Saturday, October 2, 2021

Paulus Miniatures Paleolithic Hunter-gatherers

 A while ago I chanced upon the Facebook posts of Paulus Miniatures, a Portuguese company about to produce a range of Paleolithical hunter/gatherers.  

Colombian mammoth and hunter in 28mm

They are not primarily meant for wargaming but for education and produced in 54mm as well as 28mm scale. So far he has completed his paleolithical range and is now working on a range of 13th-14th century medieval European figures. I acquired a number of his 28mm figures and thought them impressive enough to s to point them out here for people collecting or playing games like Prehistoric Settlement or Paleo Diet

Child playing a flute at a burial site

Woman spearing a fish

Man warming himself on a fire

The figures are multipart resin castings of realistically sculpted human figures and animals. That means that compared to the usual 28mm wargaming figures they look rather small. To be fair, Paulus Miniatures version of 28mm is measured from the base to the top of the skull instead of the also very common base-to-eye scale (not to mention the increasingly common base-to-collarbone scale..... ) so they are indeed a tiny bit smaller than the usual wargaming figures. The visual size difference however is mainly due to their slender, realistic sculpting, next to the usually quite bulky wargaming figures, as the pictures below show. 

Empress 28mm compared to PM woman and man

28mm PM Colombian mammoth compared to DeeZee Woolly mammoth

28mm PM Colombian mammoth compared to Gripping Beast elephant

The figures I built needed no cleaning and were assembled using standard superglue, primed and painted with acrylics. Building is fiddly enough to demand some modelling skills, due to the small size and VERY fine detail. The engineering and fit is excellent. I have yet to find a mold line and only the big mammoth figure needed a bit of filler. 

The parts of the hunter shown below

Painting is a very rewarding experience. Let the pictures speak for themselves. 

Hunter with prey

The poses are very diverse. There are of course the dynamic hunting poses but also all kinds of domestic activities like making food, performing rituals or simply relaxing. 

Being essentially a niche product for education instead of the gaming market the figures are priced accordingly and are not cheap. Their quality however is undeniable, so you definitely get what you pay for: excellently sculpted and cast figures of great beauty.  

Shaman working on a rock painting

Woman making fire

Leather worker

Shaman or head hunter pointing towards the quarry

I am planning to acquire the rest of this range as soon as hey are in stock as well as a 54mm version of the mammoth. I have some devious plans for a fantasy army's Heavy Support.....

Woman with small child

Very much recommended. Future builds and paintings will be shown here. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Solomon Kane by Mythic Games: paintjobs

 A while ago I managed to acquire the Solomon Kane kickstarter boxes, alas without the expansions. 

While I have so far not explored the game itself, the figures are beautiful and provide lots of painting enjoyment. I will eventually play and review the game, but until then I will share the game's hardware in its painted state. 

Legendary Solomon Kane with juju staff

The man himself, standard issue

Mounted Solomon Kane

The Darkness







The Beast

Sword Thugs


The Hand Of Doom

Pistol Thugs

(Very) Weary Traveller and Inkeeper

Sword Thugs



Black Riders

Herbalist and Compass (a Game Aid)

The Bear


Abbot and monks


Friday, July 30, 2021

Building a 28mm oil rig for Spectre Operations: Building the superstructure

 Starting the build of a 28mm oil rig for Spectre missions. Just some initial pictures for now, but more will follow! 

28mm figure for scale. 

Nest are the big stairs connecting the floors of the oil rig. 

The stairs will be attached by magnets underneath the floors. 

Below I am trying out the layout of the superstructure and buildings. It is important to keep enough space to place and  move miniatures during the game. Although the rig can be taken apart for transport this is impractical during play. I built the basic shapes of the superstructures buildings and detailing will follow. 

A 1/43 Jet Ranger helicopter and some 28mm figures for scale. 

And with the first layers of paint on the hull the building of the superstructure can progress...

Starting the superstructur: doors and windows

Detailing the bridge

A decompression tank or something to put explosive stuff in

The crane

The submarine shed. Waddaya mean oil rigs don't have submarines? Of course they do!

Helicopter pad

And my littte trick to close doors.....

....and open them again! 

And more painting....

And testing the compactness for transport

Now to find some time to finish the detailing.....