It’s a pleasure to review this figures which I can only describe as delightfully Gloranthan. The team who conceptualised, designed and created these miniatures have the same love and knowledge of Gloranthan than everyone else in the forum and it is clear to see.
I have never really done the kick-starter thing, so now regret only dipping my toe into the water with this wonderful kick-starter from Mad Knight miniatures, and only ordering the trollkin.
Having been back into figures or miniatures for RQ for the last few months, I have come to a few conclusions about what actually works in terms of putting a decent range of miniatures together for my game.
I started off jumping into historic miniatures and was attracted to plastic because of the price. However always held an opinion that a nice metal figure was a better option, and a more desired choice. I can still remember loving the weight of my first citadel miniature in 1983 and convincing myself this was more than toy soldier.
However head has started to overrule heart and I have come to conclusion where possible plastic figures are far superior in terms of what they offer than metal ones, and it is would be advisable to use them whenever possible.
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.