Alternative miniature companies
#1
As we all know, buying models strictly from GW is really expensive, and for a Dogs of War army, not necessarily the best. Unless you want to cough up lots of dough on buying the very limited RoR to use as regular mercenary troops, I recommend looking through these links. Feel free to add any more companies you can think of to the list.

http://www.oldgloryminiatures.com/ - smaller scale than GW, but shouldn't be much of a problem. Models sold in packs of 30 for infantry and 10 for cavalry, great for army building. Range is huge, you can make Tilean armies, Norse armies, Landsknechts, Kislev, Pirates, Araby, Cathay, Nippon, you name it. Price level is about 3 times as cheap as GW!

http://www.perry-miniatures.com/index2.html - great sculpts, scale on par with LotR. War of the Roses and Hundred years war makes for excellent Dogs of War.

http://www.blacktreedesign.com/europe/home.php - nice sculpts, great prices, huge range of alternate warhammer models. A warning though, shipping is the slowest I have ever experienced, can take up to 6 months!

http://www.reapermini.com/ - great for characters, at great prices. Range is huge here too, you'll bound to find something you like. Sculpting is almost on par with GW, for less than half the price.

http://www.wargamesfoundry.com/main.asp - huge range, great sculpts. About GW's price range though. Landsknechts range makes excellent mercs.

http://www.frontrank.com/ - good prices, good sculpts. War of the Roses range recommend for Dogs of War.

http://www.theassaultgroup.com/ - good sculpts, okay prices. Quite a good range of renaissance models such as ottomans and russians among others.

http://www.grippingbeast.com/shop.php - great range of medieval miniatures, not much in terms of Renaissance though.

http://www.artizandesigns.com/index.php - makes a range of Landsknechts worth checking out, good prices.

http://www.eurekamin.com.au/ - has some conquistadors and pirates among others.

http://www.gamezoneminiatures.de/ - awesome sculpt, GW pricing. Check out their Imperial range for some excellent conquistador models.

http://www.mirliton.it/ - good range of fantasy humans, perfect for Dogs Of War armies. Also has a condotta/Italian range.

http://www.manticgames.com/ - this new company has as of yet only released elves and undead, but stay tuned for more updates, we might see a human army one day.

http://www.westwindproductions.co.uk/catalog/index.php - also carried by Old Glory. Check out their Dwarf Wars range, it's pretty awesome.

http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/ - decent range of renaissance models, could be used for Kislev and Araby armies.

http://ironwindmetals.com/catalog/index.php - decent range of various fantasy models.

http://www.rafm.com/Merchant2/merchant.m...y_Code=MER - decent range of various fantasy models.

http://darkswordminiatures.com/store.html - big range of fantasy models, could be used for characters for Dogs of War.

http://www.red-box-games.com/shop/index.php - makes some really awesome character models, especially Norse

Oh, and mod please sticky this so it's easy to find.
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#2
Nice list. I'd add Wargames Factory (http://www.wargamesfactory.com) for their upcoming Viking set (useful for Norse) and Warlord Games (http://www.warlordgames.co.uk), especially the Pike & Shotte ECW range. Renegade Miniatures (http://www.renegademiniatures.com) also carries a limited ECW range including some nice Pikemen, as does Bicorne Miniatures (http://www.bicorne.net). Wargames Factory and Warlord Games come out a bit cheaper than GW, I think. Renegade is slightly more expensive (but at this point it's still hard to scoff at $30 for 16 metal Pikemen, even if they don't come with weapons). Bicorne will depend, I think. Online they're about equivalent with Renegade, but in my LFGS they either have old prices or did a 1-1 dollars to pounds, because a pack of 8 is less than $10.Big Grin
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#3
I just ordered a few mini's of this site: http://www.hasslefreeminiatures.co.uk/

They got a nice pirate-theme and 2 cool halfling models (one of them will be the paymaster of my army)
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#4
I also really like http://www.ultraforgeminiatures.com/ for their dragon (a good Asarnil stand-in) and their giant. I wouldn't call them bargains exactly, but the quality is on par with forge world.

For dwarf units I think these are arguably the best figs out there:
http://www.sciborminiatures.com/en_,shop.php?art=839
Though expensive the detail and character is awesome.

Also I think the old celtos Gael line is a good option for norse marauder units.
http://www.brigademodels.co.uk/Frames/CL...Gaels.html
They have plenty of two-handed weapon options.
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#5
Others to consider are:

http://vendelminiatures.co.uk/index.php?...9696ae5636

Their Elizabethan, Border Reiver and Fantasy figs can all find a use in Dogs of War.

http://www.amazonminiatures.com/

For their components/bitz section - you will have to look around!

http://www.bearsdenminiatures.com/

Their Renaissance line has many possibilities for Dogs of War, and their later Polish for Kislevites. Other ranges could cover Araby etc.

http://www.bicorne.net/catalog/index.php/cPath/292_1_30

Some of the ECW range can work in Dogs of War/Empire.

http://www.blackhat.co.uk/online_shop/in...0e3b72256f

Their Shattered Ilses and Dragon King ranges have some interesting alternatives - Orc buccaneers anyone? And some Halfling Militia for Mr Baggins!

http://www.em4miniatures.com/

For Marauders, and more of Mr Bagginses short guys.

http://www.hinchliffe.co.uk/home.htm

Plenty of renaissance and medieval figs at cheap prices to cover most Dogs of War and Kislevite needs.

http://www.hindsfiguresltd.com/home.htm

Sister site to Hinchliffe with more figs for Dogs of War.
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#6
I've had a look over some of the other sites I use - mainly historicals - and think these may be of interest. Many of them have been going for years, and the sculpts may not be up to GW/current standards in many cases, but still more than useful:

http://www.denizenminiatures.co.uk/

I have used Denizen figs for 25+ years - a bit small, but cheap and nicely sculpted. No Tilean types, but plenty for marauders, dwarves, cursed co., fillers etc.

http://www.garrisonminiatures.com/catalogue_brand.asp

Garrison figs go waaaay back! The ECW and Fantasy range have some interesting pikeman etc that are nice and cheap! Also some marauder and Araby proxies and knights and horse archers. The Medieval range will give you xbowmen and pavises and you can look around for various cavalry.

http://www.irregularminiatures.co.uk/

Lots of choices here! Apart from the Fantasy and Renaissance/Medieval ranges, various Arab types etc., check out the Personality and Miscellaneous sections for fillers and other useful items and equipment - including galloper guns and a Carrocio, a form of mobile war shrine/war alter for just £7.50!

http://www.lancashiregames.com/

Medievals only relevant to us just yet - but Renaissance on their way. Seperate weapons/shields packs.

http://www.majesticbear.net/products/

Not much here for us apart from a great bear model and giant, plus various good sized treemen if into Wood Elves. Would love to fit the woodsman in as Beorg, but cannot see how to get him on a 20mm base!

http://www.mithril.ie/

LOTR only, and possibly a little large at 32mm, but great sculpts, and can make interesting additions as champions, characters etc.

http://www.musketeer-miniatures.com/range.php?r=5

The Medieval Arabs are great!

http://www.newlinedesigns.co.uk/

Newline have sold off a lot of their ranges (yet to find them all!), but I think the Witch Cult in the fantasy range has some merit as an all female marauder unit, with the wardog riders making great light cav!

http://www.redoubtenterprises.com/shop/?page=shop/index

Renaissance and ECW lines - good sculpts. Check out the 'Extras' sections in each range - some great heads/weapons packs, special figures and vignettes/fillers as well as artillery pieces etc. Some 'regiment' deals too.

http://www.rustedheroes.com/

Some well crafted character figures.

http://www.shadowforge.com.au/index.htm

For those that want more female marauders etc!

http://www.sbarber-models.clara.net/main.html

More Arabs, plus intersting bits. German Renaissance houses etc. Tournament figs may have some use, including fillers.

https://www.thunderboltmountain.com/inde...92c7614afc

Tom Meier of Ral Partha Fame has popped up at this website! I think only the Arthurian range would be suitable for Dogs of War, and they are not cheap, but all the ranges are great!

http://www.tinsoldieruk.com/

Not certain about the fantasy range, but I have plenty of their historicals and the are good, if somewhat chunky, sculpts. No RnF for Dogs of War, but Characters etc.

http://www.warrioronline.demon.co.uk/index.htm

Sculpts vary from good to cr*p! But, the fantasy figs are OK, and the landsknechts, border reivers and WotR ranges are useful. One or two of the Treasure Island pirates could be used as duellists. Their new Crusade range will also be useful. These figures are cheap!

Hope this helps.
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#7
(02-19-2010, 11:29 AM)Seleucus Wrote: Others to consider are:

http://vendelminiatures.co.uk/index.php?...9696ae5636

Their Elizabethan, Border Reiver and Fantasy figs can all find a use in Dogs of War.

http://www.amazonminiatures.com/

For their components/bitz section - you will have to look around!

http://www.bearsdenminiatures.com/

Their Renaissance line has many possibilities for Dogs of War, and their later Polish for Kislevites. Other ranges could cover Araby etc.

http://www.bicorne.net/catalog/index.php/cPath/292_1_30

Some of the ECW range can work in Dogs of War/Empire.

http://www.blackhat.co.uk/online_shop/in...0e3b72256f

Their Shattered Ilses and Dragon King ranges have some interesting alternatives - Orc buccaneers anyone? And some Halfling Militia for Mr Baggins!

http://www.em4miniatures.com/

For Marauders, and more of Mr Bagginses short guys.

http://www.hinchliffe.co.uk/home.htm

Plenty of renaissance and medieval figs at cheap prices to cover most Dogs of War and Kislevite needs.

http://www.hindsfiguresltd.com/home.htm

Sister site to Hinchliffe with more figs for Dogs of War.

wow em4mini's they sell 50 orcs for £7.50? or did i read it wrong?
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#8
Yes, that's right - in the plastics range.

2 or 3 packs of these, and a bit of converting, and you could have a playable force for the price of one 'Boyz' box!

The same for the dwarfs.

They are one piece mouldings, and not very pretty/detailed, but can be used as a cheap and quick way of building up an army.

They have a short article linked to the catalogue entries showing how it can be done. Obviously, you will need to source some things elsewhere - boars etc - and the shields will need to be bought seperately, but you will see that they sell 50 for £1!

These figures are not as big as GW's and are not made from the same plastic as GW, so need superglue rather than the usual plastic glue, which means you have to be a little more careful dealing with them, but for the cost saving, so long as you are not going to play at a GW venue, it's unbeatable!
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#9
is there any companie that makes plastic muslims? coz harad are expansive
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#10
Not any in plastic as far as I know, but there are several companies that make them in metal cheaper than GW plastics. Check the links in your thread for specifics.
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#11
hey guys, ive found a company that makes PLASTIC ARABS, they come with 96 for £6.99. they are made out of diffirent plastic, so gw paints might not work. im going to buy a box, then i can post a pic for scale, etc...
i found it on this site, maybe you'll find some interesting there, they have winged hussars and 16th century pikemen etc
http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=1436
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#12
Think, they are to small to fit into WHFB- range.
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#13
Yup, those are 1/72 scale, while warhammer is in 1/56 scale. They will look really, really tiny next to GW heroic scale models. I have a few hundred model in that scale, won't work with GW at all I'm afraid.
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#14
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!Angry
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#15
(03-23-2010, 11:32 AM)TheBorderPrincessPrince Wrote: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!Angry
yes! try your luck on ebay...there you get always cheap minis.
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#16
Ebay doesn't have much in the line of Arab miniatures in 28 mm scale, I'm afraid. Also, IIRC correctly, he wasn't allowed to buy online.
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#17
How fast does Scibor miniatures ship? Can't find it on their page...
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#18
Only things I have heard about Sciobor is they can be very slow to ship and unresponsive to emails, but thats only from the one person I know went direct.

Try Maelstrom games for them though.
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#19
So the word on Warseer is that the latest Perry WotR plastic box will be out very, very soon. 18 pikemen and 12 crossbowmen for (assuming it's the same as the other box) 15 GBP/25 USD. I think I could probably find a way to fit 1 or 2 or 20 boxes into my army. Tongue
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#20
How very, very soon? Seriously, plastic pikemen to replace or complement the ones I'm using now? Pure gold.
I'm currently a knight, but someday I have dreams of advancing to Asarnil Dragonlord.

Not a Bretonnian knight, though. I want to be one of those cool Arabyan Mamluks.
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