I recently had some time available and decided to add to my 15mm miniatures. I succumbed to severe temptation and purchased some expansions to my “Space Demons” army from Khurasan Miniatures. http://khurasanminiatures.tripod.com/ I was very pleased with what I got!
What did I get? The “Space Demon Great Queen” and the “Space Demon Trolls”. The Great Queen is a resin and metal mini and the Trolls are all metal. These are all giants in the 15mm scale. They would be greater-than-human-sized monsters in 28mm. Khurasan’s web site has some comparison pictures with different scaled minis for size – that way his customers can make informed purchasing decisions.
So – reviewing the pieces. Well, the service from Khurasan is outstanding and the shipping was lightning quick. I was even able to add an additional mini to my order (more on that later) that he was able to toss in by reopening the already packed order. Already packed on the same evening I ordered it online! 🙂
When the pieces came I was very impressed with the quality of the basic components. The quality is outstanding, with very few lines, minimal flash and easy-to-remove sprues. The combo of resin and metal for the Great Queen is good quality and the pieces fit together very well.
The Space Demon Trolls are also neat sculpts and are massive hunks of metal. They come with their own metal bases with uniquely spaced mounting holes for the pegs in the feet. Unpainted they are hard to judge, but the molding and sculpting looks very nice.
The quality of the sculpt in the resin is quite high. No molding issues of any consequence. A couple of “almost bubbles” that blend right in with the gribblies on the sculpt.
Now then, if I was going to have a Winged Space Demon Queen, well, she would need some winged troops to follow her. After digging through my bits parts in despair of wings I chanced to pick up one of my son’s new Tyranid Gargoyles. The wings were too big to use whole but were shaped right for trimming down. No…I did *not* start carving his Tyranid Gargoyles apart while he played “Eve Online” in his room. Tempting, but…well, thank you bits sellers on E-bay. I order 5 pairs of wings for a little over $10 with shipping. They came in the mail 2 days later.
Luckily I had some unfinished Space Demons from a prior order. A little trimming of the wings, a little Green Stuff and Superglue and – presto – five Winged Space Demons! Now that is exceptionally scary!
After a few days of painting I now have some cool-looking, scary and Super-gribbly sexy Space Demons to add to my forces!
Okay, if you look in the picture above you will see the additional figure I ordered from Khurasan that got tossed into the same package. The lovely lady with the M4 machine gun for a right leg – Miss Sheri Amour! Why she was traveling with those scientists digging in the ancient ruins is a mystery. Miss Amour normally is seen hobnobbing with zombies as she blows their frakking heads off with her leg…
I put some colors on the black undercoat of my Space Demons. It helps them stand out on the table a bit and makes it easier to differentiate groups of them during games. I gave the Winged Space Demons a reddish drybrush color reasoning that they may be trying to “stand out” to impress the Queen…if they have eyes. Hmmm…I’ll have to ask them how they see sometime…
I painted the Space Demon Trolls in a lightly applied grayish color. It seemed to emphasize their brutish powerful appearance.
I painted the Great Queen with several colors – predominantly reddish on her wings, spine and head crest and gray-green on her arms and legs. Some purple for her extensible jaws and gribbly belly parts and some bone white for claws. Ain’t she sexy!
Painted, the Space Demon Great Queen and the Space Demon Trolls look pretty darned neat – even with my sucky paint jobs. I am very happy with them and am planning some games of “Tomorrow’s War” around them. It will definitely take armored vehicles to take them on! I don’t know whether Sheri Amour will show up but you never know…