Advice on Defiance minatures

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Advice on Defiance minatures

Postby Ironchicken » Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:04 am

Ok I would like to buy a skirmish force or so to use for defiance.

What figure ranges are around that do a nice enough range of suitable aliens at a reasonable price?

It would be nice to have a thread of Defiance friendly figure supplies with little reviews.

Some insectiod types would be nice.

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Re: Advice on Defiance minatures

Postby tnjrp » Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:01 pm

Ironchicken wrote:It would be nice to have a thread of Defiance friendly figure supplies with little reviews
All figure suppliers are Defiance friendly! Or rather, it's the other way around but the result is about the same :P

Seriously though, I'm not entirely sure what you are looking for here, apart from (I assume hands-on) product reviews. Are you rooting for stand-ins of the "official" Defiance armies or just some alien minis in general to work into a small skirmish force?

If the former, I ran a thread a while back on the subject that admittedly hasn't seen much trafic lately and doesn't have many reviews in it, but it's a start:
viewtopic.php?t=529

If the latter, it's a broad subject indeed unless you happen to want something that is NOT insectoid and NOT humanoid. For insect types specificly, the most obviously insectoid are of course the Arachnids from Starship Troopers:
http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/minia ... ?qsArmy=15
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Postby smokingwreckage » Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:49 pm

http://www.scotiagrendel.com/ produce both the old VOID1.1 line and the older Kryomek line; this means a scadload of Geigeresque aliens and humans of every stripe. A big advantage of the Kromek (TM) aliens is that they come by type, so you can buy just the right number of whatever weapon you want, ie, every blister has 2 aliens with the same weapons.

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Re: Advice on Defiance minatures

Postby underling » Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:36 pm

Ironchicken wrote:Ok I would like to buy a skirmish force or so to use for defiance.
What figure ranges are around that do a nice enough range of suitable aliens at a reasonable price?
It would be nice to have a thread of Defiance friendly figure supplies with little reviews.
Some insectiod types would be nice.

I'm not sure that these would fit the "insectoid" description, but in my opinion the coolest "non-humanoid" models out there now are the latest edition tyrannids from GW for 40k. And with a lot of them being available in plastic, the prices are reasonable. Of course, everyone's opinion of reasonable differs.
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I also really like my first edition koralon from Void, but those seem to be an acquired taste.
As far as humanoid-type models, there are so many different lines available now, it's hard to know where to start as far as giving any advice.
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Postby smokingwreckage » Wed May 02, 2007 2:37 pm

Well, if you like smooth, clean lines and dynamic poses, Void1.1 is worth a look for humans. If you like soldiers slogging across that muddy, dirty battlefield with really chunky guns and a huge number of poses and weapons then Pig Iron is worth a look (and really cheap).

Tyranids are very nice, and GW plastics are definitely inside my price range, but I have this soft spot for old miniatures and the Kryomek hit a kind of Geigeresque scif-fi/horror look that I quite like. Also I hate gluing together plastics. Also my wife does not approve of plastic miniatures ;) Also Kryomek vehicles are about $20 each!

Finally, the Kryomek line and now Megaminiatures contain some real gems of vehicles at very low prices; not all the vehicles are all that good though.

For more vehicles, see Old Crow http://www.oldcrowmodels.co.uk/ or DLD productions if they're casting at the moment http://www.dldproductions.com/ or GZG games have a huge range of vehicles of varying quality and visual appeal, as well as many, many infantry at around "real 25mm" scale. http://www.gzg.com/

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Postby Ironchicken » Wed May 02, 2007 8:54 pm

Sorry i did not make myself to clear to begin with. I guess most people know about the GW figures, mongoose and void. Although the GW plastics are nice I tend to feel i should aim at buying from some smaller independants where possible when sourcing for such an independant friendly game.

So I was thinking of those independants that have interesting figs, particularly aliens. The kryomeks are just the type of thing I am looking for as are spugs. Nice indi reasonably priced minis.

To add to the melting pot have yyou seen http://www.black-tree-design.com Revock look nice

http://www.denizenminiatures.co.uk also have the Khiff as nice dog like aliens

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I think their are some really nice indi finds out there, it would be nice to collect them all in one place.

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Postby smokingwreckage » Thu May 03, 2007 11:35 am

Well BTD aren't exaaaactly indie.

Let me see. Kryomek USA of kryomek.com seems to have vanished. Before they did they had Kryomek and the Kryomek universe's human faction as well as some additional humans from Shatterzone or something; I really hope they're not gone for good. More than enough variety to field a fully fledged army.

Pigiron Productions are certainly indie and though they're not strange or bizarre sculpts they are quite unique (plus most of their stuff has been statted up for Defiance already!) Enough variety to field a hard-edged army of no-nonsense grunts with a beautiful selection of support weapons.
http://www.pig-iron-productions.com/ and go to the online store or gallery. They are also carried by thewarstore.com.

If you like unusual aliens then definitely check out Alpha Forge Games, they have two unique lines of alien civilisations. Not yet quite broad enough for a fully-fledged army but getting very close and well worth a look; they have a few vehicles for some factions, including a dreadnought type and a skimmer.
http://www.alphaforgegames.com/homepage.html

While GZG are established enough to not really be indie, they are certainly no GW and they have a massively broad line of sleek high-tech humans with or without power armour and a HUGE range of vehicles. GZG miniatures are also cast under license in Australia by Eureka:
http://eurekamin.com.au/
http://www.groundzerogames.net/

Hasselfree Grymn are masterfully sculpted, clean-line high-tech space dwarfs. Enough variety for a fully-fledged infantry force, but as yet no vehicles in production- they have a skimmer and a light mecha in the design phase. These are reputed to be absolutely top-notch miniatures, but they are expensive.
http://www.hasslefreeminiatures.co.uk/


Olley's Armies has enough Space Dwarf infantry to field an army, slightly limited in terms of support weapons, and no vehicles (but hey, there's lots of vehicles out there). Also featuring Texan Militia Cowboy Space Dwarfs!!
http://olleysarmies.co.uk/

Spugs, for those who don't know, are available here: http://www.satanico.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/index.htm

Amazon miniatures has some of the Legions of Steel line available, a variety of uniquely themed power armour and evil cyborgs:
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Postby Demian Rose » Fri May 04, 2007 8:19 pm

I personally like the Spugs, the Pig Iron line and the Grymn. The latter should become especially useful when the close quarters battles version of the Defiance rules comes out (yes, that means it'll be soon) - bring on the tunnel fighting dwarves!

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Postby Ironchicken » Fri May 04, 2007 10:40 pm

well i have quite a few paroom station minis... i am hoping the new defiance stuff will be able to simulate ethermarine shipboard action in IronStars :D

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Postby smokingwreckage » Sun May 06, 2007 11:02 am

For a range of cool alien infantry in various degrees on combat dress and with a variety of weapons:

http://regimentgames.com/orders.html

Scroll down to see Regiment Games' excellent Drantakh, sculpted by the redoubtable Bob Olley!


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