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Travellera03 Jul 2024 4:21 a.m. PST

Beside Northstars Rangers of Shadow Deep and Oathmark. Are there any interesting 28mm metal alternatives out there?

Prince Rupert of the Rhine03 Jul 2024 4:46 a.m. PST

Scotia Grendel have a range called Generic Fantasy. This range is in fact the old icon/Harlequin miniatures LoTR range which was sold on when they lost the licence they have some really nice orcs/urk-hai and corsairs.


Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jul 2024 6:14 a.m. PST

Prince August in Ireland does still carry its Mithril collection, which predates by far GW's LoTR range. Still my preferred Middle Earth miniatures.

They're a bit larger than 28mm though – 32mm, namely.


Travellera03 Jul 2024 8:38 a.m. PST

Thanks for your comments! The old Harlequin range has some good models. I also just found the Ragnarok range that has some useful stuff. I would like to find some Rohan and Rangers though…

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2024 12:38 p.m. PST

Depending upon sizes, not scale, of the figures you desire, there are a multitude of fantasy Orcs, Goblins, Dwarves and Gnome (very similar to Dwarves in style, though generally shorter than Dwarves) figures available from a multitude of figure makers, made of plastic, resin, and metal. Here are some of my metal, Essex Gnomes.

Fantasy figures cannot be judged by Scale, as everyone assigns a different height to Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, and Goblins -- there is no universally accepted height for these creatures, so figures are all over the map!

I would suggest that you look at 1/72 plastic figures from Red Box (very affordable, if they are not too small). Caesar figures are great, but largely they are out of production, currently. You can see both Caesar and Red Box's Light/Dark Alliance figures, with sizes, on PSR's site: a list of sets, with photos of them, with the figures' heights listed. They paint up well enough for me: 1/72 Dwarves. (Oops! These are actually 1/72 Caesar Dwarves, not Red Box… Apologies.) Cheers!

mckrok Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2024 4:22 p.m. PST

I'll second Scotia Grendel, and their range includes both Ranger and Rohorrim figures.


Travellera03 Jul 2024 11:08 p.m. PST

Thanks all!

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jul 2024 7:59 a.m. PST

Loads of historical figures can be used for various fantasy kingdoms, of men at least. You might need to swap a shield here or there. But Normans make perfectly good Rohan if you give them round shields.

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