Wargamers really are spoilt for choice these days. It wasn’t that long ago that the only easily available fantasy figures in plastic were sold by Games Workshop. Now however there’s Mantic’s Kings of War line, North Star’s Frostgrave and Oathmark (that they make with Osprey), Fireforge Games’ Forgotten Worlds and Warlord Games’ Warlords of Erewhon (mostly reusing former Wargames Factory figures), Shieldwolf Miniatures and Wargames Atlantic.
I’ve been buying up boxes recently as I’ve been working on a warband skirmish game with a friend, and so far I’ve been really happy with what I’ve seen.
I’ve had some Oathmark Elves lying around for a while, but never actually gotten round to painting them. The details are well sculpted and thought out, these are definitely warriors and there’s a definite utility to everything they’re equipped with. It’s simple but effective design choices that tell you that these guys are elves despite the fact that there are almost no pointy ears on show. You get 30 figures for around £20 depending on where you buy from and there are enough parts for 30 swordsmen, spearmen or archers, there’s even command options too. I wish Games Workshop were that helpful with their kits.
Fireforge Games’ Living Dead Warriors are up next and these are probably some of my favourite undead figures I’ve ever worked on. It’s uncommon to see armoured zombies. They’re pretty big for 28mm figures and strangely dwarf Fireforge’s historical figures. They’d be quite a bit taller than the Oathmark figures if it weren’t for their integral bases and these guys going without. You only get hand weapons here, a mix of single and double handed options and command (I stole the bows from other plastic kits). You get 12 figures for roughly £16.
For something a bit different I bought the Frostgrave Demons. Like a lot of North Star’s figures there’s a lot of character, rather than Oathmark’s generic dark age look, these guys look evil, not just because of their horns, goat faces and fangs but their armour expresses it too. There’s a good mix of weaponry here but they lack command options and that’s simply because the Frostgrave kits are designed to fill out the rank and file of your warband in a skirmish game, heroes and characters are bought separately. You get 20 figures for around £20.
Finally something odd:
My Orcs here represent the big advantage of plastic kits, I wanted something to face off against my Elves, but wasn’t able to go out and buy something (it was Sunday) so I cobbled together Orcs from old Wargames Factory spare parts. The bodies are Vikings, the heads are Orcs, the weapons are a mix of the two and there’s a few gaps filled by Elf bits. They serve their purpose for now, but I am eyeing up some Shieldwolf miniatures Orcs.
There are some Oathmark Dwarves on the table and Medieval Russians filling in for Humans. I’ll report on them once they’re painted.