Heroes On The Table
Painted Miniature Figures For Tabletop War Games and Role-playing Games

February 2018
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Treasure Hordes for 20 to 30 mm Role-playing and War Games
Filed under: General, Fantasy, Pulp, 25-28 mm, Pirates, Scratchbuilt
Posted by: G R @ 9:13 am

A bit of a departure from our usual fare. Although not exactly a miniature figure, these small scenery pieces are pretty related to our regular topic so I hope you find them of interest.

Treasure! Gold, gems, magical items!  It’s what every adventurer hopes to find!

These custom-made painted scenery pieces can be used as objective markers for your 20-30mm fantasy tabletop war gaming such as Warhammer Fantasy. They can also be used in many role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons.

The base of each treasure measures about 1-1/4 inches (32 mm) in diameter. Here is one of the treasure hoards shown with a 25mm scale miniature to give you an idea of size.

These treasure piles and other miniature scenery pieces can be found at my store along with my painted figures. If you have an interest in miniature scenery and terrain, you can find much more information on my Universal Terrain blog.

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Rat Man Shaman Cleric with Staff and Sword Fantasy Miniature Figure 25-28mm Scale
Filed under: Fantasy, 25-28 mm, Monsters
Posted by: G R @ 9:17 am

Rat men populations can be found in many fantasy gaming worlds. These intelligent creatures form fairly complex societies. This individual is a shaman for his nest.

He carries a staff in his right hand. This is a symbol of his leadership position in his clan. The staff is adorned with various religious totems including an ancestral skull and a small metal bell.

Unlike the religious members in many human societies, the rat man cleric is not prohibited from the use of blade weapons in combat as proven by the nasty sword he wields in his left hand.

Rat men can provide interesting encounters in many fantasy role-playing games. In fact, for those game systems that allow it, why not include a rat man in your adventuring party of Player Characters for some different player interactions?

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Greater Orc Warrior With Sword and Shield 25mm Fantasy Miniature
Filed under: Fantasy, 25-28 mm, Monsters
Posted by: G R @ 3:30 pm

Let’s start off 2017 with this big nasty fantasy character!

Larger than man-size, Greater Orcs make for fierce opponents on the fantasy battlefield. Their size and strength often lets them simply overpower lesser fighters.

This Greater Orc warrior carries a sword and shield into battle. His shield is wooden faced with metal plates.

He wears studded leather armor over a chainmail coat. Additional protection in battle is afforded by his spiked helmet with chainmail side coverings.

He also carries a curved dagger in a sheath on his belt.

The sculptor has really captured the offensive and frightening character of this Greater Orc fighter with the primal battle roar coming from his wide open mouth.

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Female Druid Spellcaster 25-28mm Fantasy Miniature
Filed under: Fantasy, 25-28 mm
Posted by: G R @ 1:10 pm

Unnatural winds rise, billowing her cloak and clothing around this female druid as she prepares a to call upon arcane forces.

She holds a ritual dagger above her head.

A scroll tube hangs from her belt hinting at her spell casting abilities.

The sculptor has done a nice job in capturing the flow of movement in the figure.

This 25-28mm scale miniature figure could appear in many fantasy role-playing game scenarios including Dungeons & Dragons® and Warhammer Fantasy®.

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Pair of Armored Foot Knights for 25-28mm Fantasy Miniature Games
Filed under: Fantasy, 25-28 mm
Posted by: G R @ 9:45 am

Your adventurers will encounter all sorts of folk on the roads of the realm. Among them may be wandering knights. Some of these warriors may be in search of personal glory, some in pursuit of protecting the righteous. Others may be fighters who have been on the losing side of battles and looking to replace lost their patron. A few even may have lost their way and now simply seek treasure for themselves.

This pair of armored foot knights wear chainmail armor under their tunics. Plate mail on arms and legs add to their protection. Both carry footmen’s shields.

Our first fellow wields a longsword as his weapon of choice.

The second warrior prefers a sturdy mace, although he also carries a longsword in the scabbard on his belt.

These 25-28mm scale figures could appear in most fantasy role-playing games and table top miniature war games.

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Traveling Wizard with Owl Familiar 28mm Scale Fantasy Miniature
Filed under: Fantasy, 25-28 mm
Posted by: G R @ 11:56 am

This wizard is prepared to be off adventuring down the open road. He has donned a heavy traveling cloak along with a peaked hat to protect him from inclement weather.

In his left hand he carries a stout enchanted wooden staff which serves as a focus for his arcane powers.

A leather pouch containing various spell components and personal items hangs from his belt. In addition, a metal-tipped wooden wand dangles from the belt within easy reach should he need to cast a spell quickly.

Perched on his right wrist is his faithful traveling companion, an owl familiar.

This 28mm scale game miniature could represent a wandering mage encountered by the player characters in many fantasy 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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1920-1930s Criminal Gang Members for 25-28mm Scale Miniatures Games
Filed under: Pulp, 25-28 mm
Posted by: G R @ 5:48 am

Last time we got to meet some of the run of the mill street thugs that could turn up in your 1920-1930s miniatures games. Today we will move up a few steps in the criminal hierarchy. Here are members of a small underworld gang who have tackled some more organized criminal activities.

The gang leader is the brains of the outfit. He is the one who thinks things through and plans the gang’s activities. Of course, he is willing to resort to a more hands-on approach when needed as indicated by his choice of a pump shotgun.

Bank robberies bring a good amount of cash flow to the gang’s coffers. Here is a member fully decked out in his work clothes for making surprise bank withdrawals, including the face mask and small semiautomatic pistol.

Some situations may require a heavier punch. That is when the gang brings out the BAR Browning Automatic Rifle! This comes in handy for convincing a truck driver that it is time for his cargo to be transferred to new ownership, or to inflict heavy damage on a competitor’s brewery operations!

These 25-28mm scale figures perform well in any pulp gangland styled miniatures game. They can also be useful as characters involved in red-herring subplots of Call of Cthulhurole-playing adventures.

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1920-30s Street Thugs 25-28mm Miniatures for Pulp Games and Call of Cthulhu
Filed under: Pulp, 25-28 mm
Posted by: G R @ 3:05 pm

In my last post, I introduced the Boys in Blue municipal policemen from the 1920-30s. Since the long arm of the law needs some opponents to make life in the city interesting, let’s start with a few common street thugs. These guys are always watching out for unwelcome competitors wandering into their territory.

Baseball is America’s favorite pastime. Everyone loves the game. Of course, some of the rougher boys on the street recognize the multi-purpose uses for the bat. Makes a great tool for cracking some heads!

Naturally, the simple, but classic small blade is always popular with the tough guys. Readily stashed to avoid unwanted attention, but easy to put into use.

And some times, you just have to bring out some specialized equipment, like this double barrel shotgun!

As with the previous coppers, these figures are designed for 25-30mm scale miniatures games. They can easily look good standing around the street corners of early 20th Century towns and cities in Pulp and Call of Cthulhugames.

Next time we will look at some of the higher level bad guys.

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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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