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Painted Miniature Figures For Tabletop War Games and Role-playing Games

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Giant Cavern Worm Dungeon Monster for 25-28mm Fantasy Miniatures Games
Filed under: Fantasy, Horror, 25-28 mm, Monsters
Posted by: G R @ 1:27 pm

Deep in a dark dungeon, a party of adventurers pauses to survey the dim corridor stretching in front of them. Even in the flickering glow of their torches, the way appears clear and inviting. Cautiously they move forward in search of treasure. A soundless vibration moves through the passage, a too brief warning… Suddenly, the surface of the corridor cracks apart, flat floor stones shifting and rising. A large creature bursts from beneath the floor of the corridor, scattering stone and dirt in all directions! Rearing above the adventurers’ heads, the giant cavern worm senses its prey. Its large mouth opens to reveal rows of sharp fangs that can impale its prey and draw the unfortunate victim into the creature’s stomach.

I chose to paint the monster in grub-like colors. Not unlike some of the small grubs that inhabit our lawns, feeding on the tender roots of grass.

To give the impression of the creature rising from a dungeon corridor, I crafted a base with flat floor stones being pushed up and falling away at all angles. I also added soil and rocks sliding down the worm’s sides as it rises above the floor.

This miniature provides a great large monster to confront the player characters and NPCs in a fantasy role-playing encounter. It could also be used in a horror or science fiction scenario. The figure stands 2-3/4 inches (70 mm) so it towers over the average 25-28 mm scale miniatures. The base measures 2 inches (50 mm) across.

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Boys in Blue 25mm Miniature 1920-30s Policemen for Pulp and Call of Cthulhu Games
Filed under: Pulp, Horror, 25-28 mm
Posted by: G R @ 9:50 am

Meet the Boys in Blue! These municipal policemen stand between the city’s regular citizens and the forces of evil. Whether it be the run of the mill local thieves, organized crime, and other social malcontents, or the crazed minions of Cthulhu-worshiping cults, the cops stand ready to serve and protect.

These officers of the law wear the longcoats and peaked hats found in many police departments in the 1920s and 1930s America.

They carry a variety of weapons. The traditional billy club and service revolver are common accessories used on the daily beat. But when the situation calls for it, the police can draw more powerful weapons from their armory, including shotguns, rifles and even fully automatic Thompson submachine guns!

Here are some close-up shots of individual officers.

These 25mm scale miniature figures would be right at home in many role-playing games and table top miniature games. From the historically realistic crime capers to the supernatural dangers found in Call of Cthulhu™.

Watch for future blog entries that will highlight some of the forces aligned against the Boys in Blue!

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Crazed Cultists for 25mm Miniature Gaming
Filed under: Fantasy, Pulp, Horror, 25-28 mm
Posted by: G R @ 9:50 am

Your local cultists are looking for new members. Come on down to the local summoning grounds and meet up with your robed pals. Stand around the ancient stones and sing those great old chants. Fun and games… at least until one of the Elder Gods appears!

Here is a large group of hooded cultists from a custom painting order I just completed. First thing, everyone gets into the proper mood with the initiates intoning a few low key chants while standing around a tall summoning stone.

Then the main event begins when the cult leaders show up to start the really big show. First there is the reading from the sacred tomes of knowledge. A few special artifacts get to be revealed (skull, sacramental cup). Sacrificial knives are pulled and things really heat up.

Then there is the women’s special branch to bring their particular energies to the meeting.

These are 25mm-scale miniatures. All of the figures are painted in similar colors to create the image of group cohesion. The bases are finished in outdoor soil and leaves. The figures can be used in a variety of gaming scenarios. They could represent medieval penitents in a fantasy world, devil worshipers in a Gothic horror setting, or fanatical followers in a pulp adventure. All just waiting for your band of righteous adventurers to show up and disrupt the ceremonies.

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Post Apocalypse Soldier Survivor 25mm Scale Game Miniature Figure
Filed under: Science Fiction, Horror, 25-28 mm, Zombies, Post Apocalypse
Posted by: G R @ 5:28 pm

Welcome to the apocalypse! Our hero has managed to survive the first chaotic months of the zombie plague.

A bit worse for wear (his tattered clothing speaks to some of the tight spots he has survived in the post apocalyptic world), he carries an assault rifle. He also has a semi-auto pistol in a belt holster.

A small backpack carries all of his meager possessions. A small coil of rope hangs on his shoulder.

This 25 mm scale game figure could easily assume the role of a Player Character or NPC in many role-playing games and table top war games including post apocalypse, zombie infestation, science fiction, pulp action and horror genres such as Call of Cthulhu™.

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Them! Attack of the Giant Radioactive Ants Miniatures for 15 to 28 mm War Games
Filed under: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Pulp, Horror, 25-28 mm, 15-20 mm, Post Apocalypse, Monsters
Posted by: G R @ 3:22 pm

The 1954 movie Them! was one of the best science fiction movies from the 1950s. Filmed in black and white, it followed the discovery of giant mutated ants that were the unintended result of early nuclear weapons testing in New Mexico. The expanding colonies threatened to take over the world. It was one of the first giant insect sci fi movies that appeared in the middle of the 20th century.

In the same vein, here are some giant ants to terrorize the denizens of your game world. First we have a group of worker ants. The one at the far right is emerging from the entrance to the underground colony.

Then there is the larger Queen ant!

Uh oh, our unlucky 25mm soldier has found himself confronted by several of the creatures!

Here are photos of the ants with a 15 mm scale science fiction soldier miniature.

These over sized monsters would be right at home in many science fiction, fantasy, pulp and post apocalyptic game worlds. In particular they would make for an exciting Halloween horror scenario!

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H. P. Lovecraft Horror Miniature Colour Out of Space Monster
Filed under: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, 25-28 mm, Monsters, Scratchbuilt
Posted by: G R @ 12:14 pm

This miniature creature is based on the German film “Die Farbe” which tells the H. P. Lovecraft horror story of “The Colour Out Of Space“.

Brought to Earth in a meteorite, this microscopic extraterrestrial life form slowly penetrates into the surrounding soil. In time, it begins to infect the local flora and fauna, causing all sorts of physical changes. The invader also causes severe mental aberrations in Terran life forms from the lowest insect level to humans.

Tiny bits of the life form (perhaps individual cells of a greater whole) slowly rise out of the earth, joining together to form the greater creature. The creature casts a unearthly color radiation that is not found within the normal human spectrum. (The movie directors chose to use a pinkish glow to represent the “colour”.) The eventual effects lead to victims crumbling into grey dust.

This handmade miniature attempts to show the alien life form as it begins to join together and rises out of the soil. The 25mm scale game miniature gives you a sense of scale. The base of the monster measures 1 inch (25 mm) in diameter.

This Lovecraftian horror can provide a true terror to confront your player characters in a Call of Cthulhuadventure. It can be used likewise in fantasy and science fiction scenarios as well.

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Aerial Hunter Dungeon Monster 25-28mm Scale Miniature for Fantasy and Horror RPG Games
Filed under: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, 25-28 mm, Monsters, Scratchbuilt
Posted by: G R @ 9:48 am

As they explore the dark caverns, the daring adventurers sense a movement just beyond the reach of their torchlight. Expecting to see something at ground level, they do not immediately see the large creature silently drifting toward them along shadowy recesses of the cavern’s roof.

At first glance, it’s body resembles a large rock which provides the creature with near perfect camouflage against the rocky cavern walls.

But as the monster closes in on its intended prey, the lower area splits open revealing it’s real danger, a huge mouth rimmed with large fang-like teeth! Suddenly, a long whip-like tendril shoots out from the now gaping mouth.

This tentacle-like “tongue” is tipped with a poisonous sting. A successful strike injects a powerful toxin which quickly paralyzes the victim who then is grasped by the prehensile tongue and drawn into the monster’s maw.

The 25-28mm figure gives you an idea of scale of this floating horror.

This unique handmade miniature stands about 2-3/8 inches (60mm) tall. The base measures 1-1/2 inches (38 mm) in diameter. It would be an interesting monster to have appear in a variety of role-playing game scenarios including fantasy, horror and science fiction games.

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Faceless Fiend Lovecraftian Horror for Call of Cthulhu and Other Horror Adventures
Filed under: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, 25-28 mm, Monsters
Posted by: G R @ 12:55 pm

Something large stirs in the deep recesses of the underground tomb. Its shape seems to distort in the dim flickering torchlight, constantly shifting, expanding, contracting.

You shine your flashlight beam into the shadows and a scream catches in your throat as the creature is caught full in the electric light! This monstrosity was not born on this plane of existence!

Numerous horrific mouths cover the creature, each opening and closing, waiting to consume its next prey.  Even worse are the dozens of black, demonic eyes that dot the entire body. But what truly chills you is the realization that an alien intelligence hides behind each of the eyes. That and the sense of hunger!

The skeletal remains of its previous kill can be seen in its viscous gut.

Surely this is a creature born in nightmares!

This resin/plastic miniature monster stands about 1-3/4 inches (45 mm) tall. The base measures 2 inches (50 mm) in diameter.

The sculptor has really captured the sense of unworldly horror with this 25-28mm scale miniature. It can easily be used as a Lovecraftian horror in Call of Cthulhu™, an alien life form in any science fiction adventure, or a horrific dungeon dweller in fantasy game worlds.

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Lovecraftian Horror Monster Worm for 25 to 30mm Miniature War Games
Filed under: Science Fiction, Horror, 25-28 mm, Monsters
Posted by: G R @ 9:38 am

Something moves in the shadows, near the edges of  reality. Soft moist sounds of movement fill the air with dread. A large sinuous bulk lurches into the dim light of the dank chamber. Rearing back, the creature from beyond sanity rises upright, standing taller than a human.

Multiple eyes dot the creature’s body, constantly moving in their sockets, searching the surrounding area for something.  Maybe seeking food? Glistening snake-like tendrils spread from out of the monster’s maw, greedily grasping for its next meal.

This miniature figure could be right out of the Cthulhu Mythos stories by H. P. Lovecraft and his fellow horror writers. It would be quite useful in a Call of Cthulhu™ encounter and guaranteed to cause a loss of Sanity Points.

This game miniature stands about 2 inches ( 50 mm) tall. The base measures 1-1/2 inches (38 mm) in diameter. The 28mm star warrior figure is shown for scale comparison.

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Victorian British Servants with Weapons 25mm Painted Game Miniatures
Filed under: Pulp, Horror, 25-28 mm, Victorian Science Fiction, Steampunk
Posted by: G R @ 10:09 am

Time to meet the staff. You will notice that we run a tight ship here on the manor. The servants are prepared to protect the manor house from all sorts of unwelcome visitors, including rough vagrants, agents of criminal masterminds, even the servitors of the Great Old Ones.

First off we have the butler. He is the chief servant and supervises the rest of the household staff. He also manages his Lordship’s extensive gun collection. As his eyes have lost a bit of their sharpness in later life, he has selected a sturdy double barreled shotgun to make up for slightly diminished combat skills.

Our maid handles much of the general housework about the place. She is as ready to wield her shotgun as a duster. Besides, she is quite capable of cleaning up those nasty messes made by her weapon of choice. Getting the blood stains (human or otherwise) out of the parlor carpet is a snap for her, particularly when the blood is freshly spilt.

As coachman, our man is busy with many duties around the manor house, including setting the table ware for the family and guests. He is also quite capable with his rifle in dissuading unwanted guests.

Last, but not least, is Cook. A marvel in the kitchen in preparing many wondrous dishes. She also is handy at applying her rolling pin to the heads of any miscreant who enters her domain. When harsher punishment is called for, she is rather handy with a revolver.

Never under estimate the value of good help.

These 25mm scale miniatures work well as secondary characters in many historical periods from the late 18002 to the early 20th Century.  They would be comfortable in game genres from Victorian Pulp, Steampunk, Call of Cthulhu™ and others.

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