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Offline Inkpaduta

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Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« on: February 15, 2018, 09:01:37 PM »
Calling on the group. I am looking for fantasy figures (Dwarves, Elves, Halflings, Orcs ect) that are armed with more modern weapons. Say 1980s till today.
Are there any out there?

Thanks

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 02:05:26 AM »
The miniatures for Shadowrun feature fantasy races (elf, orc, troll, dwarf) with modern weapons, but they are in modern clothing (well 80s/90s era).

Iron Wind and RalPartha Europe have pretty much all the current releases with other OOP ones around on eBay etc.

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 04:48:04 AM »
You might have better luck swapping regular figures weapons with some from a modern weapon sprue.
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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 11:33:39 AM »
Headswaps?


Offline Inkpaduta

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2018, 06:57:38 PM »
Thanks RobH,

Shadowrun looks like a winner to me.
Not much for trying head swaps ect. But thanks for the ideas.

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2018, 07:44:54 PM »
Old 25mm humans can be used as Dwarves, especially if you add beards. Friend of mine made a whole gang of dwarves for a recent Shadowrun game using old Grenadier Gang Buster figures.
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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2018, 11:43:36 AM »
Old 25mm humans can be used as Dwarves, especially if you add beards.

I use some of the old true 25mm Shadowrun and Grenadier Cyberpunk human characters as elves alongside 28mm figures and some of the bulkier modern 28mm ranges with a headswap become orcs or trolls. The Mantic fantasy sprues give good Shadowrun sized orc heads.

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2018, 12:13:03 PM »
There are plenty of fantasy plastics you can convert, the ex Wargames Factory survivors came with an equipment sprue with AK47s, M16 and L85s plus SMGs and pistols.

Crooked Dice Minions (and law men) have separate heads so you could easily convert them to elves or less cartoony orc's.

Hasslefree have their Grymm range of ultramodern to SF people of diminutive stature. No beards though.

Offline Inkpaduta

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2018, 07:32:17 PM »
I had thought of using grymm as halflings but not sure of their size.
Would they be small enough next to Dwarf figures?

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2018, 11:50:32 PM »
I forgot the Crooked Dice Simians, bulkier than minions and again have separate heads.

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2018, 03:43:27 PM »
I love Mary Gentle's book Grunts!; basically a dimension traveling dragon has hoarded 'our world' weapons and equipment by the mountain and when it dies, it curses its hoard with 'you become what you steal'. Prompting a single small band of orcs, which steals some equipment to become 'orc-marines' to the core.

They end up changing their entire fantasy world into a fascilism of ours, but then with fantasy races, subverting every single trope into something with a modern twist. Think dwarf mechanized infantry in APC's, pegasus dive-bombers or halflings driving an armoured column.

(but in the end, world domination comes about in a rather unexpected way...)

I've always wanted to model this; could be a lot of fun, but at the time of my first reading, the only miniatures I knew were GW's, and most were metal to boot.

It strikes me that only recently, all the components have become available on the market to actually make this a reality!

The abundance of plastic kits of every variety out there will make kitbashing orc-marines or elf-GI's very easy. (and now I'm sorely temped too... lol ).

'He who stumbles around in darkness with a stick is blind. But he who sticks out in darkness is...fluorescent'

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Offline Inkpaduta

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2018, 06:45:51 PM »
That sounds like a great book I will have to give it a look.
Just ordered my first round of figures from Iron Wind Metals.
The Shadowrun figures will work great for what I want to do.

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2018, 11:24:17 AM »
You should; it's a hilarious tale and I've re-read it many times. Although there are just as many detractors as there are fans. The author's humor is not for everyone, I suppose (but it clearly was for me ;) ).

My advice; stay with it till the end, as reading only a few chapters and then dropping it will not leave one with the complete experience (the tone and direction of the tale will slowly change until it becomes clear where the tale goes off to, but don't expect too much depth; it's just a straight up parody of fantasy, mixing all possible genre-tropes (and a great deal of scifi too) with modern day technology).



Heartily recommended! 8)

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2018, 04:03:17 PM »
Just ordered my first round of figures from Iron Wind Metals.
The Shadowrun figures will work great for what I want to do.

They are great figures. What are you planning for them?

Offline Inkpaduta

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Re: Fantasy figures with modern weapons
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2018, 07:09:47 PM »
Not sure yet. Some sort of gang warfare.
Try to create some sort of story behind it that can lead to
a campaign style game. I found Shadowrun to complex for me.
I really couldn't follow history/timeline and what all the groups ect
were.

 

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