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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

40mm Miniatures for The Fantasy Trip Death Test

About a year ago I started painting 40mm miniatures with the idea of using them to play some of the old Metagames that were released as part of The Fantasy Trip.  Melee and Wizard were the first two microgames in this series and I have one of the self programmed adventures, Death Test II, that I would love to introduce to my gaming group.  

 As luck would have it, recently one of the creators of The Fantasy Trip, Steve Jackson, was able to regain the rights to the game and is re-issuing the series through Kickstarter.

This is the very first Kickstarter I have decided to back, so hope it will go well.  I have the original rules so don't really need it, but I wanted to throw in my support and it never hurts to get a nice new box of toys.  

Here is a link to some of the other miniatures for The Fantasy Trip I have already posted to this blog:

No pictures, but I have also used a lot of the Lord of the Rings 40mm hex click miniatures to form the backbone of the dungeon dwellers.  I just pop them off their bases and pin them to either lead or plaster bases I designed and cast myself, to match the size of the Mindstalkers miniatures.

Below are some of the 40mm miniatures I have been painting to use with the game recently:

This is a Darksword Miniatures figure of a Game of Thrones lady in waiting.  Small for 40mm, as she only stands about 33+mm high, but not everyone is tall, so I thought she was well within the range for a smaller woman.  For what it is worth, I tried to paint her with a sheer fabric dress, but didn't want it to be obscene.

I picked her up a Nashcon in a bin of $1.00 miniatures, so she was a bargain, and then mounted her on one of my custom bases.

Needless to say she was fun to paint for obvious reasons, but I did have to take a lot of ribbing from my dear spouse!

As always, the sculpts by Tom Meier are full of character, and she is no exception.  The attention to facial detail in particular, is a hallmark of his sculpts.

The vikings are part of the VVV miniatures line and are cast in resin.  Beautiful figures, if a bit fragile.  The one on the right has already lost the bottom part of his scabbard to my ham-handedness.  The detail is really incredible though, so I have no regrets.

Most of the figures I have painted so far to represent player characters are heavily armored, so I wanted to do some more lightly armored figures to represent players just starting out, before they can afford those pieces of plate armor.

Here we have some bad guys.  The skeletons are part of the Heroes and Myths 40mm line of miniatures, which to my knowledge, is no longer available.  They are lovely figures for the Greek legends, so I hope someone brings them back to life.

The Troll is another one of Tom Meier's sculpts and is part of his line of 30mm Thunderbolt Mountain range.  These have also recently gone out of production, but I am certainly hoping someone has picked up the line to keep producing them!

The shields for the skeletons are actually from the plastic medieval Russians made by Fireforge.  I replaced the Greek shields to give them a look more suited for a western medieval setting. 

Lastly I am working on some scenery for the dungeon made from old Heroquest parts.  I have also purchased some of the Mantic Terrain Crate sets, which are a hair small for 40mm, but should fit in reasonably well nevertheless.


  1. Shame the ECW is 15mm, but WOW! The Lady in Waiting is a lovely sculpt and beautifully painted if only she was waiting for me...

    1. Let's just say her assets were a topic of conversation in our house and leave it at that....

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    1. Thanks WM. I had fun with these. They are a different animal to paint than the very structured Napoleonics, so a nice break.