A few months ago I was sent a couple of boxes of Gripping Beast dark age warriors for review. I painted one box rather quickly as my reintroduction into miniature painting and I won’t scare you with an more pictures of the results. Initial thoughts can be found here.
However the 2nd box I decided I was going to use for conversion as I thought one the main benefits of the figures was there simplicity and thus the adaptability.
However figure conversion and painting takes a while especially when you have a skill set like mine. So after a few months relearning how to paint , glue and photograph a miniature I think I have something to share.
This post is hopefully the first in a series posts about using currently available 28mm ancient miniatures for Gloranthan Games( Runequest, Heroquest, 13th Age, etc ).
I’ve been wanting to look at using plastic historical figures from the ancient period in Glorantha, for a number of reasons;
Ancient era figures reflect Gloranthan humans to a much higher degree of accuracy than most fantasy ranges available
Costs are brilliant at about 50p a miniature, that’s much better value than anything available for fantasy figures at the moment in plastic or metal.
Plastics are much more ‘mod-able’ than metal figures, so conversion jobs should be relatively easy.
There are a fair selection of ancient figures in 28mm plastics available at the moment, and most have parts that can be swapped between sets without too many difficulties. this should allow for conversions and bespoke figures.
However here are a potential few drawbacks which I have to acknowledge;
Some ancient cultures are just too distinctive and don’t have Gloranthan equivalents ( eg Romans)
As we are not war gamers we don’t need units of 40 of 1 type of figure, so variation and flexibility within a box is essential.
The realistic nature of gender balance in sets of historical miniatures doesn’t reflect the more revisionist/modern gender balance found in most fantasy systems and Glorantha ( ie it is no good for female charterer models ).
But I believe careful product selection can mean we deal with the first two , but the third can only be worked round, but that doesn’t mean the historical route a bad option for male figures.