15mm Primaeval Designs Allosaurus

Just before I was laid up in the hospital, I sent off an order for Primaeval Designs’ new 15mm Allosaurus. Big Al and I go way back and it was perhaps my favorite theropod when I was young. While T-Rex may be bigger and smarter, the more gracile Allosaurus always seemed more dangerous. Allosaurus looks like he might actually run you down.

For a paint scheme I went for a sun-dappled look. This was inspired by a couple of lizard photos I found online. The model measures 9cm long. At 1/100 that would make Primaeval Design’s offering about 29.5′ long. This makes our animal slightly longer than the average specimen of Allosaurus Fragilis (8.5m)-in other words perfectly acceptable. We have a big boy here!

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Copplestone Picts

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.

Khurasan Salamen

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

Khurasan 15mm Deep Ones

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?

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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.

Highlander Studios Space 1889 characters

I painted these a few weeks ago, but overlooked adding a post. Here are the new Space 1889 Earthlings by Highlander Studios. These figures are 18mm and are designed to be used with the Space 1889 wargame/RPG. They come in two packs with 4 unique figures in each armed with a mix of conventional weapons and VSF heat rays/lightning guns/ flamers. Though intended for VSF interplanetary conflict, of course they can find their way into lost world adventures. Maybe the heat ray is a patented Edison Anti-Dinosaur rifle? Maybe the armored fellow has been hired by P.T. Barnum to capture some specimens and has a tank of sleep gas on his back and armor to ward the packs of hungry dromaeosaurs?

Jurassic Vegans

With my previous post looking at the Jurassic theropods, now I’ll have a look at Magister Militums’ Jurassic herbivores. Again these are 10mm but very usable with 15mm adventurers and animals. In fact, two of the three miniatures fit in as 15mm dinosaurs as is.

First up we have Scelidosaurus, a small herbivore whose fossils have been found in various places including the British Isles and North America. This creature may have been the ancestor of the Cretaceous ankylosaurs. The Magister Militum model is very nice and does the little beast justice. The living animal was about 3.8 meters long (12.5 ‘) and the model is 27mm nose to tail-tip, making it 9′ with 15mm figures. Again the model is quite nice with nicely detailed osteoderms covering the back. I’m glad I bought two.

Next we have another armored dinosaur Kentrosaurus, a stegosaur from Tanzania. The living Kentrosaurus was up to 4.5 meters (15′) long and the Magister Militum offering measures 4cm. At 1/100th scale this makes the Kentrosaurus model approximately 13′ long.  This is another nice model with excellent detail. Too bad my inept photography makes it look like a gum-machine toy. The Kentrosaur was rather interesting in that it had Stegosaurus-like plates on the front half of its back with a double row of  spikes on the rear half .  Typical of stegosaurs, Kentrosaurus’ tail ends in a “thagomizer” -a word I did not know existed until this year. I’m thinking of saying to my wife “I think I need a thagomizer” and she’ll reply “I think they have those at the pharmacy.”

Lastly we have good ol’ Camptosaurus, a dinosaur known since 1879. Camptosaurus was another in the long line of dinosaurs that filled the niche now occupied by many ungulate mammals. This makes them an unassuming critter that likely wandered about constantly browsing the low-growing vegetation.  This is true Allosaurus food. Originally the first specimens of Camptosaurus were mounted in an upright stance like a kangaroo, but the latest anatomical studies reveal that it was mostly a quadruped. Magister Militum opted for a compromise and have the animal bipedal but with its back horizontal. This is acceptable since Camptosaurus appears capable of bipedal movement. In the BBC Planet Dinosaur series Camptosaurus is reconstructed using bipedal locomotion to flee from an Allosaurus. It seems many of these herbivores could rear on their hind legs to reach leaves and possibly run short distances.  The Camptosaurus model is 5 cm long which actually makes the figure closer in scale to 15mm as according to Paul’s “The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs”, Camptosaurus was about 5 meters (16′) long.

Magister Militum Jurassic Theropods

I’ve been a little quiet since Halloween so I have returned with more useful 10mm dinosaurs from Magister Militum. As I have repeated on previous posts, the 10mm dinosaurs fit in fine with 15mm figures as younger specimens of the same species or as stand-ins for other animals.  This lot is from the Jurassic range and represent three different theropod predators-Gasosaurus, Eustreptospondylus, and Allosaurus.

Gasosaurus was a small theropod found at Dashanpu fossil quarry in Sichuan Province China. It is noted to be only 3.5 to 4 meters long, but some controversy exists as to whether the fragmentary remains are of a juvenile. I bought two of the little Magister Militum models. I forgot to measure them, but from my own pics they look to be 20-25 mm long. This would put them in the 8-10′ range when compared to 15mm figures. Big enough to take out the unwary or unlucky explorer.

Eustreptospondylus roamed the island archipelago that would one day become the British Isles. It has been classified as a variety of Megalosaur, but the only known specimins are small. Maybe juvenile or adapted to island life through dwarfism. The Magister Militum model is 5.5cm long which actually scales it nearer 15mm when compared to the 4.63 meters of the fossils. In 1/1ooth scale 5.5 cm would translate to approximately 18′.

Last but not least is the Magister Militum Allosaur. A

nother dinosaur that the size is relative when you consider the large number of species of  Allosaurs that spread across the Northern Hemisphere during the Jurassic. Allosaurus is one of those very familiar dinosaurs whose anatomy is completely known. The Magister Militum model is nice , but the head lacks the prominent brow-horns of the North American A. Fragilis.  Don’t worry though, in the wonderful world of prehistoric life we soon discover that a Chinese allosaurid has been found with less obvious brow-horns so our Magister Militum model can represent this monster. The casting is 7cm long making a 23′ animal when used with 15mm miniatures.