Friday, November 20, 2015

More pig faced orcs (now in 15mm!)

Last year, I posted that I had found some nice, and relatively inexpensive, true 25mm pig-faced orcs, and some shots of them pre- and post-painting.

Well, something I've been looking for for years are 15mm pig-faced orcs, to use in miniatures wargaming. Well, Splintered Light Miniatures has finally come to the rescue, with a bunch of truly beautiful casts in 15mm. These figures really capture the feel of the orcs as they were originally in AD&D, down to the weapons and shape of the shields. The detail is really good for 15mm, and the lines are pretty sharp. All in all, these are excellent figures. 

By the way, BRW Games will also be carrying these figures at conventions. Not just the pig-faced orcs, but kobolds, bugbears, and a bunch of other figures from Splintered Light. They might just fit in with a product we have upcoming...

Here are some of the orcs straight out of the bag, before I'd done any cleaning up, so these will give you an idea of the flash and mold sprues that were attached. Not bad at all, and I was able to clean it all off of a total of 24 figures in about ten minutes. Only one figure had a base that needed filing to stand straight, so all in all I'm really happy with the quality of the casts. This is the "Pig Faced Orc Warband", which retails for US$20.






And here they are after I've cleaned off the flash, in the box ready to be primed. I'll be using a simplified version of the paint scheme I used with the 25mm figures, although I'll be able to use both mustard and purple cloaks, since there are several figures that have them.



Tomorrow, a unit of miniatures to paint, the Jessica Jones series to watch, and my wife and daughter out for the day at a concert. My Saturday is set. More pics when I'm done painting and basing!

Coming soon: Airfix the wargame

When I was a kid, I had a ton of World War II model figures. Infantry, jeeps, tanks, mostly in 1:72 scale, and mostly from Airfix. This was before I had ever heard of wargaming or RPGs (before there were any RPGs, for the most part); I just liked to collect the figures, and (sometimes) paint them (not very well at all, me being about 7 years old).

So imagine my surprise when I see this come across my feed this morning:
Airfix is a fondly remembered part of every boy’s childhood and the company are famous for their line of injection-moulded plastic aircraft, tanks and soldiers.  The Airfix brand has been synonymous with model kits for years and now it’s back with a vengeance, with Airfix Battles bringing those adventures to life and its campaigns to a tabletop near you

Playable with all your existing Airfix figures and vehicles, Airfix Battles Introductory Set comes with everything you need to play exciting World War Two battles straight out of the box with the Introductory Set. 
This includes die cut cardboard counters for tanks, infantry and guns in case you don't have any figures to hand. Airfix Battles also lets you plan your army using the Force Deck. Draw the cards or select the ones you need to build an exciting army to challenge your friends.
You can sign up to be notified when the pre-order goes live. I'll definitely be in on this, if for no other reason than nostalgia. Although it's worth noting that you don't have to use figures to play the game, so at least I won't have to start haunting hobby model shops again.

(h/t Paint it Pink)