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  • #93200
    General Slade
    General Slade
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    Does anyone know where I might get some insect and arachnid models that would be suitable for use as giant creatures alongside 15mm figures?  Basically what I am looking for are models that aren’t much more than 1.5cm long.  I’ve looked in online toy stores at ‘bags of bugs’ and the like but the are all way too big  for what I have in mind.

    #93201
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Irregular Miniatures or Alternative Armies?

    Will dig out some specific suggestions later.

    #93205
    General Slade
    General Slade
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    Thanks for the suggestion Mike.  I checked out the two websites and I couldn’t find anything on Irregular but there are some critters in the Alternative Armies ‘Star Vikings’ range that sort of fit the bill.  They are a bit ‘alien’ looking for my taste but I might get some if I can’t find anything more suitable.

    #93206
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Cool, I have a notion that AArmies do swarms?
    I may well have made it up…

    I can stick some of my old 6mm Flak Worms in your order if you like?
    I am as it happens, painting some up as desert worms at the moment.

    #93207
    General Slade
    General Slade
    Participant

    Thanks Mike,

    But I will pass on the worms.  I was really hoping to find some insects rather than alien bugs (for some reason things that look like science fiction worms give me the heebie-jeebies.  I guess maybe that’s the idea?).

    #93208
    Mike Headden
    Mike Headden
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    Khurasan do some giant Radi-ants

    They also do Parasachnids – sci-fi bug types.

    Or Vespulids -armed giant wasps!

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #93209
    Mike Headden
    Mike Headden
    Participant

    For some reason the picture links in my previous post aren’t showing (at least not for me) – sorry.

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #93210
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    I recently moved TWW from http to https, as such in order to preserve the secure site status it will not show any content that is not secure.
    Khurasan is not a secure site so they won’t show up.
    That is the short version…

    #93212
    General Slade
    General Slade
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    Thanks Mike,

    I will check them out.  I’m in the UK though and postage from the US tends to make things too expensive to be worthwhile.  You need to put in a big order to justify the postage and if you do that you get hit with exorbitant import taxes at this end. It’s basically a lose/lose situation.

    #93214
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Just found this at Ral Partha, could be more?

    SPIDER

    #93216
    Northern Monkey
    Northern Monkey
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    #93223
    General Slade
    General Slade
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    Thanks guys,

    I’ll check Ral Partha out too and see what I can find. (I think there’s definitely a gap in the market here though Mike if you are looking for ideas for the next Crom Funder).

    #93227

    Etranger
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    Rebel Miniatures http://www.rebelminis.com/scbuandcr.html or Splintered Light http://www.splinteredlightminis.com/index.html (mostly animals rather than bugs) . Both US based though.

    CP Models? https://cpmodels.co.uk (Try the 15mm sci-fi)

    I’m a bit surprised that you couldn’t find much in Alternative Armies. https://www.alternative-armies.com/collections/sengoku-15mm-japanese-fantasy?page=3 has spiders etc.

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    #93233
    General Slade
    General Slade
    Participant

    Thanks Etranger,

    The problem with the Alternative Armies spiders is that they aren’t really spiders but some sort of hybrid creature.  They come as a spider body and you have to add a separate head, of a bull or snake or whatever.

    What I was really hoping for was some small, reasonably anatomically correct, spiders, ants and dragonflies.  I’m sure when I was a kid you used to be able to buy stuff like that from the Natural History Museum or Science Museum or even joke shops but all the toys I have been able to find are way too big and the fantasy wargaming stuff tends to look very ‘cartoony’ and be pretty badly sculpted.

    #93254

    Etranger
    Participant

    I’ve got hordes of the Khurasan ants, not the giant, irradiated ones. They’re great. Shame about the shipping costs.

    #93259
    General Slade
    General Slade
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    I might bite the bullet and order something from Khurasan.  I’ve been wanting to order their 15mm Fantasy Adventurers pack for ages because they really are excellent figures.

    #93271
    General Slade
    General Slade
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    I think I might have found what I am looking for on the Perfect Six website.  They do some spiders and rats for their 6mm dungeon adventure that look the part.  Unfortunately they are out of stock at the moment . . .

    https://www.perfectsixscenics.co.uk/6mm-skirmish-miniatures.html

    #93277
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    I will give him a poke…

    #93278
    General Slade
    General Slade
    Participant

    It’s good to have friends in high places!

    #93279
    Perfect Six Scenics
    Perfect Six Scenics
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    Hi

    I totally forgot about those littke critters !! Need to make a new production mould will get onto it.give me a week and will sort it.

    Home to quality 6mm fantasy miniatures wargaming accessories :

    http://perfectsixscenics.co.uk
    #93280
    General Slade
    General Slade
    Participant

    Brilliant.  Thanks guys.

    #93282
    Mike Headden
    Mike Headden
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    I have the rats and spiders – for use with my 6mm historical and fantasy stuff. They are nice but very tiny, approx 4- 5mm long in the body in each case..

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #93283
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    I guess that would be good, as that would make them between 2 and 3 feet long in 15mm terms?

    #93289
    General Slade
    General Slade
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    Yes, that will work for me. A 5mm spider is still pretty huge next to a 15mm figure.

    #93290
    Northern Monkey
    Northern Monkey
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    This pic might help you with scale, these are Richards (perfect6’s) rats n spiders alongside a 15mm GZG & 15mm Ral Partha mini, the rats n spiders are on a 5p  and the 15mm minis on 1p’s:

     

     

     

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    #93293
    General Slade
    General Slade
    Participant

    Cheers for the picture.  They are ideal for what I’m looking for.  I might need to get one of those Ral Partha figures as well.  I like your painting and basing. It looks great.

    #93295
    Northern Monkey
    Northern Monkey
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    Thanks General, I had a good look around before I started my 15mm fantasy project and came to the conclusion that the Ral Partha demonworld range is about the best stuff available here in the UK. Copplestones stuff is nice too but he only has a very limited range, I also have some 15mm Battle Honor and some of Magister Militums 15mm fantasy neither of which are quite as good as the other two in my opinion, but offer some variety(although the battle honor range is much larger than the other 3 mentioned)

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    #93296
    General Slade
    General Slade
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    I’m doing a Hyboria-style affair and for the rank and file I mainly use Minifigs historicals – everything from ancients to Aztecs and Wild West Indians.  I like the Copplestone figures but as you say the range is very limited. I also love the Crom’s Anvil range that Mike has created (which I am hoping will continue to grow).  I think Magister Militum’s skeletons are very good but I am not so keen on the rest of the range.  The thing I find hardest to come by are suitable monsters.  I really don’t like the look of most of the ones I have seen.  They always seem to look weirdly exaggerated.  Even the Copplestone wolves look like they were based on a Disney cartoon rather than on actual wolves.

    #93298
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
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    Feel free to ping me ideas/suggestions for Crom Funder ideas:

    LINK

    #93309
    Northern Monkey
    Northern Monkey
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    I’m a fan of the Ral Partha skellies myself: https://ablogofwar.blogspot.com/2017/10/15mm-fantasyi-undead.html

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    #93314
    General Slade
    General Slade
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    They do look good.  I particularly like the cultists.  Nice brushwork again.

    #93321

    Gaz045
    Participant

    I got these bugs, they fit your 15mm size requirement and cheap too

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50pcs-Small-Black-Plastic-Fake-Spider-Toys-Halloween-Funny-Joke-Prank-Props-Pop/112568005914?epid=2251051449&hash=item1a3593751a:g:d-4AAOSwzz1ZmtFM

     

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    #93324
    General Slade
    General Slade
    Participant

    Thanks Gaz. 99p and free postage.  That’s a price I like.  It looks like my players are going to be encountering a lot of spiders in the near future.

    #93540
    Perfect Six Scenics
    Perfect Six Scenics
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    Spiders and rats back in stock, sirry for the delay

    Home to quality 6mm fantasy miniatures wargaming accessories :

    http://perfectsixscenics.co.uk
    #93557
    General Slade
    General Slade
    Participant

    Thank you.  I have put in an order.

    #93570

    cmnash
    Participant

    Although you didn’t mention them, I thought I’d point you at Alternative Armies’ scorpion scourge:

    https://www.alternative-armies.com/products/vnt40-scorpion-scourge-10-small-creatures

    I got them recently and they look quite effective with 15mms

    #93571
    General Slade
    General Slade
    Participant

    Thanks cmnash, I don’t know how I missed those.  I thought I’d looked through all the Alternative Armies ranges but I didn’t notice those scorpions.  They are just the ticket.

    #93572
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Ah-ha, I was sure I had seen then before, but I also could not find them on the site either…

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