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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 May 2018 9:01 a.m. PST

What types of non-humanoid aliens would you like to see in miniature wargaming, that are not available now or are uncommon?

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member19 May 2018 9:10 a.m. PST

I've been asking that same question for ages.

For me … Thermians in their natural form. I'll eventually sculpt mine for 15mm, but wouldn't mind if someone else would beat me to it and Produced their own set.


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 May 2018 9:36 a.m. PST

so… octopoids?

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2018 9:45 a.m. PST

Centaur like. four or more feet with an upright body part with arms and hands


TNE230019 May 2018 9:46 a.m. PST



Hey You19 May 2018 9:47 a.m. PST


Thranx, or something close.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member19 May 2018 9:49 a.m. PST

Bill: "so… octopoids?"

More than octo, but similar. And done about 15mm high.

Atop the mass of tentacles they have a very large, distinctive and "intelligent"-looking head, with the coolest breathing "tubes".






Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2018 10:49 a.m. PST

Yup birrin is a great choice, and I would add the alien infantry from the movie Battle: Los Angeles from 2011. Plus the elephant type aliens from the really great book FootFall.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2018 10:53 a.m. PST

Droyne in 25mm.

Grenadier did only two poses of essentially the same figure. I would like at least a set with all six castes, and preferably six or twelve warriors in different poses.

Martian Metals did a set of 15mm Droyne, but I think that they area all warrior caste.


Palewarrior19 May 2018 12:30 p.m. PST

There was an insectoid alien featured in a story in the British comic, 2000AD waaay back. I don't know if his species was ever named, but he was called "Battak".
The strip was "Blackhawk", he (Battak) started out as an enemy but entered into an uneasiy truce later on, he was just brilliant :)

Legion 419 May 2018 12:58 p.m. PST

Any types in 6-10mm I'd like to see … It's a big galaxy …

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member19 May 2018 1:47 p.m. PST


You mean this bipedal humanoid-looking guy with a bug head? :)


PS. And, if Thermians don't look interesting enough, how's this other guy?


Covert Walrus19 May 2018 1:50 p.m. PST

+2 to Legion 4, but I'll be more specific-

Centauroid forms. The Garn in Starfire are particularly interesting, as they resemble not horses but rhinos or baluchitheria; Coming from high-gravity worlds, they uses their middle limbs for support on such planets and in lighter gravities they can be used as heavy-lifting arms, making them quite flexible. SF literature abounds with similar types though each is unique in some way.

Radially symmetrical creatures or ones whose ancestors were would be interesting; The Hivers from "Traveller" are an obvious example, but some others will spring to mind from art and literature ( The already mentioned Birrin are a good example I think :) )

Macropdaformes. Basically kangaroos and wallabies. In 25mm Stan Johansen had a very nice range of sentient 'roos, and something like this would be great for 6mm as was well.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member19 May 2018 3:39 p.m. PST

Just don't make their weapons look like they were bought from humans.


TNE230019 May 2018 4:13 p.m. PST

Just don't make their weapons look like they were bought from humans.

maybe they were:

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member19 May 2018 6:40 p.m. PST

Lol. Yes, please don't make us the provider for the entire galaxy:


TMP link

Even some of these Pulp SF human weapons look more alien than what I see some alien figures carrying:



TNE230019 May 2018 7:10 p.m. PST

you want something from the barrier peaks


Cacique Caribe Inactive Member19 May 2018 8:00 p.m. PST

What is that??? :)


coopman20 May 2018 4:20 a.m. PST

Non-humanoid figures can be a pain to make molds for, manufacture and assemble. That's why you don't see many of them. Still, they would be nice to have if not too fiddly to assemble.

TNE230020 May 2018 4:34 a.m. PST

some interesting non humanoids here:


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 May 2018 4:45 a.m. PST

Want to see more? Lovecraftian nameless horrors. But I prefer to make those on my own (it's fun and they end up unique), and I believe the intent of the question is what would we like to see manufactured.

1) Giant Bacteria, but that might look a little cili …

2) Non-humanoid Crystalline entities.

In a scifi campaign, I had swarm colonies of small, silicon crystalline entities that could form and reform. Each colony was a 5' diameter ring (2' wide and 6" thick) with a "ball" rolling on an internal track and counted as an "individual". They didn't breathe (though might need ventilation for cooling) or eat (photoelectric). The forming and reforming had "fast" and "slow" options. Fast options were things that could be done tactically like realigning coherent light appendages (lasers) or minor tread readjustments. Slow options were major realignment and growing of crystals which took weeks, so a "farmer" that didn't have lasers couldn't just grow them instantly. But they were great colonists because, as long as there was enough radiation to eat, they could adapt to almost anything.

3) A similar thing with 18" worms that would "braid" themselves into various forms.

4) Six-legged porcupines without heads (just an eating maw).

Legion 420 May 2018 6:01 a.m. PST

BTW … Alternate Armies has a couple of 6mm "Wellsian" aliens … not really humanoid by kind'a cool ! link

Also note some of the old GW Epic has some creatures that could work of non- humie aliens too … Some I've painted up …


These are old GW Warmaster 10mm …

REALLY Need to retake these pics, I have since done some work on the bases with flock, etc., … Look at the "creatures" on the right of these pics …



Wildman20 May 2018 7:22 a.m. PST

Posleen from the John Ringo books.

Legion 420 May 2018 7:32 a.m. PST

EMP has the 6mm old Baccus CH line with 4 legged aliens that some have said could be used as Posleen ? link

Plus some "Big alien worms" … link

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member20 May 2018 7:49 a.m. PST

Is this a "Posleen"?


I could really go for something like this:



Wildman20 May 2018 3:30 p.m. PST

That's close. They are described as reptilian centaurs in
the books. They would probably have to be done in 15mm or
smaller sizes. You would need a lot of them according to
the books, so they would get costly for a decent size force.

I would also like the aliens from Battle:LA and their walking

Allen5721 May 2018 6:51 a.m. PST

I made a Posleen force using Irregular 6mm fantasy centaurs. There is not much detail on them so your imagination can fill in the blanks.

tnjrp22 May 2018 9:56 p.m. PST

Well, any with a reasonable number of different sculpts/renders would be good really (-:)

What I really would get into would be Defiance Altai. There was actually somebody around these parts who was mildly interested in producing some (can't recall the nic at the top of my head) but nothing ever came out of that -- neither Altai nor anything else AFAIK.

Also, I produced some sketches myself for three non-humanoid species for another person hereabouts (or it could've been the same person, again this was some year ago), but nothing came out of that either. It would have been obscurely gratifying to see those materialize, even if in a single sculpt per species.

For really alien aliens, there's been an attempt at producing some for some years now under the title Primeval Abyssian that I'd really like to get to buying some day. Unfortunately it hasn't progressed to the production stage and I'm not having too high hopes it ever getting off the ground. What with even the author/sculptor's blog being offline the last I looked. In case somebody likes to look, there's a discussion over at Lead Adventure (that hasn't seen any action in over a year either):

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member23 May 2018 7:11 a.m. PST

Someone needs to make these guys like 10mm tall, and that way they could work as diminutive aliens for both 28mm and 15mm gamers.

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Legion 423 May 2018 2:36 p.m. PST

That really bugs me !

Covert Walrus31 May 2018 1:41 p.m. PST

CC, good suggestion! Doesn't Irregular do something like that in 28mm though?

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