Monday, March 21, 2016

All For One!

And one for all!

These are the first of a number of dwarf musketeers, which I received through a kickstarter last year. They are from Iron Mask Miniatures. The size and style fits in well with GW/Citadel dwarves and Foundry dwarves. They come with separate hands and some bodies come with separate heads, but they fit together very well. And both the heads and the hands (with the deep gloves) have plenty of surface area in contact with the neck area and the ends of the arms so there's a good bond. I think they will hold up well to handling. I did replace the thin blades of a couple of the swords with pieces of wire from paperclips with the end filed to a dull point, but otherwise no pinning was needed for the heads or hands. With a variety of heads and hands and bodies there are almost endless ways you can put them together. Lots of character, too, with options like hands holding items other than swords.

There are also some character figures and a number of musketeers mounted on shaggy ponies.

The kickstarter for this project was run by Gary Price, and you could tell it was a labor of love. And it was well-run. I will definitely keep an eye out for any future projects in this line.

These guys are the reason I was on the lookout for swashbuckling/3 Musketeers sorts of rules. I picked up Two Hour Wargames' By Savvy and Steel to try out (one of these days!), and also Flashing Steel by Ganesha Games. I haven't tried out either set of rules yet...

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Frogs in Spaaaaaace!

First up are some specialists, from left to right: rocket launcher, sergeant, communications, flame thrower, medic

Next, regular troops, with an officer in the middle

And last but not least, more regular troops and a shaman/psionic mage/priest (the blue guy in the middle with the pole thingamabob - the top part of the psionic device can come off and be replaced by a wooden plaque with a frog emblem which also came with the figures)

I got these Phroggs from RPE (Ral Partha Europe) through kickstarter. They are taller than your average 28mm human figure; around 8 feet tall or so in scale. At the time I backed the project I wasn't sure what I would use them for, but I thought they looked cool. Then recently I also backed a sci-fi game called Battlestations (2nd Ed.) and I wonder if I could work them into that. The sculpts are great, each one is different, with lots of character. Fun to paint!.