I have had this series planned out in my head for a while now. I'll be mirroring these posts over at Dropship Horizon, as well.
The market for 15mm miniatures and models has exploded in the last few years. That's a good thing.
we as gamers are hard to satisfy, and sometimes we look for alternate
sources, alternate uses for things. We tend to repurpose and
appropriate from other scales, and make them fit into other roles.
it's an old fig you have laying around, maybe it's a good deal you
couldn't pass up, and other times it's a cool fig you just want to make
work in another scale.
I call this making a model perform "Double Duty."
long as a model isn't locked into a certain scale by size cues (doors,
hatches, etc) or long-standing brand emblems, it is a good candidate for
Double Duty. With some small modifications and repainting, a wide
number of models can be pressed into service on the 15mm tabletop.
a 28mm monster enjoys a bump up in horror and intimidation when it is
matched against 15mm figures. The predicaments faced in dungeon crawl
adventures (and their sci-fi equivalents) can be made much more
Alien monsters that are no big deal facing
off against 28mm heroes are now towering monstrosities when pitted
against 15mm figs. There's an amplification of the threat in size and
proportion. Take a look at Reaper's famed dragon figures. You think they're big in 28mm? Put them up against 15mm figs, and the largest of them can pass for Kaiju! ;)
As a quick "for instance," I'll focus today on using 28mm sculpted figs in 15mm settings.
Cyber-Reavers, from their Chronoscope Range
Copplestone Castings' Terminator Robots (Code FW15) from their Future Wars Range.
Found on Amazon.
Nothing says your lumbering, unstoppable, metal-clad-skeleton enemies
have to be the same size as the human troops they are fighting. A 28mm
scale deathbot, or Terminator, or Necron, is usually well over an inch
and a quarter tall (32mm for you metric types). Translate that to 15mm
scale (at the 1/100th fractional equivalent), and that deathbot is now
over 10 feet tall.
The XAIRobots) from Reaper can be bought as a pack, or multiples of a single type. Link here.
Warmachine's Eradicators do very nicely, in my opinion, as do many other units from their new Convergence faction.
aliens, again, nothing says they have to be the same proportions as
your human troops. Different ecologies on different planets are going
to result in different sizes of life forms.
Kulathian Invaders from Reaper are
28mm figs that would easily be giant aliens when put up against 15mm
troops. They're big, ugly, and mean-looking. Perfect for augmenting a
pirate band or organic army, or as a stand-alone force.
Bathalian Drone. A lot of the Bathalian miniatures
make for fearsome, giant-sized organic aliens when doing Double Duty,
and a number of them are being done in the Bones material, which should
bring costs down if you don't want to pay for metal.
here on Amazon.
that's part one. As you can see, the focus was on 28mm troop figures.
We will concentrate on larger figs that can pass as mechs (and their
equivalents) when we visit this Double Duty topic again.
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