View Full Version : Alternativ minis for Empire?

10-08-2010, 14:33
I am planning to start an Empire army with alternativ models.
This is some of the models i was thinking of

Anyone used them in an empire army or seen them?
Anyone else have any good ideas for cheap models? Looking for knights and ofc all other minis that can be used as Empire.

10-08-2010, 15:30
I've seen a painting diary in that forum based on these guys. They look good enough.

10-08-2010, 15:31
Historical minis will be your best bet, like the ECW models you linked.

If you like the Landsknecht look (the puff and slash sleeves and feathered hats, etc), Old Glory makes a pretty good line of those guys: http://www.oldgloryminiatures.com/products.asp?cat=199

They're metal models, but very affordable. Old Glory also has a deal where you join their "club" for $50 up front, but then receive 40% off all model purchases. That takes the price of 30 metal models down to about $19; very affordable.

Plastic alternatives are the Warlord stuff you linked, as well as the Perry bros. War of the Roses era plastics, e.g. http://shop.warlordgames.co.uk/wars-of-the-roses-infantry-1455-1487-2418-p.asp

They only have infantry in plastic for now, but you could probably mix and match to get what you're looking for. If I were doing it, I'd personally go with Old Glory just because they have a matching range that has almost everything you'd need.

10-08-2010, 15:41
I'm planning something very similar - I think it would look good and could be a fraction of the price. I won't use them at GW stuff, but a Warlord based force plus my older lead greatswords and fanatics would be cool. Now I just need to find my two warwagons lurking in the loft...

10-08-2010, 15:44
I used the wargames factory roman (http://www.wargamesfactory.com/wargames-factory-store/caesars-legions-box-set) and they are awesome.

Very easy to put together, very cheap, and look great.

Biggest unseen issue I had was the cost of buying bases for them.

10-08-2010, 17:00
I am going to use the Perry Miniatures War of the Roses. They will have a second plastic box at the end of the year with spears, arquebus and crossbows. There will be no shield/handweapon guys but I do not plan to use them. So most infantry is covered by cheap plastic boxes. You also already have cannons, knights on foot (greatswords), knights mounted and plenty of command figures including a guy looking perfctly as a wizard. One of the Perrys said that next year they plan on doing a box of plastic knights. So few things like the steamtank or the lighter cavalry are not available but as I did not really plan on using those either I am quite well set.

10-08-2010, 21:56
thx for the advices and replies

10-08-2010, 22:44
Those warlord ECW plastics are quite nice. I've used some of their bits packs (pikes, wide-brimmed hats and morion helmets) to convert my Pike and Shotte themed Empire army with. I'm a big fan of their brass-etch pikes - nice and sturdy, but unlike some of the other brass-rod 'pikes' offered by other historical mini companies they actually have a head, rather than just being a length of brass rod.

The plastic kits would make good stand in's for Empire infantry if you want lots of spearmen (ie, pikemen) and handgunners - but if you wanted halberdiers, bowmen, swordsmen ect then their utility kinda drops a bit - to get those units you'd have to sacrifice something in the overall visual theme of the army.

The Perry WotR stuff looks excellant, perfect for halberdiers and archers...but you'll have to look elsewhere for spearmen, swordsmen, handgunners/crossbowmen etc. But as noted, there are some cheaper Rennaissance and late medieval historical ranges that can offer those (albeit in metal).

10-08-2010, 23:16
I used the wargames factory roman (http://www.wargamesfactory.com/wargames-factory-store/caesars-legions-box-set) and they are awesome.

Very easy to put together, very cheap, and look great.

Biggest unseen issue I had was the cost of buying bases for them.

Holy ****, those Roman soldiers looked plain awesome. I know what my upcomming Empire Army will have.