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repaint11 Mar 2022 3:53 p.m. PST


I would be happy to build a collection of miniatures for the Conan universe. I don't mind so much the scale as it would be for RPG.

Anything really inspiring I should really check out?

thank you

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian11 Mar 2022 4:05 p.m. PST

Reaper would be a good start

Copplestone another

Col Durnford11 Mar 2022 4:12 p.m. PST

Look back on the marketplace. There is a member that post about figures from the movie every few months. I can't remember his name.

As others have said most any of the top fantasy lines would be good. Also, you may want to look at Old Glory for some historical lines to fill out the rank and file.

repaint11 Mar 2022 4:25 p.m. PST

ah right, all good ideas. Maybe I could look at the frostgrave plastic ranges. But they are a tiny bit too modernish for the world I envision.

Lazyworker11 Mar 2022 4:38 p.m. PST

Robert Howard used various historical empires/peoples to make up his fantasy nations. You could use various historical miniatures for general troops.

Cheery pick various fantasy models you like the look of.

Paskal is a member that has been trying to sell some of his Forge of Doom miniatures. I've never seen these figures in person but I've been to their website (Facebook page I think). They're clearly inspired by the 1980s movie. I like the look but not the price. YMMV.

repaint11 Mar 2022 6:32 p.m. PST

For what it is worth:

I think I will get my characters on Etsy, there are many sculpts that look the part.

For the NPCs, the regulars will be well served by the plastic Ancient ranges from Victrix (Dacians and Numidians). For the Barbarians tribes, I am still looking, but the ones from Fostgrave might look the part.

Still open to more ideas, it seems there is a lot more than I initially thought.


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2022 6:46 p.m. PST

Howard stole from all the exciting parts of history. There are Cossacks (Khozaki) Ancient Egyptians (Stygians) Afghan tribesmen (Afghulis) Bedouin tribesmen (Shemitish nomads) knights in plate armor, pirates in floppy-brimmed hats and right down the line. I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to use Hurons or Mohawks for Picts, or recruit Zulus for Kushites.

Buy your major characters on Etsy, and maybe long-running NPCs, but go cheap for the sword fodder of the week. You'll want a lot of them, and they'll change out pretty frequently.

Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2022 7:47 p.m. PST

Your best buy would be the Conan board game from Monolith. You get 75 figures in the basic game. They are about 32mm You can get them from Amazon for about $100. USD I have an extra copy of the basic game I could let go for cheaper. I guess you thinking of playing the Modiphius Conan rpg?


walkabout11 Mar 2022 9:13 p.m. PST

I second the Conan game by Monolith. You'll get a ton of great looking miniatures and get a board game that is also great. So a win win.

repaint12 Mar 2022 1:18 a.m. PST

Your best buy would be the Conan board game from Monolith. You get 75 figures in the basic game. They are about 32mm You can get them from Amazon for about $100. USD USD I have an extra copy of the basic game I could let go for cheaper. I guess you thinking of playing the Modiphius Conan rpg?

Yes, thank you Inari, that's a good idea, but shipping overseas will probably be a killer. I might get it from someone at the boardgame club not using it. I'll ask around.

We have a lot of the supplements from Modiphius but for the rules, we might switch to "Barbarians of Lemuria" which are simpler for my Z^!*@ lazy players :)

Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2022 5:44 a.m. PST

Yes, you should be able to find a copy overseas for a decent price. Have fun!!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2022 6:34 a.m. PST

For Cimmerians I went with generic barbarians, Germanic types in furs and, I believe, a Viking or two.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2022 7:20 a.m. PST

The upcoming Warlord Slaine? The Drune have a Frazetta look.

Rich Bliss12 Mar 2022 8:23 a.m. PST

North Star has a not-Conan figure in the Frostgrave line and a Pirate Conan in the Ghost Archipelago line.

Logain12 Mar 2022 8:38 a.m. PST

In 15mm :
Crom's Anvil from CP Models
Copplestone Castings Barbarica
Xyston Historicals from Scotia Grendel

All three mix perfectly to provide an excellent mix of fantasy and historical elements for Conan. Beautiful detail in all three that easily rivals 28mm.

YogiBearMinis12 Mar 2022 2:25 p.m. PST

You can get the old Lin Carter supplement on "Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age" on Drivethrurpg as a PDF, which was a miniatures gaming supplement for wargaming Conan, circa late 1970s. It gave a good breakdown on historical and quasi-historical figures to use for various armies

repaint12 Mar 2022 5:23 p.m. PST

Again, all thank you.

HMS Exeter12 Mar 2022 5:47 p.m. PST

Heritage produced a Conan line back in the 70s and 80s. They show up on ebay pretty regularly, but they're pricey, true 25s and stylistically dated.

You'll play hell getting a workable substitute for Tharks, so these may be unavoidable.

You could review the Lost Minis Wiki page to view the Heritage Castings for substitution ideas.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2022 8:11 p.m. PST

Tharks? That's John Carter and Burroughs. I own those and Red Martians from the old Black Hat range in 15mm. Lovely figs.



repaint13 Mar 2022 3:59 a.m. PST

Thanks all for the support and advice.

I also found a good source where they explain the different armies one can encounter: link

So eventually, I settled for a few sprues (not the entire boxes) of the following ranges, part for the RPG and part because they should be fun painting.

Mantic Clansmen (will be used for primitive in the northern area)

Numidian infantry (light multipurpose infantry). I took enough to have middle eastern version and "greek" version

Iberian cavalry (same purpose)

Dacians: I will use them as advanced civilized eastern army

Early Roman auxiliaries: same but separated in two multipurpose chain mail light infantry but western type and scout infantry with wolves pelts on

Naked fanatic gauls: to be modded and painted as something generic, terrifying and wild

Germanic warriors:
Generic barbarians (maybe picts?)

Vikings: because because

Byzantine auxiliaries: because they can provide heavy archers, light archers and some levies

Byzantine Koursores: to provide heavy advanced cavalry

Medieval Russian Infantry: for regular heavy advanced infantry

The only things I feel are missing are:
-Mongol type ridders (not a big fan of fireforge's)

As for the main characters and nemeses, I am still looking for a decent range on Etsy so they can have a unified look.

Really happy about my day's research and the upcoming project!

Palewarrior13 Mar 2022 5:05 a.m. PST

Privateer Press did a limited edition range of R.E. Howards miniatures. Do a Google image search for "Conan Minicrates".

Unfortunately they tend to go for stupid prices on ebay.

They are quite big about 32mm iirc, I've got the "Conan on the Throne" somewhere. Going to paint it as a gift for someone :)

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