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03 Dec 2017 1:17 p.m. PST
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Barry S03 Dec 2017 12:27 a.m. PST


I recently photographed some of my prehistoric collection and thought I'd share some of the images with the members.

Some are based for HotT and some for skirmish gams such as Tusk, Primeval and Paleao Diet.

Cavemen and Women for Tusk and Tusk, Primeval and Paleao Diet.

Beasties for HotT.

Cavemen for HotT.

Dice Holder for Tusk… why? Just because… :o)

More photos can be seen here -

Thanks for looking.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 12:42 a.m. PST

Oh my God, those look absolutely amazing!

Are some of those figures from Primaeval Designs and Irregular Miniatures? Others?


PS. Where did you get that "captain caveman" figure?

foxweasel03 Dec 2017 3:19 a.m. PST

Very nice, I'll bet it's fun to play as well.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 6:05 a.m. PST

That is amazing. Love it.

Gone Fishing03 Dec 2017 6:29 a.m. PST

Yes, those really are beautiful. Very inspiring!

Dan, I think he's said elsewhere almost all the figures are from Khurasan.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 2:03 p.m. PST

I'm enamored with the painted models; and the holder for tusks = genius at work and an eye-popper. I like the way your brain works.

deflatermouse03 Dec 2017 2:51 p.m. PST

Outstanding work.
Those firemarkers are excellent.
And the Mammoths, where are they from?

Barry S03 Dec 2017 4:19 p.m. PST

Thanks for all the kind words.

Sadly I am yet to play a game with them, but I have really enjoyed building and painting the miniatures.

I have been slowly working on a collection for an Australian setting for skirmish games,albeit slowly. So far I have some large Kangaroos, Bullockornis (Demon Duck of Doom), and Megalania from MY Miniatures, hunters from QRF and a converted Diprotodon (giantlooking Wombat), Thylacines and Genyornis (large waterfowl – Emu with stumpy legs).

As for the collection I already have, below is a breakdown of the models used.

The following models are by Khurasan -
Cavemen and women
Sabretooth Tigers
Woolly Rhinos
Terror Birds (these are from the Lizard Fantasy Range)
Large Mammoth

*deflatermouse – The other mammoths photographed are sold as Mini-Mammoth by a company called Mojo – Animal Planet toys. I picked them up rather cheaply from a toy shop selling educational toys.

Copplestone Castings
Large Bear

MY Miniatures
Rearing Bear
Waterline Croc

Games Workshop
Individually based bear (from Battle of the Five Armies)

Splintered Light Miniatures

Irregular Miniatures
Cave Lion

I also have some baby mammoths and a juvenile mammoth to photograph along with one of the 15mm Primeval Mammoths.

Next on the painting table for this project are some MY Miniatures sloths, musk ox, horses and cattle.

Twoball Cane03 Dec 2017 7:31 p.m. PST

Dice holder is genius.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 9:07 p.m. PST

Cool beans!

Gone Fishing04 Dec 2017 7:25 a.m. PST

That's an extremely helpful post, Barry. Off to look at some websites…

Legends In Time Skip Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Dec 2017 9:24 a.m. PST


Looks very cool.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2017 11:02 a.m. PST


I still can't get over how fine that collection looks.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2017 7:59 p.m. PST


You, sir, are a bad influence!

Just got my Khurasan ones in the mail, the Copplestone ones are en route, and I just went ahead and ordered the Neanderthals from Acheson/Primaeval, along with a couple of their smilodons.

Splintered Light has an awesome end of year sale, so I'll be ordering from there too in the next few days.


Barry S05 Dec 2017 9:11 p.m. PST


I have the Acheson Pre-Historic Mammals range and their Neanderthals. The plan is to paint these up in a winter type setting. A winter themed project of any kind has been on my 'to do' list for quite some years and I think a winter setting of TUSK would be a reasonably, quick, tidy method of achieving this.

On another note, would you please email me at lewchips1ATinternodeDOTonDOTnet


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2017 12:18 p.m. PST


I'm also going to order these from TSS/QRF, for warmer climate fellas:


I had bought a few of them before Hurricane Harvey paid us a visit in August, and I really liked the figures. I wish I had gotten around to painting mine. The pack had a nice variety of poses.

TMP link
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Of course, I'll be adding some of these dinos to the order: :)


PS. Sending you an email now.




Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2017 2:15 p.m. PST


I've got my orders from:


Now I need to decide if I'm going to go with my usual washers (and then decide dry grassland, mixed grass, or snow) or if I should finally try some clear acrylic bases:


PS. Is it me or is there a slight shortage of 15mm prehistoric women? :(

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

By the way, this is what the Rebel Minis cavemen look like. Clearly dressed for colder weather like the ones from Primaeval.



Barry S14 Dec 2017 6:05 p.m. PST

Thanks for the photo. Can you tell me how they compare to the Khurasan Miniatures size wise? I am looking for some chaps to play the part as Neanderthals and I have been considering these fellows for a little while now.

Regarding the lack of women, Khurasan has a couple in their packs. I have one model from Irregular I could use if needed. For children, Irregular make one in their Colonials Range that could possibly be used.

I have decided to go with a snow based theme using the Neanderthals, Mammoths and mammals from Acheson/Primaeval, but that is a project for 2018… 2019ish.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2017 9:33 p.m. PST


I just placed the order for the Rebel Minis ones. I'll post a comparison picture or two the moment I have them in hand.

By the way, Rebel Mike is having a 20% sale starting today.

PS. Also, I've just ordered some bears, wolves and saber cats from Splintered Light. They have a 25% sale from now until end of year:
TMP link

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 4:23 a.m. PST

I got my "Captain Caveman"!!!

Thanks so much, Barry. It looks awesome, just like I remember from when growing up.


Barry S06 Jan 2018 5:17 p.m. PST

You're very welcome.

Glad you like him!


Barry S24 Feb 2018 6:29 p.m. PST

Just thought I'd share a few additions to my project.

Some mammoth calves –

The small calf is a rubber toy sold as a good luck miniature. THe slightly larger toy is by a company called 'Bullyland'.

A bug and hairy chap –

The bug is a charm/finding and the chap is an old GW Familiar.

A wise woman and younger members of the tribe -

The Old woman is from Khurasan Miniatures as is the young girl who originally started out as a mammoth rider. The young boys are from Xyston and Irregular Miniatures with the later having a head swap.

Young adult male and wolf companion –

I am eagerly awaiting the release of the movie 'Alpha'.
The wolf is from Splintered Light Miniatures with it's head repositioned and the young adult is from Khurasan with a head swap.

Finally, a new measurement stick –


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2018 7:28 p.m. PST

Everything looks fantastic!

I love the giant dragonfly. Reminds me of a hilarious scene in Caveman (1981).

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Barry S03 Apr 2018 9:04 p.m. PST

Finally finished a Stronghold for the Cavemen, women and children.

The cave back is open so I decided to add some very poorly drawn (painted), art…

I also found some more mammoths that seem to fit in okay with 15mm. I have cut down one to represent a beast caught in the trap.

Finally, something a little different for me – a 25/28mm Cro Magnon miniature from Lucid Eye and Dire Wolf from Pathfinder Miniatures. It is a miniature size I rarely paint, but I have been contemplating a small TUSK project using larger miniatures… Both utilised the dip method

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2018 12:41 p.m. PST


You never cease to amaze and inspire!

All you need is the faint yellow-orange glow of a fire inside that cave, perhaps with a tiny LED light. :)


Barry S06 Aug 2018 8:48 p.m. PST

I have finally finished a couple more pieces for my 15mm Prehistoric Project.

First up is a model based inspired by the fire carrier in 'Quest For Fire".

Next up is a group of… 'Hairys(?)'… for TUSK…

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2018 3:19 p.m. PST

Stunning progress!


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 2:50 p.m. PST


What flock/ground cover did you use on your table?

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Barry S15 Aug 2018 6:55 p.m. PST


For my standard table I used my GW game mat which I have dulled down. I based my basing of my figures and some terrain pieces on the early lush vegetation from the computer/console game, Farcry Primal. I used a variety of tufts from my own range of tufts, Leadbear's Tufts and Silfor/MiniNatur and made the trees.

I haven't concerned myself with accuracy as I feel the miniatures I used have more of a 'Hollywood' look to them.

For my winter themed TUSK the original plan was a Tundra look with patches of dark wet earth showing through, but I got carried a bit carried away when applying the snow. For the mat I used some vinyl sheet available at a local fabric supplier. For the basing I once again used tufts and a snow mix made from Woodland Scenics Snow, PVA glue and white paint mixed together.

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