Should you have examined my brain a couple of weeks ago, it would have seemedÂ evident that the “28mm” synapses were firing perfectly. A smatteringÂ of theÂ many, many Reaper Bones I now own were being painted, and I wasÂ even constructingÂ some appropriately-scaled buildings and terrain.Â IÂ noticed, but successfully defeated the urge to throw in for, the Dwarven Forge City Builder kickstarter. I was already hard at work on some Hirst Arts/foam core hybrids (which we shall examine anon).
High from this victory, IÂ unfortunatelyÂ rode smackÂ into an ambush. 15mm.co.ukÂ announced a preorder for a quintetÂ ofÂ absolute lovelies… resistance was futile. MyÂ rationale for parting with money was that I do have a bit of a collection of 15mm figures already painted and ready to play.Â The buildings can be used for fantasy (âˆš), pirates (got ’em), pulp and VSF (umm…, YES!). So, despite no email confirmation as of yet, the line-upÂ you see below oughtÂ to be winging itsÂ way over the pond to me.
Upon arrival, they’ll join theÂ nascent collection of 15mm terrain I began cobbling together in younger days. For years, I scouredÂ the interwebÂ for plans intended for oh-so-popular 28mm miniatures and rescaled them for my own nefarious purposes. These two beauties on the right were based upon plans plundered from the oldÂ Games Workshop website (back in the days when they tried to help one to learn, rather than to help one to spend). Even shrunk, I still think I made ’em too big â€” they’ll dwarf the compact accommodations from 15mm.co.uk. I also should have devotedÂ more time toÂ that thatch. It looks like a lovable mop top.
In the early years of the currentÂ millennium, Gary Chalk ran an online shop called the Little Grenadier. He endeavored to sell his plans for wargames buildings directly to people online, rather than having them published in Wargames Illustrated. Well, he tired of this after awhile and shut down the store. The simple cottage above was one of the plans, Â reduced to house 15mm peasantry.
The vignette above (one of my favorite things that I have ever built) was from Gary’s Pirate Buildings plans in Wargames Illustrated. In my VSF setting of Isla Victoria, tudor and pirate architecture will stand proudly side-by-side.
Finally, theÂ last one shouldÂ look familiar to old-school grognards. This would be the 15mm version ofÂ Pasha Ali’s fortified palace, originally created by David Helber, also known asÂ Major GeneralÂ Tremorden Rederring. The wily Major General didn’t provide plans for this one, so I had to reverse engineer from looking at the photos on his website.
My point is, then, that I have the makings of a great fantasy or VSF town in two scales. Maybe others of you share this sickness?
Our next episode will feature the larger scale buildings upon which I’ve been laboring in 2015.