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ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa18 Nov 2023 1:52 a.m. PST

My Googlefoo is inadequate or at least if I want anything other than 40K proxy backpacks…..

Anyone have a go-to source, bearing in mind I'm in the UK, for fantasy-suitable separate bedrolls and backpacks? The're for some 28mm dwarfs I'm working on. I can get a 100 and one variations on IG packs 3d printed but so far I've found only one source in Europe for something more fantasy and postage is silly these days.

Griefbringer18 Nov 2023 6:44 a.m. PST

Separate bedrolls should not be too difficult to scratchbuild: press some modelling putty into a flat film, roll it up, trim the ends with a knife, press to the desired location on figure and let dry properly. Or alternatively soak a piece of toilet paper in a mixture of PVA glue, varnish and water, roll it up, press to the desired spot and let dry even more properly.

However, separate backpacks suitable for fantasy dwarves would be more of a challenge to build, and I do not recall having seen anything suitable on sale separately. Some of the Frostgrave plastic sets _might_ contain suitable bits, but I cannot vouch for that – and they would be rather pricy to purchase for just a few bits if you do not need the rest.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa18 Nov 2023 8:35 a.m. PST

Frostgrave soldier sprue I think has one pack and may be a sack or two. I need about a dozen!

Hadn't really thought too hard about scratch building but in the absence of anything else I may have to bite the bullet…

Griefbringer18 Nov 2023 10:57 a.m. PST

A dozen dwarves with backpacks – why does that remind me of Hobbit?

Would a WWII era backpack (e.g. the famous Bergen used by some British units) work, or would that look a bit too modern? If you stick bedrolls, waterskins, pots, pans, shovels and other accessories (whatever you can find in the bits box) on top of them, this will further break the outline and make the individual figures more distinctive.

For UK sources, I would check the plastic British Commando set from Warlord Games – if I remember correctly, it would come with an optional Bergen for each figure, so you would have more than enough for your dwarves (though you would need to find some use for the figures themselves). Alternatively, The Assault Group might do something suitable in metal – they have a large catalogue of various accessory packs of small items, though trawling though their online catalogue looking for something specific can be a bit time-consuming.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine18 Nov 2023 1:17 p.m. PST

Alternative Armies do a whole range of bits including some backpacks for flintloque that might work.


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa19 Nov 2023 1:52 a.m. PST

A dozen dwarves with backpacks why does that remind me of Hobbit?

Also Dragon Rampant unit size….

Thanks for the suggestions. The AA campaign packs look like they would work. I did browse AA but didn't think to check the Flintloque range. The Assault Group definitely has some useful bits including quite a few I never knew I needed like a pedal bin and an answering machine….

Griefbringer19 Nov 2023 6:32 a.m. PST

Those AA backpacks look pretty good to me, and with six different variants there won't be too many duplicates in a unit of dozen. Plus some of them have extra axes stuck on them – just the thing for dwarves!

Not particularly cheap, but then again you only need two packs.

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