Whilst my previous post highlighted those companies who have a specific line of superhero miniatures, these are not the only places you can find superhero figures. Several companies produce actual superhero miniatures, but these are concealed in ranges where you wouldn’t expect to find them. Furthermore, some companies produce miniatures with an entire different usage in mind, but for those with a specific four-colour mindset, such as myself, they are superhero figures and I’ll use them as such.
So, as before, all figures showcased below are 28mm scale and are all available to purchase today, should you so wish.
Our first port of call is Black Tree Design and their venerable Doctor Who range, the molds for which must be getting a little tired by now. “Doctor Who?” I hear you cry, “There are no superheroes in Doctor Who!!” Actually, there was. Way back in 1968, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and television was only available in two colours, the second incarnation of the Doctor encountered the Mind Robber, in the serial of the same name.
One of the fictional characters brought to life within the storybook world featured was the Karkus, a fictional superhero from the far future – the year 2000(!). And Black Tree Design currently produce and sell a miniature of this character. Here he is in all his heroic glory. This figure is listed as DW220 and the normal price of nearly all the Doctor Who miniatures is £2.75 each, but Black Tree regularly have sales, where specific lines or ranges are discounted, so it’s worth checking their site on a regular basis.
Now, there are a few additional figures within the Doctor Who range that are suitably superheroic.
From the Ambassadors of Death serial, featuring the Third Doctor, we have DW332 Ambassador. The characters within the serial were alien impostors masquerading as astronauts returning from an ill-fated Mars mission. However, the space-suit and pose scream cosmic-powered space-farer, empowered due to faulty shielding on a space mission, who now uses their powers to fight evil. Or commit criminal acts. You decide…
From the Curse of Peladon, another Third Doctor series, we have DW326 Ice Lord Izyler, an Ice Warrior ambassador to the court of King Peladon.
The bullet shaped helmet and cape are all Silver Age accoutrements, the pose is dominating and I can imagine this figure shouting, “Meddlesome heroes! Minions, kill them all!”
I do actually own this figure and he is currently on my paint bench, being transformed into King Cobra, the criminal mastermind, and leader of A.S.P.
Our final figure from the Doctor Who range comes from a Fourth Doctor serial, The Talons of Weng Chiang, one of my favourite stroies from the Tom Baker era, even if the giant rat was a little bit cheesy (unintended pun). This miniature is DW413 Weng Chiang himself. Oriental masked mystic? Disfigured criminal mastermind? Man with coal scuttle on his head? Once it’s yours, it can be whatever you like…
All these figures can be found at: www.blacktreedesign.com
Next we have another British company, Hasslefree Miniatures, who produce beautiful miniatures sculpted by the very talented Kev White. We will start with two miniatures from the Fantasy Humans range.
This, as you can see from the caption, is Dominatrix Libby, who is apparently modeled on Kev’s wife Sally. Best. Catwoman. Ever. Nuff said.
For some reason, Hasslefree list all their miniatures prices as £X+vat, rather than the actual price. The above figure is £3.34+vat, which means it’s actually £4.00.
Our next entry from Hasslefree is HFV010 – Narg the Torturer. However, the leotard, belt and boots are more evocative of a wrestling outfit. Add a mask and gloves and we have a crime-fighting masked wrestler, which if it’s good enough for Alan Moore, it’s good enough for me. Narg will set you back £3.50.
Our next three offerings may ring a few bells, as they are all inspired by cinematic superheroes. Firstly we have HFA071 Aaron, who will kick your ass… (£4.50)
From the distaff side we have HFA132 Major Stephanie, who appears to have had a sex change and been promoted since we last saw him/her… (£5.00).
Our final entry is HFA092 Sgt. Spanner, who is a tool in all senses of the word… (£4.50)
All can be found at: www.hfminis.co.uk
A brief trip across the Channel next, to Excalibur Miniatures, a German company who produce a wide range of both fantasy, sc-fi figures and erotic miniatures. This company cropped up on the Stuff of Legends website, under the Superhero miniatures section, and I was a little surprised they were still going, as all the others listed on their have vanished into the mists of time…
Anyway, they have two miniatures of use to the discerning superhero gamer. The first is 9252 – Mr Long. Pretty obvious to all concerned who this is supposed to be. Mr Long “mit extralanger Handwaffe”, which with even my rudimentary language skills I can work out, is available for 4.90 Euros.
Our second figure doesn’t even bother to hide its inspiration – 1057 Batgirl. I don’t remember any incarnation of DC’s version of this character showing this much flesh, but a lick of paint can hide a multitude of sins. She is available for 4.50 Euros. Both can be found here: www.excalibur-minaturen.de
We cross back to the UK and Warlord Games, who are known for their multi-part historical plastic miniature ranges, so not the most obvious place to be looking for superheroes. However, Warlord also distribute the Judge Dredd miniatures range, which not only have an actual superhero figure in their collection, but several figures that are suitably heroic.
Firstly, we have the Judges of the World box set. Whilst they are available as individual figures at £5.00 each, but as the boxed set is £30.00 for eight figures, which means they work out at £3.75 each, which is a cheaper option.
So, in my eyes, the four Judges at the bottom, which are the Judges from Vatican City, Hondo City, Luxor and Cal-Hab, are the most superheroic looking. The Vatican City Judge (bottom left) reminds me of the Elseworlds version of Batman from the Holy Terror prestige format, wherein the Church ruled the World and imprisoned all ‘unnatural’ powered characters.
Next we have the actual superhero miniature, which only comes as a two pack with a pyrokinetic, for £10.00.
Both useable figures, although I am tempted to add a base-ball cap to the superhero and make it into Duffman from the Simpsons!
Next we have the Bat Burglar, at £5.00.
And we finish with Warlord Games with this sharply dressed simian, the Gorilla Gangster, also £5.00.
One last port of call in the UK, the wonderfully named Space Vixens from Mars. From what I can gather, this website is dedicated to a set of novels, miniatures rules and 28mm miniatures all set within the same setting, which is described as a “light-hearted ‘girl’s own’ adventure…referencing the cliché and metaphor of sixty years of sci-fi”. They have an eclectic range of miniatures, including Klingon proxies, Elizabeth I, a Margaret Thatcher lookalike, the Beatles and Jesus of Nazareth!
However, we are interested in superheroes, so I present Comrade U.S.S.R…
Available for a very reasonable £1.75 from : www.spacevixensfrommars.com
Next over to the United States and Victory Force Miniatures, who amongst their SurburbaKnights range have these two:
Super Guy (332503) and Super Gal (332504), both at $4.00 each. Whilst they are supposed to be convention goers ‘dressed’ as superheroes, I feel they work just as well as actual supers. The only issue is that, as plastered all over their website, they only accept PayPal and only ship to the USA, so if you’re elsewhere in the World, you’re out of luck. Can be found here: www.victoryforce.com
Our next figure is from the Atomic Cafe 1957 range from Brigade Games, namely the wonderful Super Duper Man:
Available from $4.50 from: www.brigadegames.3dcartstores.com
Next, we’re popping up to Canada and RAFM Miniatures, who are probably most well-known for their Call of Cthulhu range. However, hidden within their USX Modern Day Heroes range, along with very familiar characters from the silver screen, we have three supers:
These three are (l-r), El Rojo, Mad Daddy and Baby Doll, all prices at $5.95 each. I’m speculating that the first is inspired by or supposed to be a version of Grifter from WildCATS, but I could be wrong. The second two are inspired by Kickass and are, of course, versions of Big Daddy and Hit Girl. All can be found here: www.rafm.com
Finally, we take a visit to Impact! Miniatures, who produce a whole slew of Fantasy football figures for their own game Elfball, and specifically their Middle Kingdoms range, which a team of humans with a definite Greek vibe.
If you want an Ancient Greek styled superhero or villain, you can’t really go far wrong with one of these chaps. This is just a small selection of the models they have on their site, so take a look if none of the above meet your needs. They range in price from £3.32 to £4.19, with extremely odd increments in between. I’m speculating that they are actually round figures in another currency, but my browser automatically lists everything in pounds sterling, so I can’t tell. All can be found at: www.impactminiatures.com
So, it took me longer than I thought and encompassed a few more ranges than I initially thought it would, but hopefully my alternative figures for superheroes post was helpful.
No doubt I’ve missed some, so if you know of any others, please feel free to comment on here or The Miniatures Page.