Note; This review has be concluded by building one sprue, and extrapolating results from there. Also the review will be slanted to using these figures for Runequest and Glorantha RPG’s and war games.
I just really love these figures and they have exceeded expectation in most departments. The design and build quality on them is outstanding. They have a great range of parts and some really neat design features.
They complement my other plastic miniatures perfectly in terms of build and introducing new, interesting and different components for my collection of parts.
What you get:
In each box you get 5 sprues, each with.
6 Irish warriors 2, with leather jerkins, 4 not armoured. 2 with trousers, 4 with skirts.
6 large shields
9 small shields
3 decorative shields( 3 variants)
6 arms with spears
3 arms with swords
2 with shelleighs
4 more arms ( rock, sling, pointing & horn )
Rams head standard
3 Assorted scabbards
2 Irish Wolf hounds
So in total that 10 Dogs, 30 Bodies, 90 shields, 50 heads, 10 cloaks, 75 right arms and more stuff as well. Excellent value.
What I love about the box
The quality of the sculpts and figures are excellent
The miniature designs are interesting and dynamic
A shoulder join and full arm rather than an elbow join on the right arm means we have more variations of figures and better options for conversions imho.
The sheer number of options is great for bits box, and as the designs are very different they add variation to parts I have available.
The heads, I was worried about the heads when looked at photos of the sprue but in real life they are awesome on the figures, also very different to standard Victrix/Gripping beast fair, again adding great parts for future conversions
Wolfhounds – What’s not to love about 10 plastic wolfhounds? I’ve been looking for dogs for my Balazarings for ages, but haven’t been willing to pay metal prices for an add on, a perfect solution.
Loads of shields all varied, nicely designed, even the Viking round shields are a nicer large size to make them non standard.
One beautifully designed round shield is a piece that would grace an hero figure.
I always get unnaturally excited about cloaks for mini’s, but one of the two design strikes me as the best I have seen yet on plastic miniatures.
Great design feature that means the arms for clothed figures have a different attachment to those designed for naked torsos, so it much harder to attach the wrong arms to the wrong mini ( not that I would ever be that stupid. )
These miniatures can be readily modified by exchanging parts with Victrix, Gripping Beast and Fireforge miniatures.
What frustrates me
Left arms as part of the body and thus locked in place means we have much more limited variations of figures that can be made. Thus from a full box of 5 spues, as a RPG player this worries me on how I can use all 30 effectively. However not a worry if you are a war gamer
Delivery time on my full box , minis ordered online May 6th and still haven’t arrived on May 27th. ( review was written from working with one sprue purchased from ebay). Hopefully things will get better after initial surge post launch and after Covid stops messing with delivery.
Using them for Glorantha and Runequest
However envisioning these in Glorantha we have a few uses for these guys;
The wolfhound are immediately useful for use with Balazarings and I feel the two figures with trousers also can be painted up to look right for that culture. I’m unsure on the skirted figures, but will try one or two painted to make it look leather not cloth.
All of the figures will work very well for Orlanthi Fyrdmen and skirmishes but the lack of heavy armour suggest they would not make great figures for Orlanthi warriors.
However with a relevant paint job these guys could look like bronze age street hoodlums from the wrong end of any town, or informal skirmishes and peasant militia from most areas of Glorantha.
Useful versatile figures but I already have many that fulfill these roles ( except the dogs ).
Bought By the spru 9 out of 10,
Bought By the box 8 out of 10
If you are using plastic miniatures for Runequest or any Glornathan RPG, buy at least a couple of sprues of these; good figures and the range of parts you get is well worth it.
If you want to put together an Orlanthi clan or warband, i’d recommend mixing a box of these with other figures ( Gripping Beast, Victrix & Fireforge ) to get a nice varied warband.
Note imagery is from Wargames Atlantic. I will add some shots of my less glorious attempts in a little while.
Orvost presents himself as the traditional Orlanthi Hero – strong, boisterous, boastful, amorous, and full of life. And he really likes a drink or three!
An initiate of Chalana Arroy, Orvost claims that he emphasises the Lightbringer aspect of the goddess, the quester who risked all to bring healing into the dark and dangerous places of the world. He is recent arrival from Sartar following the liberation of Pavis, he regularly joins and assists the various expeditions into the Big Rubble.
On these expeditions he always wears a stylized version of the healer’s white robes over metal armor and carries a large shield. He has never worn or used an offensive weapon, but has a reputation for bravery to the point of foolhardiness. Often wadding into midst of combat to heal comrades and defending the fallen with his armored body. Many think this behavior unbecoming of a follower of Chalana Arroy.
Lunar Collaborator, Ex Noble, Now Beggar, Initiate of the Seven Mothers
Female, Age 23, Pavis
Busara is a thin and gaunt woman, with badly shaved head and large beautiful if sorrowful Brown eyes. She lives on the streets of Pavis. Her dirty but previously quality clothes suggesting a previous life of wealth and opulence.
If you would have met Busara a year ago, you would have a bright, easygoing, pretty, vivacious young noble lady, hanging off the arm of young, attractive, rich and well connected Lunar Office.
Now people see a scared, bruised and battered homeless girl, with the shaved head of a Lunar collaborator. She is nervous, defensive, subdued and more than slightly bitter.
She was the niece of the leader of the Ingilli family, who had asked her to help him court favour with Lunar Power. As such she became good friend of Jessica Raus, A regular at Moonlighters and became the lover of a well connected young nobler serving as an officer in the Antelope Lancers.
OK this is a character which I initially wrote up for Pavis in 1621 last year, mainly using the STG rules. So I thought id update for RQG and bring up to the 1625 time period.
Senior Apprentice & Initiate of Lhankor Mhy
Human Female, Aged 20, Senior Apprentice of Lhankor Mhy
First impressions of Tulina depend upon where she is met. If about official temple business she comes over a diligent slightly stressed apprentice with many things to do and neither the time or the organisational ability to fulfil them all.
If met in the evening at Gimpy’s she looks like one of a small number of Griselda wannabes. With no sign of her grey robes or leather beard, she sports leather amour a short sword. Holding a cocky attitude, but a softer easier manner.
Harkar is one a number of NPC’s I am developing to fit in 1625 Pavis. He is one that fits well to be an hireling, companion, drop in or pregen character for an existing game.
Mercenary, Initiate of Yelmalio. Male, Age 48. Pavis
Born in Sun Town, New Pavis and served his 21 year term with the Sun Dome Templars with some distinction.
Harkar spent many years as file leader, fought at the first battle of Moonbroth and was one of the few Sundomers who fought his way onto the deck of the cradle and survived.
Harkar has left the farm he got for his service in Sun County and come back to Pavis to work as a mercenary. He claims he is a bad farmer but the real reason is he was left by his younger wife, and now feels shamed and his honour challenged. This has lead to a dislike and even hatred of women
Unlike most people who write about RPGs I would consider myself much more of player than a GM, and after nearly 40 years playing RPGs on and off I think I’m starting to get the hang of becoming a better player.
The majority of the following advice comes from me at my most reflective and self-critical, examining times when I could have been a better player, companion and friend. So if elements of this may make you feel a little uncomfortable, be assured than lots of this make me feel much more uncomfortable. The best advice comes from people who understand and can reflect on their own mistakes, plenty of mine can be found detailed below.
What makes a great RQ player?
Before we can progress we need to define what makes a great player.
Which, in my opinion, is someone who adds the maximum enjoyment to the gaming experience of everyone else at the table.
Within the RQ and Glorantha community, posts, forums and online discussions are often full of experts(many genuinely well informed and reasonably intentioned individuals) informing us that because it wasn’t like that in earths bronze age, Glorantha can’t be like that.
“2 handed swords didn’t exist in the bronze age”
“Stirrups were not invented till much later”
“The hilt on the sword wielded by the two-headed great troll didn’t exist until the late Roman period, so breaks my suspension of disbelief and Glorantha is forever ruined for me.”
OK, I may have exaggerated the last point.
I find the lengths that many would have us go to tie Glorantha directly with a period in our worlds bronze age history to be questionable, both in understanding the function of Glorantha and also as an exercise in believable fantasy world building.