A miniaturised account of Hitler's Occult Wars
Miniatures Showcase compiled by the White Knight
last update: 12th of July 2008
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1. Brigade Games
Brigade Games' "WW2 Pulp Horror" range has lots of goodies in the 28mm scale. The Germans get nazi zombies ("Neubelebentruppen"), female rockettroopers ("Raketejaegerin" ), female German Schreckentruppen, chemical troopers, SS and Hitlerjugend werewolves, Frankensteinish composite troopers ("Zusammengesetztruppen"), nazi spectres, Gestapo agents, scientists,...
Some of the Zombies (there are 11 variants) and spectres (very Weird War Tales):
Chemical Troopers :
Zusammengesetztruppen & Werewolf:
Brigade also acquired two miniatures originally produced for What The?! Miniatures, carrying the German Fliegerfaust shoulder-fired AA rocket launcher. A real-life weapon designed at the end of the war to engage low level allied fighter-bombers with a volley of 20mm rockets. The figures are sculpted by Aaron Brown (Black Crab Studios).
Brigade Games is now also producing the former Spyglass WW2 zombies:
2. West Wind Productions
West Wind's latest range is a line of WWII Mecha's and superweapons, entitled ''Secrets of the Third Reich''. The idea is take WWII a step further, and add in some SuperScience. Aside from some large mechs and tanks (see the Amazing Weapons showcase), there are also packs of Weird War infantry, making use of West Winds separate head system, so you can mix and match with the historical range. I noticed a certain scale inconsistency from one set of heads to another. Some are big enough only to be used on the bulkier models, others are smaller and would fit well on BAM or even Foundry bodies. Not bad in itself...
The range has a few character figures that don't come with separate heads (like the spear of destiny and the thug).
The German Mech Grenadiers are the standard gasmasktroopers everyone's been waiting for for ages now. They come with the standard set of German heads with gasmasks and helmets (a second set of heads is available, including a Kroenen-type officer head). They are about as tall as Artizans and BAMs. Overall, they are better than in the pictures, their main weakness being the hands, which aren't always very well sculpted, though subsequent releases seem to get better and better. There is also a pack of seated versions which I found fit snugly in my 1/50 Corgi halftracks.
They also get Werewolves and weredogs. Big figures that will stand a head taller than your normal humans, and paras in drop armour.
3. East Riding Miniatures
This UK-based company has had the good idea of joining forces with Jim Bowen (Graven Images) to design and sculpt a range of Alternative WWII figures in 28mm. The figures are 'big' 28mm, comparable in height and heft to Copplestone figures. First release includes a pack of five Nazi zombies in a variety of uniforms and a Nazi officer, with more to come. One to watch!
4. Pulp Figures
Famous for his pre-WW2 pulp range(see the Pulp Era showcase), Bob Murch is working on a "Weird Menace" series which will focus on some of the more outlandish villains of Pulpdom. One of the first packs is "Ilsa and the She-Wolves". One has to admit that infamous movie seems to have left it's mark on WW2 pulp. There's also a nazi figure with a steel mask in the "Weird villains" pack and a She-wolf unit builder pack made up of identical models.
5. Darkson Designs
Darkson Designs produces "AE-WWII", a range of finely detailed 28mm pulp WWII figures. The figures are multipart metal to allow as much diversity as possible and add-on packs are planned to expand the assembly possibilities. To illustrate this, a pack of 3 German troopers contains: 3 Torso/Legs - 4 Heads - 3 Sets of Arms - 1 Grenade throwing arm - 3 Rifles - 1 Sturmgewehr - 3 Warmachine style bases. Proportions are a bit slimmer than most other ranges, but the ones I have fit in well enough if you're not too fussy about that.
6. Bolt Action Miniatures
Historical WW2 miniatures manufacturer BAM has finally given in to the dark side and added a WWII Weirdness line to the ever growing range. This includes WWII inspired strange flights of fancy. A very sporadic range, with only an occasional release. As always, the figures are sculpted by Paul Hicks.
Also useful are the "IABSM Big Men" range of figures sculpted by Richard Ansell. These are special character models, ideal for use in the TFL game I ain't been shot mum! (IABSM). Not necessarily "weird", but nice, "pulp" characters
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Don't forget to visit the WWII Showcase for even more WWII miniatures and the Pulp Era Showcase for some generic pulp miniatures.
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