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Cold War Minis Inactive Member14 Jun 2017 6:41 a.m. PST

Ahead of their launch on Kickstarter on June 30th, a first look at some Hawkmen resins from Cold War Miniatures new range of 32mm pulp sci-fi minis inspired by the classic early serials of the 30s.

Hawkmen by Cold War Minis

For more info see The Cold War Site or follow on the Book of Faces

Guthroth14 Jun 2017 7:33 a.m. PST

In 15 or 28mm I would by a bucket load of those. But 32mm ? I wont bother even going to following the ks.

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2017 9:06 a.m. PST

Very limited value to the miniatures gamer at 32mm size. There is a perfectly good set of rocket men offered by Pulp Figures which could be easily converted. What I was hoping for was 28mm Flash Gordon style hawkmen.

Roderick Robertson Fezian14 Jun 2017 9:12 a.m. PST

inspired by the classic early serials of the 30s

No, these were clearly inspired by the Rocketeer a real Commando Cody/King of the Rocketmen would have a bullet-shaped helmet and slacks.

(though Rocketeer was inspired by the Serials at best these are second-generation inspiration)


Hydra Studios Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Jun 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

Good luck on your Kickstarter. These look great and would probably scale well with our Retro Raygun range which is also 32mm. When people say heroic 28mm (like Reaper) they actually mean 32mm. It's a very common size for fantasy/sci-fi and RPG miniatures.

Matt Beauchamp
Hydra Miniatures

Cold War Minis Inactive Member14 Jun 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

Scale creep is definitely an issue with the industry as a whole, while I'm old enough to remember 25mm I looked around very carefully to see what other manufacturers produce now. "Heroic 28mm" i.e. 32mm is very common in fantasy and sci-fi ranges these days and so this range has been scaled to fit well alongside them. I will post a size comparison picture on my site and KS in due course.

Inspiration for this range came from a few different places, the Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, King of the Rocketmen serials of the 30's, mixed with design elements of Futurism, Art Deco and an element of WW1 fighter pilot gear.

Admittedly the final colour scheme tips a nod to the Rocketeer but you can see a more spacey version here link

Guthroth14 Jun 2017 10:13 p.m. PST

Pandering to scale creep alienates gamers with existing large collections. Very GW in approach.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2017 1:33 p.m. PST

I'm with Allen57, was hoping for Flash Gordon characters. 28mm would have been a sure buy for me, lots and lots! 32mm no sale.

Cold War Minis Inactive Member15 Jun 2017 2:01 p.m. PST

For a more in depth response to the issue of "Scale Creep" see my reply on that topic in the other thread.

I had a good rummage through my collection today and took some size comparison shots so you can judge for yourself how my new minis sit with other ranges (the majority supposedly 28mm), you'll note that a lot of these are hardly "new".

Lee Brilleaux Fezian Inactive Member16 Jun 2017 8:39 a.m. PST

You might want to revise your text to something like "Heroic 28mm / 32mm size."

There's no real 'perfect' answer. What I, as potential customer, want to know is how well it fits with my existing collection – Hydra and Dick Garrison mostly (being the same height but different in bulk.) These are a shade bigger than most 28mms, but not disastrously so. I do have a few rather spindly 28mms which, while fine in themselves, look a bit weedy in comparison. And nobody wants that.

Dark Fable Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jun 2017 8:13 a.m. PST

These look fantastic! Very clean sculpts by the looks of them with lots of great details. I think they would fit in with my WSD retro scifi figs and Hydra Minis

Xintao18 Jun 2017 8:09 p.m. PST

Looks great. Not sure it's my cup of tea. But I will say thank you, thank you, thank you for the comparison pictures. Almost no manufacturer does that.


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