In preparation for the game of A Fistful of Kung Fu that I will run at the Broadsword 2 gaming convention in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on August 20th, I have been reviewing my miniatures that will make up the forces for this game. Today’s review and showcase is actually a bit of a mishmash of manufacturers. The ones that I will be reviewing are by RAFM Miniatures because I know who made them. For the others, please chime in to the comments area if you know who produces them.
This group of miniatures is my gang that I refer to as the “Outlanders,” The concept is that they are a wasteland gang in a post apocalyptic world that loot and raid others. If Necromunda is ever resurrected, I will likely use this group of miniatures as a gang in that game. First up for my gang, we have Kook the Raider by RAFM. He sells for $5.95 Canadian off or the RAFM web-store and take a look at how well he paints up.
|This model is so well sculpted that he practically paints himself. Look at how well the MinWax Solution brings out the detail.|
|Great detail in the face, body and clothes.|
|Even the details on the back are great. The sculptor did a really amazing job on this one. I just love getting a mini that is so well detailed that it paints itself once the base and shading are applied.|
This mini was done when I was getting better at painting miniatures, but my technique had not yet advanced from what I was doing with board-game miniatures. To paint them, I primed, painted the base colours and then shaded them with a MinWax wash. A keen-eyed reader will note that at the time of painting these figures, I started to pay attention to the bases. In my earlier models, I would just paint the base and not bother with basing materials. Here I started adding terrain to the bases.
The next model that I want to look at is Goose by RAFM. He also sells for $5.95 and also looks amazing. Just like Kook, Goose is so well sculpted that he paints himself with a base coat and wash.
|Who doesn’t have use for a chainsaw wielding maniac in their Post Apocalyptic games?|
|Nice details on the back.|
|Overall, just a great mini.|
The next mini that we will look at is El Rojo by RAFM. He, like the others, sells for $5.95 and looks very menacing. I believe he is intended for more of an Urban environment, but I have him painted up for my “Outlander” gang. He is also available in the USX Adventure Heroes box set that has 9 miniatures for $34.95 Canadian. Not a bad price at all.
|Another great figure.|
|Nice details all around.|
|I will post a picture at the end of this article of what a real pro-painter can do with the El Rojo and Kook models.|
The final RAFM Model that I have in this gang is Scourge. He is a little stouter than the others but also clocks in at $5.95. I think I might have seen someone in a movie once that this model is loosely based on, but I can’t recall from what movie.
|A man in full metal armour carrying a Flame Thrower and RPG. Doubt you can get much more serious fire power than this. 🙂|
|I am betting that fuel tank on his back is his weak spot.|
|Another great mini.|
These next minis are also part of my “Outlanders” gang. I am uncertain as to who manufactured them. My guess is that they are all OOP.
|This is one of the earliest miniatures that I painted (back when I got back into painting). I actually bought him to take my mind off of painting the first Edition of Descent by Fantasy Flight Games.|
|This figure came with the one above. I did a horrible job on the eyes and that is part of the reason I let the ink do the work now.|
|This is probably one of the best sets of eyes that I have painted on a model.|
If you know who makes any of the models above, let me know. To end off, let’s look at a size comparison of the models followed by what a real pro can do with these figures.
|Above is a size Comparison of the figures. Left to Right… El Rojo by RAFM, Unknown, GW Cultist, Goose by RAFM, GW Cultist, Kook by RAFM, A Pirate by Reaper Minis, Scourge by RAFM, Unknown.|
|Together, this group forms my full gang of “Outlanders.”|
Finally, let’s take a look at how well a professional paints up El Rojo and Kook. Both of the following images are from RAFM’s web store.
|El Rojo. Some nice details on this figure. (Image from RAFM’s web-store)|
|Kook. Look at this paint job. Click the image to take a closer look. Wow!!! (Image from RAFM’s web-store)|
I hope that my readers enjoyed today’s article. Stay tuned for more reviews and showcases from my collection of miniatures.