembly/value of these other companies.

I'd assume that there are plenty of people who frequent the forum who have at least encountered some decent miniature companies.

These are the ones that have caught my interest so far:

Anima - (http://www.arcaneminiatures.co.uk/anima-tactics-miniatures.asp)
Avatars of War - (http://www.avatars-of-war.com)
Carnevale - (http://www.arcaneminiatures.co.uk/carnevale-miniatures-game.asp)
Discworld - (http://www.arcaneminiatures.co.uk/discworld-miniatures.asp)
Enigma - (http://www.enigmaminiatures.com/)
Freebooter - (http://www.freebooterminiatures.de/en)
Hell Dorado - (http://www.arcaneminiatures.co.uk/hell-dorado.asp)
Malifaux - (http://www.arcaneminiatures.co.uk/malifaux-miniatures.asp)
Scibor - (http://sciborminiatures.com/)
Otherworld - (http://otherworldminiatures.co.uk)

Most of them are 28-32mm, is 32mm too big for games of Mordheim (ie alongside GW stuff)?
I really have no idea where to begin so any feedback/reviews on the list above (or any other company) would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers guys.
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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Wed 6 Jun 2012 - 14:04

Likes & dislikes as to mini-makers is pretty much a personal thing...name your own poison. As to compatibility, check out the Scale-O-Matic Thread on L.A.F.:

http://www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?topic=10500.0

Just browse through until you find the manufacturer of your choice. What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Wed 6 Jun 2012 - 14:08

RobinTrevize wrote:
These are the ones that have caught my interest so far:

Anima - (http://www.arcaneminiatures.co.uk/anima-tactics-miniatures.asp)
Avatars of War - (http://www.avatars-of-war.com)
Carnevale - (http://www.arcaneminiatures.co.uk/carnevale-miniatures-game.asp)
Discworld - (http://www.arcaneminiatures.co.uk/discworld-miniatures.asp)
Enigma - (http://www.enigmaminiatures.com/)
Freebooter - (http://www.freebooterminiatures.de/en)
Hell Dorado - (http://www.arcaneminiatures.co.uk/hell-dorado.asp)
Malifaux - (http://www.arcaneminiatures.co.uk/malifaux-miniatures.asp)
Scibor - (http://sciborminiatures.com/)
Otherworld - (http://otherworldminiatures.co.uk)

Most of them are 28-32mm, is 32mm too big for games of Mordheim (ie alongside GW stuff)?
I really have no idea where to begin so any feedback/reviews on the list above (or any other company) would be greatly appreciated.
The following should fit well with GW stuff: Avatars of War, Freebooter, Scibor
These are sometimes a little bigger, but work well most of the time: Hell Dorado, Malifaux
The others I have no experience with, but I would like to recommend Reaper miniatures, well stocked with lots of reasonably priced diverse minis that fit well with GW-stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Wed 6 Jun 2012 - 14:10

The Tercio Creativo, it's a young company from Spain and his miniatures are awesome (and like I'm spanish i do publicity of them Very Happy )

http://terciocreativo.blogspot.com.es/

some of their minis:


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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Wed 6 Jun 2012 - 14:51

Smile Awesome

Deafnala said:
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Likes & dislikes as to mini-makers is pretty much a personal thing...name your own poison
As I understand it, you've been putting models together and painting them for some time now Wink
What would you go for? And any particular reasons why?

folketsfiende said:
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I would like to recommend Reaper miniatures
Just checking out their website now. Already seeing some things that look sweet. Cheers for giving me an idea on sizes.

mazah said:
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it's a young company from Spain and his miniatures are awesome
They certainly are! Do you have any of them and what are they like to build and paint?
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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Wed 6 Jun 2012 - 15:55

Avatars of War (AoW) are actually much bigger than GW figures (at least all the dwarves are).

I like Privateer press (PP), thier ranges (Warmachine, Hordea, Iron Kingdoms) are primarily 30-32mm so generally too big for mixing with GW figures though (hence why most of my GW conversions have been made taller to fit with the PP models I will be using). Plenty of nice monsters that really don't conform to scale though.

Red box games (RBG) are utterly brilliant figures with class, top notch sculpting... but they are true 28mm, and therefore too small to mix with GW figures.

Reaper miniatures (Reaper) are scaled all over the place, so you really need to find a comparison shot or ask someone before buying a particular mini, their range is also hit and miss, but most of the "Warlord" line is pretty great. I particularily like thier "Reptus" (lizardmen)... but not the snake part of that faction....
Thier dwarves are horendously varied from tiny to massive, and generally pretty "soft" on the sculpting, though there are plenty of REALLY nice dwarves in thier range.

The "Alkemy" range of figures has some lovely sculpts in it too.

The Nemesis range has some great sculpts if you want to run a peter pan warband or thier religious one is pretty good, the others are..... ok...


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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Wed 6 Jun 2012 - 16:00

mazah wrote:
The Tercio Creativo, it's a young company from Spain and his miniatures are awesome (and like I'm spanish i do publicity of them Very Happy )

http://terciocreativo.blogspot.com.es/

Wow! Those are very good, especially for pirate themes. Thanks for the heads up!

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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Wed 6 Jun 2012 - 16:03

JoaoS wrote:
mazah wrote:
The Tercio Creativo, it's a young company from Spain and his miniatures are awesome (and like I'm spanish i do publicity of them Very Happy )

http://terciocreativo.blogspot.com.es/

Wow! Those are very good, especially for pirate themes. Thanks for the heads up!

Joao

If you are after pirates don't forget Ron and bones from Tale of war (though I think again these are 30-32mm, so they'd fit great with PP Press gangers or Sea dogs)

Tale of war

Privateer Press



But they are both way too rich for my blood.
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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Wed 6 Jun 2012 - 16:16

Absolutely! I have some PP Pirates but also the amazing Black Scorpion crews (they have tons of them):

http://www.blackscorpionminiatures.com/index.php?cPath=27&osCsid=dq0t4nk62bmj1dtaj2f3qej7e6

http://www.blackscorpionminiatures.com/index.php?cPath=25&osCsid=dq0t4nk62bmj1dtaj2f3qej7e6

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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Wed 6 Jun 2012 - 19:04

Hmmm...

There are a lot more of these places than I first thought. (I know I know, I'm a noob Razz)

Good thing i've got a free morning tomorrow for web surfing. Smile

Cheers for all the size comparisons guys, that's my biggest concern.
My second biggest concern is faces. I've seen a lot of models with weird faces. I know that might sound strange but it does worry me a little.

I don't want a warband that look like they've been stood on. :s
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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Thu 7 Jun 2012 - 2:29

mazah wrote:
The Tercio Creativo, it's a young company from Spain and his miniatures are awesome (and like I'm spanish i do publicity of them Very Happy )

http://terciocreativo.blogspot.com.es/


These are really well done, nice to find a new company every now and then ^^ Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Thu 7 Jun 2012 - 2:54

JoaoS wrote:
mazah wrote:
The Tercio Creativo, it's a young company from Spain and his miniatures are awesome (and like I'm spanish i do publicity of them Very Happy )

http://terciocreativo.blogspot.com.es/

Wow! Those are very good, especially for pirate themes. Thanks for the heads up!

Joao
Agreed!

I need this!!



Anyone know what it's cast in? I assume resin but you never know....


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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Thu 7 Jun 2012 - 3:05

As i generally prefer plastic mini's for Mordheim (and in general) do to the easy conversion and kit-bashing opportunities I've been "test buying" various boxes to have a look at alternate plastic sets.

I've been very happy with Perry. The Medieval infantry (mercenaries/War of the Roses) boxes along with their loose sprues rocks my bitz-box to a new level Very Happy

I'm awaiting plastic boxes from Warlord and Wargames factory as well as the plastic Dwarfs from Avatars of warlater today (Yay!)

I found a good way to browse miniatures is visiting Wayland or similar sites and look around.

I also have a collection of links on my Blog to sites I've used and like Smile

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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Thu 7 Jun 2012 - 6:34

Black Scorpion has some new releases in their Pirate range plus some others. Here's their blurp on T.M.P.:

http://theminiaturespage.com/news/?id=1324177820

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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Thu 7 Jun 2012 - 7:24

DeafNala wrote:
Black Scorpion has some new releases in their Pirate range plus some others. Here's their blurp on T.M.P.:

http://theminiaturespage.com/news/?id=1324177820

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Oh man, the range "Pirate Girls" models gives me ideas for a new warband...damn you DeafNala! xD
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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Thu 7 Jun 2012 - 7:58

You're welcome, T.E.W.; you can blame it all on me...excuses are wonderful things. What a Face
As long as I'm leading you astray, check out Bronze Age's Pirate Babes:

http://www.bronzeagemin.com/miniatures_html/32MM/historical/Pirates/28mm-Pirates.htm

I have them slightly converted & painted about half way down this page:

http://boringmordheimforum.forumieren.com/t5747-deafnala-s-gallery-of-rogues-scoundrels-miscreant

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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Thu 7 Jun 2012 - 9:16

Agree with Sronzo about plastics, but that does limit my selections. The Avatars of War are a great alternative to GW, and though their products are still limited, they are a growing company. I'm looking forward to other plastic kits from them in the future.
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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Thu 7 Jun 2012 - 11:22

Sorry to be a party pooper, RobinTrevize, but I noticed that you put some links to Arcane Miniatures.

I had a nasty experience with the guy from that online shop (ordered something that didn't arrive, sent him several emails with no reply and no money back). This was in early 2010; I've read that he is still treating clients like this in 2012.

So I would not advise anyone to shop from him.

These days I do business with Maelstrom Games and Wayland Games and they are super reliable and friendly.

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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Fri 8 Jun 2012 - 2:28

Spectre76 wrote:
Agree with Sronzo about plastics, but that does limit my selections. The Avatars of War are a great alternative to GW, and though their products are still limited, they are a growing company. I'm looking forward to other plastic kits from them in the future.

sorry to burst your bubble but this is unlikely to happen, they have an indigogo project right now to raise funds to do an entire dwarf army, but they are doing it in "warcast" (plastic resin) not plastic. Reason being is that it's about 20% of the cost (50k per plastic kit).

I woulde't be supprised if they do more plastics in future, but I think they expected the beserkers to sell better than they have done...
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PostSubject: Re: A cry for help...   Fri 8 Jun 2012 - 2:40

DeafNala wrote:
You're welcome, T.E.W.; you can blame it all on me...excuses are wonderful things. What a Face
As long as I'm leading you astray, check out Bronze Age's Pirate Babes:

http://www.bronzeagemin.com/miniatures_html/32MM/historical/Pirates/28mm-Pirates.htm

I have them slightly converted & painted about half way down this page:

http://boringmordheimforum.forumieren.com/t5747-deafnala-s-gallery-of-rogues-scoundrels-miscreant

pirat

Hmmm, some nice models...but damn it I must resist! The next warband has already been planned...so I just need to find some choice Norse babes before I can start pirates xD
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