Friday, 11 September 2009

Oh dear, oh dear...

I've had a bit of a busy week this week. I have been doing lots at work and not having time to do stuff at home...

...I even have to work the weekend.

I don't mind too much because I get to play with helicopters for a change (instead of just being a glorified desk jockey).

Unfortunately, I can't promise any progress on my current projects due to life...so don't expect too much in the way of pics.

I have been thinking a lot about 'stuff' lately and one thing that has crossed my mind is the lack of 15mm sci-fi Dwarfs. In fact, apart from Hasslefree Grymn, there aren't that many 28mm scale sci-fi Dwarfs either. There is also a lack of mushroom men ;) !

Where are there decent sci-fi Lizardmen?

I really think that it is time for a few new ranges.

In fact, I am so convinced, I may even sculpt a range myself. I wonder who would buy a range of 15mm Dwarfs off me? Fat little sci-fi Dwarfs with big guns and beards. Maybe some 30mm tall Space Lizards. Hey, if I actually managed to do 15mm scale space Dwarfs, maybe I could do 28mm scale ones as well?

So, what makes a range then?

What do you really need in a sci-fi range?

A MEGA leader.
His/Her support staff - comms, flag waver (?), bat-man, drill sergeant.
A few officers.
A few Sergeants.
A few Corporals.
A few big-gunners.
A lot of basic troops.
Powered suits of armour?
Robot drones?

What about space pirates?
A MEGA leader.
A bunch of 'characters'
A bunch of big-gunners.
A bunch of mis-matched regulars.

Lizardmen?
Small groups or large forces?
What about a small squad of super armoured Lizardmen with enough firepower to take down an army!

What would people really want to see?

Questions, questions...

See you on the bright side!

6 comments:

mrteufel said...

I'd buy space pirates and sf lizards if you sculpted them. But only in small numbers, as I'm a role-player, not an army collector.

Inso said...

I think pirates/lizards would be 'partisan' anyway so I doubt that many would be needed.

So...what about 15mm space dwarfs?

Mike Thorp said...

But what about the short little miners/minors with big teeth?

Space lizards would be fun to see. I think it is hard to get lizards looking right though...

15mm space dwarfs would have a certain appeal, but it's not a scale I've ever really played with!

Inso said...

I don't think I would be able to sculpt the Minors from Galaxy Quest to a high enough quality (I have tried and failed more than once).

15mm Space Dwarfs are purely a response to a huge amount of people on various forums asking if there are any available...and there aren't! It could be a complete cash-cow.

I really would love to sculpt some space lizards...I have one already started but it sort of died a death...maybe I'll start it up again.

The Ogarix has really got my sculpting head on for me...I want to sculpt all the time (it must be because I don't have any at the moment!).

Alan said...

15mm is satan's scale.

Of course i only say that having moved to 25/28 decades ago and now regretting it. I have vowed to do everything i would have doen with 15mm in 28mm and hang the expence! (eventually)

As to what you need in a sci-fi range...
scratch the silly powered armour stuff. (including so called powered close combat weapons)
add vehicles of some description. (no bikes or walkers)

And i'd buy minors.

Alan

Inso said...

I wasn't contemplating vehicles...just a hand full of miniatures to start with. I have never tried 15mm and just thought, on a whim, that I'd give it a go and seeing as there aren't any space dwarfs, they are the ones to do.

I was thinking of just doing standard troops in light armour until I get the hang of scale. I don't have any 15mm stuff so the sculpts will be as near as I can estimate in build and size.

As much as it pains you, I may do some heavier armoured troops...just because they would be easier to sculpt...we'll see.