Churchill's solution to the Weird War
Miniatures Showcase compiled by the White Knight
last update: 12th of July 2008
1. 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 (mechs and tanks). The mechs (see the Amazing Weapons showcase) aren't for everyone's taste, but there are also packs of Weird War infantry (so far: German, British,US and Russian). The infantry make use of West Winds separate head system, so you can mix and match with the historical range.
2. 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 like this British vampirehunter. A very sporadic range, with only an occasional release. The figures are sculpted by Paul Hicks.
Also useful is the new "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).
3. Artizan Designs
Artizan's new ThrillingTales range has a good selection of characterful WW2 types to add to your alternative WWII games. They could also serve as characters in regular WW2 of course. Lots of Brits to be found. The figures are sculpted by Mike Owen to a high standard.
4. 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 zombie/vampire hunting British officer, with more to come. One to watch!
5. Mystic Spirals
New small range of 28mm alternative WW2 and pulp models in the style of Return to Castle Wolfenstein (nazi vixens anyone?). To quote the owner: "Here's where I annoy the serious WWII gamers with my insane and mostly anachronistic take on WWII. The plan is to make the crazy stuff and let you get the rank & file infantry from people like Crusader, Bolt Action and Artizan. Also you can get some fantastic vehicles from Chieftain." Mostly Germans so far and this Vampire hunting Paratrooper:
6. Northstar Project X
One of the first ranges of alternative WWII horror, Northstar's "Project X" miniatures are 1/48 scale or about 36mm. The humans are too big to use with regular 28mm, though they should work well with other 1/48 WW2 figures out there. Some (less human looking) models are more scale-neutral. For Brits, the range has Dreadnought Battlesuits, Special service snipers and Death Ray
7. Graven Images
Possibly the biggest range of WWII horror miniatures to date is to be found in Jim Bowen's "Gotterdammerung" line of 40mm figures. With a few scale-neutral exceptions, these won't fit with any of the 25-30mm ranges out there, but the range has now become large enough to stand on it's own for skirmish games and it's still growing. The range includes vampirehunters, zombies, commandos and tommies, etc...
Other WW2 and Pulp ranges
Hundreds more suitable figures can be found in these related showcases:
World War II Historical Showcase
Pulp Era Showcase Out now!
If you want to drool over some inspiring conversions and wonderfully painted Weird WWII miniatures, these sites are definitely worth the trip:
Pappa Midnight's Weird War II gallery and Eric's Verdammnis site :
Click here to return to the Weird WWII main page.
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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