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cloudcaptain12 Oct 2023 5:44 p.m. PST

I have gobs of the stuff but have to provide both sides when gaming.

David Johansen12 Oct 2023 7:06 p.m. PST

Huh, I double posted, deleted and lost what I posted.

So, I'm thinking of makeing some 20mm figures for my science fiction game and I'm wondering if there's much interest. It's a bit silly, I've got 33mm sf, 28mm sf, 25mm sf, 15mm sf, and 6mm sf stuff. I'm probably going to get Mantic's 8mm sf game. But I've often thought 20mm would make sense for sf. Less metal, fits with lots of toys, not as super deformed as most 15mm stuff.

I've always wanted to do a bunch of aliens. I did some in 28mm using JB Weld plastic weld, but they've changed the formulation.

I'm at best and amatuer sculptor and I lean towards wanting fairly clean figures rather than hyper detailed ones.

At 20mm the figures would have fixed heads and weapons. At larger scales I like to do separate hands holding the weapons and separate heads but I don't see that as viable at 20mm.

Stryderg12 Oct 2023 7:47 p.m. PST

Personally, I stick to the "one true scale": 6mm, 15mm and 28mm. Plus scale creep, obviously.

I can certainly see the advantage of matching the toys out there, but I've got enough unpainted projects to keep me busy.

David Johansen12 Oct 2023 8:19 p.m. PST

I'm going to try a few, anyhow. Probably quartets of scouts, colonists, soldiers, raiders, catguys, wolf guys, rat guys, worm guys, I dunno, I've always wanted ranges of different aliens with some variety.

I have some 28 -30mm aliens I did in jb weld plastic weld. I wanted to get a look more like the old chunky GW style.

I'd do these in greenstuff as they'd be finer. The idea would be to keep the cost down by reducing the amount of material used.

Templar212 Oct 2023 8:34 p.m. PST


You use to have a great and comprehensive 6 mm range, I still have those and wish I had bought more😢


David Johansen12 Oct 2023 9:42 p.m. PST

hmmm…must be a different David. What was the company called?

I'm just an amatuer sculptor in Canad who's had very little luck casting things, but I'm learning :D

David Johansen12 Oct 2023 10:30 p.m. PST

Could it be Stan Johansen Miniatures? He had the Space Opera ranges. The 15mm and 25mm stuff is available from RRB miniatures now.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Oct 2023 10:31 p.m. PST

I own a few painted 20mm sci-fi figures, so obviously I must go all-out and buy an army or two! grin


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2023 6:54 a.m. PST

I think it was Blade Miniatures that did a very nice range of 20mm SF figures quite a few years ago. I'm pretty sure they are no longer available.

Rocco Siffredi13 Oct 2023 8:49 a.m. PST

20mm ranges I can think of are Elhiem and Khurasan.



The space cats look a treat!

blacksmith13 Oct 2023 8:52 a.m. PST

I do LOTR and WWII in 20mm-1/72.

I dream of 20mm John Carter / Mars armies. Red and Green Martians plus some wild animals.

For Hard sci-fi I'd stick to 15mm.

David Johansen13 Oct 2023 10:00 a.m. PST

I've got a large collection of 15mm and 25mm and 28mm sf stuff myself. I started sculpting largely because I wanted 1/32 stuff for GURPS.

From a business stand point 28mm is the standard and 15mm is the plucky independent. I tried doing some 25mm but they came in a bit big at 28mm. After all these years I still have trouble getting the scale right.

I don't know, 'business' doesn't quite hit the mark. I want to support my game with miniatures. I like all the scales. But it doesn't hurt to stand out and when you're infinitesimally tiny it doesn't hurt to support an under supported scale where people are looking for things instead of drowning in options.

I guess the question is still, "how many people want this?" And yes, the quality of the figures matters, I know that.

whitphoto13 Oct 2023 5:38 p.m. PST

3d printer… any scale I want…

David Johansen13 Oct 2023 6:51 p.m. PST

But not in metal. :(

Blaubaer14 Oct 2023 7:19 a.m. PST

Well, there is "Starguard" by Reviresco. Very nice figures, robos, guns, aliens and tanks. MJ makes "Sandwars" , nice 20mm figures for Dune. I like to know what happens to this range?
For more Information look at "lost minis wiki" by "".
There are"Space Battles" by "Dark Dream Studio" , 20mm space soldiers in plastic.

20mm Space Marines are a missing lot, 21 mm Space Orks are still absend, too.

Good luck, Sebastian.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2023 2:06 p.m. PST

I'm quite surprised that there isn't more in 20mm – especially for near future games. There's a tonne of plastic and metal vehicles and aircraft kits that could become "the last generation's equipment" for a Hi-Tech against the rebels style game.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2023 1:06 p.m. PST

Yes, I would be inclined to buy

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