Copplestone Castings has a new 15mm fantasy range inspired by the works of R.E. Howard. So far the listing includes both Cimmerian and Nordic barbarian types, useful animals for a prehistoric setting (wolves and cave bears), and the recent addition of ‘Picts’. These Picts are not the Dark Age variety familar to historical ancients gamers, but Hyborean primitives from Howard’s Conan and Bran Mak Morn tales. In this guise the Picts are portrayed as Stone Age savages somewhat reminiscent of the Victorian image of Neanderthals. This makes them perfect for prehistoric/ lost world gaming.
The pack I received included twelve figures in eight poses. Four poses were unique and four were doubles. The primitives are powerfully built and clad only in fur loin cloths. For weapons they carry a variety of stone axes, picks, and spears. A few figures have a trophy head hanging from the belt that keeps on their breechclouts. At first look I thought the heads were skulls, but a closer view showed them to still have noses but empty eye-sockets so I painted them grey-green as mummified. All the poses are nicely active and the weapons look suitable for bringing down megafauna.
For a paint scheme I opted for a darker skin tone than I used for the Primeaval Designs Neanderthals. As near-naked, I imagine them living in a warmer climate than the more heavily-clothed PD cavemen. Included in the gallery are comparison shots between the Copplestone Picts and Primaeval Designs Neanderthals. These make good opponents and I’m now considered a Rosny-inspired “La Guerre du Feu” adventure.
Since I have the day off for my birthday and it’s rather rainy out, I decided to post some pics of Khurasan Miniatures Salamen from their Mystri Island range. For some reason I only have one pack of these and must have picked them up over a year ago. I imagine them living in the woodlands of our lost world, remaining in caves during the dry season, and emerging during the wet season when they are most likely to be encountered. Keep an eye out for them on rainy days. My paint scheme is so-so, I tried to give them a newt look with orange belly and blue-green stripe down the crest. The javelins are bronze -tipped and I painted the belt and baldric grey to represent some other material besides leather.
The first picture is a comparison of a Blue Moon Victorian detective and a Deep One and the second is the same chap with a Salaman
I’ve neglected my blog for sometime. Very busy and I’ve not had much new material to add. To get the ball rolling again, I’ll have a look at Khurasan Miniatures excellent new ‘Deep Ones’ figures. What heresy is this? H.P. Lovecraft inspired miniatures on a prehistoric/lost world blog? If you recall your Mythos, the Great Old Ones and their minions are timeless and have dwelt upon the earth for eons before the rise of Homo Sapiens Sapiens. The Deep Ones might be the result of genetic tinkering by The Great Race of Yith during the late Devonian, or perhaps the Octopus God himself grew them as intelligent slaves from some creature such as Ichtyostega?
Khurasan’s ‘Deep Ones’ pack has 12 figures in six poses. I purchased two sets so I have quite a horde of 24 humanoids from the deep. They were a breeze to paint. I used a couple of different shades of green with a pale underbelly and yellow eyes. The bases are washers built up with Liquitex modelling paste, then dipped in sand with a tiny seashell glued on here and there.