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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2022 7:13 a.m. PST

I've done what I thought was a pretty good search through 28mm bits manufacturers, but I'm not having a lot of luck finding radios (or equivalent) medical bags or tool kits to give some of my units specialist gear. I can buy complete figures of course, but they won't blend well with some of the units. Can anyone recommend a source, or am I down to chopping up brand new figures for parts?


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2022 7:22 a.m. PST

Good question – I have been creative with my Bits Box for similar figs with a bit of Green Stuff and some superglue; have you looked at Victoria Miniatures?


QUATERMASS04 Aug 2022 8:00 a.m. PST

Anvil industries do a backpack type radio
And northstar
stargrave crew 2
Has a walky talky type of radio but you only get 4

Col Durnford04 Aug 2022 8:41 a.m. PST

May want to look the "The Assault Group" line.
I've used them for all sorts of extra gear.

emckinney04 Aug 2022 8:44 a.m. PST

And link from Anvil


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2022 9:42 a.m. PST

Thank you all. I actually got to the Victoria Miniatures site and missed those, adding to the overall humiliation of the day thus far.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2022 5:48 p.m. PST

Kromlech at least used to have a lot of bits packages, and maybe still does.

This is 28mm Sci-Fi, so it may be that your troops' radios are just integrated into their helmets. Beam communicators, like lasers and masers, on the other hand, require somewhat larger hardware at any technological level.

You might be able to modify a figure's weapon into a beam communicator by putting a disk on or near the end of the barrel. The disk would be the receiver. My first thought was disk, but it doesn't have to be round. Any plausible shape would work. A nicely cut piece of stiff paper (like a business card) or foil (like the cover of a yogurt container) could be glued into place and painted as desired.

You can improvise almost anything to be a bag or carrying case for your medic or mechanic. I'd start with looking over old sprues for something suitable. Cut to the shape you like, glue into position, paint.

Current US Army medics carry a backpack with medical gear. If your troops follow that approach, minor modifications to the existing backpack might be all you need for our medic.

Larger tools like bolt cutters, sawzalls, and dynamic entry devices (25mm-scale Mjolnir would probably work) might require some shopping around.

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