I've posted some bits and bobs over the last few weeks of some of the games I have found inspiring over the years but here's a few really original miniatures ranges that I am sorely tempted to explore:
Relics as a game has been around for a few years now but it was only recently that I happened across some of their range on Facebook and I must say they look amazing!
Taking a quick peek at the current factions, there's some fantastic looking stuff available, with several more factions being developed:
First up there's the Nuem, which look like bionic Dwarves or Gnomes and have a selection of cracking looking sculpts ranging from near naked fanatics with missing limbs to ball like automatons and big, chunky fellows like this chap:
Next, there's the Orcnir, a savage cross between Orcs and Trolls with odd, rocklike protuberances and a really savage looking range of miniatures to match!
The Vaettir are creepy looking faerie like race that look more Grimms Fairy Tales than the Disney sort and also have access to elemental beings of all sorts.
Lastly, there's the Britanan Empire, a patchwork bunch of voodoo like dolls which combine creepy and cute with a rather pleasingly period British army vibe:
That's not all though!
War of Ashes and Shieldbash are a really lovely range of miniatures available from Zombiesmith (producers of the well known Quar range)
Its another range of figures I have found over the course of the last couple of months and I must admit I do like what I see:
The Jaari look like the beasties from the movie Critters but crossed with an Imperial Roman legion.
The True Antronians
How about the True Antronians, a cross between muppet and Amazon!
The Elvodrix look like a super cute combination of Chewbacca, Cousin It and a viking!
How about some Muppets with maces?
How about an anthropomorphic tortoise without a shell?
I don't know what it is about the range but I do love the sheer quirkiness of the lot of them, there's so much charm to the range that it is really difficult to resist!
But there's more!
The World of Twilight is another rather well established range of miniatures with its own set of rules that has been around for a while but seems to have avoided my notice till recently!
Just look at the character that the miniatures have! Theres a bit of a Dark Crystal sort of vibe to the range that I really love! I am not sure to the background but looking at the figures, I am interested in finding out more!
Each of the ranges I have highlighted have their own rules but I don't know which, if any, I would go for as all three ranges are just too interesting to ignore!
Maybe it's time I explored some of them and picked up one or two interesting bits and bobs from each and gave them a shot at painting as well as writing a bit of a review on what I find.
I can imagine combining all three ranges and creating some unusual scenery to create a really original world!
I shall have to see what I can come up with but this post has really whetted my appetite for some non human or traditional fantasy fare! Are there any other ranges out there thats a bit unusual that folks have found? If so give me a shout as I'd love to see some other interesting bits and bobs!
All the best!