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Offline Chairface

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Ancient Mythology Ranges & Reviews
« on: February 26, 2012, 04:36:02 AM »
Ever since Foundry's Tribes of Legend rules were released I've been interested in Greek Myth gaming. I've been doing an extensive search for miniature sources and have put this together:

Foundry – Foundry has some of the best and worst Mythological minis out there.  The release of tribes Of Legend has spurred interest in Greek Myth gaming. Many of the earlier packs feature incredible sculpts that cry our for a paintbrush. Unfortunately the newer releases are of mixed quality. Like them or hate them, Foundry has the largest and most varied variety of Greek Mythology figures.



 http://www.foundryfantasy.com/miniatures/collections/greek_mythology/#

Reaper – These are just a few of the superb and affordable Myth related miniatures  in Reaper’s incredible catalogue. There is a monster for any mythic occasion and the figure finder is a valuable tool.

                                                                   


http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore

Bronze Age

I can’t say enough good things about this small range of miniatures. Matakishi recently painted up a few that look amazing. A warning, they are 32mm, a bit bigger that 28mm, but Achilles, Hercules and Perseus should be slightly larger than life anyways. In addition there are some fantastic looking centaurs in the fantasy section.


http://www.bronzeagemin.com/miniatures_html/32MM/historical/Greeks/greeks32mm.htm

Chiltern / SHQ
A fairly thorough collection of the Gods and Heroes of Greek Myth originally from Chiltern and now available through SHQ. I was of the opinion  that these were fairly low quality, but I realized when I saw the following pictures that with a good coat of paint they could look beautiful.


http://www.shqminiatures.co.uk/Ranges/25mmFantasy/fantasymain.php?UID=20120225205205174.114.71.144
Blog: http://blog.pierrickauger.fr/category/jeux-de-figurines/page/14/

Grenadier/ Mirliton

These are from the Monsters of Myth box set, long out of print. Mega Minis has a few in their catalogue but for the most past eBay is your best bet. Edit Thanks to Area23 who has pointed out that most of the range is available from the good folks at Mirliton


http://www.mirliton.it/index.php?cName=fantasy-2528mm-creatures
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~tpope/sol/grenadier/fantasy-lords-boxed-sets.html

Steve Barber – Some decent models here. The tree with the Golden Fleece is a must have for an Argonaut game.


http://www.sbarber-models.clara.net/main.html

Eureka – A nice selection of Satyrs, Centaurs, Amazons with a few excellent skeletal hoplites


http://eurekamin.com.au/index.php?cPath=87_126_715

ShadowForge - Another Australian company that makes some great looking female models. I haven't visited their website in a while and was pleased to see not only female warriors, but Satyrs and Centaurs as well. I was especially impressed with the Dionesean Maenads which seem particularily useful.



http://www.shadowforge.com.au/ in the Fantasy section

Crocodile Games - Wargods of Olympus - A very nice looking range with an interesting mix of Spartans, Titans, Myceneans and Satyrs. Well sculpted although I'm not crazy about the Titans.

https://www.crocodilegames.com/store/itemList.cfm?catID=18&sort=prodID

Heroclix – there are a handful of useful figures in this large range, on both the DC and Marvel side of things. Here are just a few, Hercules and Ares. I love the Ares Marvel version of Ares in particular.



Fenryll There are several nice models available in resin from Fenryll. They have most of the common Greek monsters and the temple below is lovely and on my to buy list. I was particularily struck by their version of Athena. It is in 54mm scale, but shouldn't the gods be a little bit bigger than mortals? Check out the amazons as well.

http://www.fenryll.com/index.php

Hasslefree – This company has two figures that are usable in a Greek Myths setting sculpted by the talented Kev White, strangely enough both named Artemis. They aren’t supposed to be the actual goddess, but I have to say that they could definitely be used as Goddesses, if not as Artemis herself. The first mini is 40mm scale, but not too big to be an immortal.



http://www.hfminis.co.uk/

Darksword - I have to thank Argsilverson for putting me on to the this particular Game of Thrones model based on the great painting "Birth of Aphrodite" by Botticelli. It will take a better converter than me to greenstuff her back into Aphrodite, but I think that someone should try it. Their Medusa is also quite nice.


http://www.darkswordminiatures.com/

Pulp City I just happily stumbled across this fig, the Hellsmith. Could be used as Hephaestus or even Ares. Scale wise he looks to tower over other figures in the Pulp City range.  

http://store.pulp-city.com/spree/products/75/product/HellsmithG.jpg?1292782509

Gorgon Studios – This small company only has one mini in it’s Mythic World section, Pythia Oracle of Delphi. Thankfully it is a great one. Definitely on my to buy list.

http://www.gorgon-studios.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=10

Others - I know that there are many other companies with mythologicaly inspired figs. Centaurs, Minotaurs and Cyclops abound in dozens of different fantasy ranges, too numerous to point them all out here. And I know that there are some obvious companies that I have missed. Please share your favourites!

Edit: Otherworld, Ironwind and Olympian Heros and Horrors are well covered in the posts immediately below! Fantastic minis. Thank you!
« Last Edit: July 23, 2015, 12:33:38 AM by Mad Doc Morris »

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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2012, 07:01:14 AM »
Shadowforge from Australia also do some nice Amazons and Medusae/Naga types. Don't have a link though (on the mobile)

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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012, 11:01:54 AM »
Eureka Miniatures has skeletal hoplites too.

Otherworld has a Medusa, harpies, centaurs, satyr,...



Ral Partha Europe: cyclopses (also see the crucible ones)


Ironwind Metals (some are available from Ral Partha Europe too, others aren't)
They have a lot of figures that are inspried by Ray Harryhausen movies. Also: minotaures, manticores, chimera's, centaurs,...

Andromeda:

Cyclops

Skeletal Cyclops

Skeletal Titan

Titans (several variants)

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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2012, 12:00:36 PM »
Excalibur Miniatures do harpies by Werner Klocke:
http://www.excalibur-miniatures.com/shop/index.php?cPath=4_14&page=2

Mirliton do much of the old Grenadier line.
Amazons by Bob Naismith, but also the mythological creatures mentioned above:
http://www.mirliton.it/index.php?cName=fantasy-2528mm-creatures
there's also an undead cyclops in the undead range.

Crocodile games do the Olympus range with Greek myth creatures and heroic scale Spartans.

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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2012, 12:37:18 PM »
Barry Minot did an 'Olympians Heroes and Horrors' range in the late 70s / early 80's....not very compatible with todays minis but nice nonetheless.......


Most are pictured on the Lost Minis WIKI....

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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2012, 04:13:06 PM »
Great run down, Chairface.
Thanks for getting it started.
Always have wanted to do Jason and the Argonauts.
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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2012, 02:48:39 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions guys. White Knight, thank you for the link to the Iron Wind  site. I knew that they had a few minis, but I find their website difficult to navigate. I will be buying Andromeda and the Krake... er Titan in the near future. And the Olympian Heros and Horrors are wonderful, even if the Aphrodite looks like a blow up doll. :) I have updated the Grenadier and Eureka entries. I also added WarGods of Olympus, DarkSword and Shadowforge to the list.

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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2012, 03:12:45 AM »
Love the Otherworld harpies!!  I have the Ral Partha (Ironwind) Cyclops, it's small giant size not the titan size you would expect.
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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2012, 10:01:48 AM »
Top notch idea. Now sticky.

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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2012, 06:42:43 PM »
Top notch idea. Now sticky.

Excellent. I'll add new stuff as it comes out

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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2012, 03:14:01 AM »
Updated with Fenryll. Lovely Athena in 54mm!

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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2012, 06:21:11 PM »
Updated with Pulp City Hellsmith. Love this mini!

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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2012, 12:07:48 AM »
BTD Cyclop


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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2012, 02:19:17 AM »
Nice and interesting subject.
I remember there was some Neptune somewhere but still I cannot locate him.

However I would like to add one link . Its the Willie harlequinade range who has some useful bits, like Pan, a greek godess and male and female centaurs, all unarmed, which sometimes can be handy.
Here is the link:
http://www.traditionoflondon.com/
I suppose that the link doesnot go directly but from navigation bar select
30mm Willie  and then Harlequinade Fantasy Female figures

Further sources you can find and mostly rather cheaper than actual metal figures.
See the souvenir shops near the main museums with greek and roman antiquities. they usually have some interesting pieces that can be pressed in service.

And last tip: There are some mythical figures in 15mm. Check them some might also be suitable !


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Re: Greek Mythology Showcase
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2012, 01:07:54 PM »
From Reaper Mini, a small search with "Zodiac" give 12 items like this :



and




nervisfr, gone in the nearby wood from home :-*

this chap could be interesting too :
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