Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Project FIW 2 - Choosing Miniatures

I've always been a little bit contrarian in nature, so the idea of choosing a lesser known miniatures range has always held a certain amount of appeal. Given that I'm starting from scratch, I didn't want to spend too much time obsessing about constructing the perfect force. I also had to bear in mind that I needed to plan the acquisition of miniatures reasonably  carefully as this is going to be a long-term project lasting at least 12-18 months just for the miniatures alone.

A quick google search and a disciplined return to PMT turned up some interesting choices. AW miniatures seemed to really suit my initial thoughts on how I was going to approach this. In terms of inter-range compatibility, well let's just say I put that aside as an unhelpful distraction. I can pretty much get everything I need from the one range, and if I do find some particular minis I like from another manufacturer, I'm quite happy to mix rangesd within a force, if not within a unit should the disparity be significant.

AW really helped themselves by selling their miniatures in Sharp Practice bundles, the prices are acceptable including postage and handling. I did like the the simpler nature of the castings, not too fussy or overly-detailed which suits my projected painting needs and style. They are on the larger end of the 28mm genre which I don't mind at all.

I did look at the Conquest/Warlord Games range which have the advantage of being available from Mighty Ape, but the availability of the entire range can be sporadic and I dislike having to order a range from two suppliers, particularly as Warlord have some figures available direct only.

In terms of numbers of miniatures, I'm trying to limit myself to around 100 figures max per belligerent so around 300-350 minis in total including civilians. This should give me some flexibility as well as being an achievable and affordable amount over the next 12-18 months.
So AW miniatures will form the basis of my FIW collection at this stage of the project.


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