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Author Topic: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?  (Read 581 times)

Offline Jack Hooligan

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Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:14:41 PM »
Re-reading my classic Heroes for Wargames book, I wanna get some of these sort of models. but instead of chasing down expensive 80s citadel minis, what are some modern lines that provide the same aesthetic and style...though hopefully don't cost as much?
« Last Edit: October 30, 2020, 02:25:36 PM by Jack Hooligan »

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Re: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2020, 03:25:04 PM »
My experience with eBay is that you can pick up the very things you see in Heroes for Wargames (preslotta Citadel for the most part) for the same or less than you'd pay for modern metal miniatures. There are regular job lots of preslotta goodness going very reasonably. The prices seem to jump a lot when you get to the slottabased stuff, but many of the best pictures in the book are of preslotta miniatures. For example, the classic warriors and knights of chaos (pp 82-83) are often to be found for two or three quid apiece. The C15 armoured orcs (concept sketch p 46) come up all the time on eBay and are often to be had cheaply.

Beyond that, some miniatures of that era are still 'in print'. Quite a few of these fellows feature in Heroes for Wargames (p 105), for example, and the Asgard (half-)troll champion on pages 95 and 109 is still to be had from Viking Forge, as is the Asgard orc that Kev Adams converted (p85, top left).

From that era (though not that book), there's all the Nick Lund Grenadier stuff to be had from Forlorn Hope, EM4 and Mirliton (along with lots of the other 80s Grenadier ranges). And Midlam still produce some of the Metal Magic range.



Offline Cat

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Re: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2020, 04:30:17 PM »
Ral Partha Legacy is on the cusp of relaunching with a new website.  They're still working the bugs out of the system, and I've been following them on Facebook to get word as soon as the site is up.  Real Soon Now™
https://www.facebook.com/pg/RalParthaLegacy

And Mirliton carries the old Grenadier 25s:
https://www.mirliton.it/index.php?route=common/home
« Last Edit: October 30, 2020, 04:37:43 PM by Cat »

Offline Morts

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Re: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2020, 05:01:06 PM »
I would suggest

http://satanicpanic.co.uk/

The ranges are really good homages to the early 80s C series miniatures.
Mark is a good guy to contact and is in the process of dispatching the Hobgoblin kickstarter.
I think the next Kickstarter is going to be a giant kit. 

Morts

Offline Battle Brush Sigur

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Re: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2020, 05:12:08 PM »
Eureka are worth a look as well. Also: Black Tree Design have some great fantasy figures.

Offline King Arthur

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Re: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2020, 06:50:04 PM »
You have to check out Knightmare Miniatures, a lot of sculpts done by Kev Adams and they ooze 1980’s Warhammer.

Offline Jack Hooligan

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Re: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2020, 07:07:13 PM »
My experience with eBay is that you can pick up the very things you see in Heroes for Wargames (preslotta Citadel for the most part) for the same or less than you'd pay for modern metal miniatures. There are regular job lots of preslotta goodness going very reasonably. The prices seem to jump a lot when you get to the slottabased stuff, but many of the best pictures in the book are of preslotta miniatures. For example, the classic warriors and knights of chaos (pp 82-83) are often to be found for two or three quid apiece. The C15 armoured orcs (concept sketch p 46) come up all the time on eBay and are often to be had cheaply.

Beyond that, some miniatures of that era are still 'in print'. Quite a few of these fellows feature in Heroes for Wargames (p 105), for example, and the Asgard (half-)troll champion on pages 95 and 109 is still to be had from Viking Forge, as is the Asgard orc that Kev Adams converted (p85, top left).

From that era (though not that book), there's all the Nick Lund Grenadier stuff to be had from Forlorn Hope, EM4 and Mirliton (along with lots of the other 80s Grenadier ranges). And Midlam still produce some of the Metal Magic range.

wow, great use of page numbers to reference. Cheers for that! for the Chaos Warriors on pp 82-83...how do you search for them on ebay. 'Chaos Warriors' comes back with a lot of modern stuff to sift through.

Thanks everyone though for the suggestions! Now I've got to find ones similar in scale to the Oathmark plastics.

Offline Diablo Jon

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Re: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2020, 09:11:17 PM »
Might be worth checking out old school miniatures.
 
https://www.oldschoolminiatures.co.uk/

and Diehard miniatures

https://diehardminiatures.com/product-category/fantasy-miniatures/

both sell new miniatures with an old school Games Workshop vibe

With regards to eBay searches you could try looking on stuff of legends to find the original names and codes of old Citadel miniatures

http://www.solegends.com/citadel/index.htm

Also I find if you go to wargames and roleplaying on eBay and type in dates like 1985 you get plenty of old school miniature hits.
« Last Edit: October 30, 2020, 09:14:27 PM by Diablo Jon »

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Re: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2020, 10:58:15 PM »
Searching for "preslotta pre-slotta pre slotta" brings up lots of stuff on eBay. As a rule of thumb, the more carefully it's identified in the description, the more expensive it's likely to be. But you can often pick up 80s figures for around a quid apiece in job lots.

Offline Elbows

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Re: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2020, 11:06:51 PM »
While I don't know if this fits your criteria, if you're doing D&D related stuff, Otherworld Miniatures still has superb sculpts through most of their range.  They're based around 80's old school D&D book art though, and not necessarily replicas of the sculpt style.  So...in short...kinda? :D




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(2019: 123, 2018: 98, 2017: 226, 2016: 233, 2015: 32, 2014: 116)

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Re: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2020, 11:45:43 PM »
Midlam, em4 and ral partha europe are great stores, I recommand them.

Offline Mason

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Re: Best Modern Lines For 80s Old School Style Minis?
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2020, 08:30:35 AM »
Bears Head Miniatures has some great offerings:

https://www.bearsheadminis.com/


 

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