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    Alternative model sites

    EDIT:Please list the country the company is based in and if they post worldwide (if you know).
    Also please just post if you are posting links.


    (My search yielded specific army alternatives only)

    I am always on the search for models beyond GW and any model really that looks good and well...I would want to own! So because of that I would like to start this thread where people add links to sites that are not GW models so the diversity of the Hobby is expanded (I hope this is OK).


    Here are a few links to sites that sell models beyond those sold by GW, you will find a lot are affordable and make really awesome models for your collections:

    First off, not an alternative, but the highest online discount I have found on the net (UK):
    http://www.giftsforgeeks.org.uk/

    Also a rather well stocked bits site (UK):
    http://bitsandkits.co.uk/shop/catalo...ch?shop_param=

    Onto the models:

    Generic (28mm I think) models from various suppliers(UK?):
    http://www.artemisblacks.com/index.shtml

    Epic scale models and terrain (UK):
    http://www.darkrealmminiatures.co.uk/store/home.php

    Urban war (necromunda?)(UK):
    http://www.urbanmammoth.com/acatalog

    RAL-PARTHA (UK branch):
    https://www.connectstores.com/ralpartha/sp_30561.html

    Ships of the sea and space variety (NEW SYSTEM! UK):
    http://www.spartangames.co.uk/

    Rackham (UK):
    http://www.netmerchants.co.uk/section.php/631/1/rackham

    Any links provided I shall add to the first post for ease (If it goes beyond page one). Hope people like it!
    Last edited by Lord Malorne; 20-12-2008 at 23:13.

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    Re: Alternative model sites

    I just thought I'd make note that the Urban War Minis, the Viridian Colonial Marines would make excellent stormtroopers, IG or -= I =-.

    Reaper makes good stuff, best place to pick it up is:
    miniature-giant.com

    I love thewarstore.com as well. Mainly because of their HUGE list of mini brands. It's definitely useful just for perusing through the brands just to get an idea of what you might want to use for alternates.

    The only problem with alternates these days is that with a lot of companies, until they go out of business the minis are just as expensive as GW minis, because for some reason noone has realized that if you want to break into the market in a big way you have to make your product cheap enough to take a risk on. But hey, that's a rant for elsewhere.

    hasslefreeminiatures.co.uk - If you ever want to do squats but don't have the time/energy/money to hunt down an army on e-bay, the Grymns here are excellent stand ins. Also make some really cool sci-fi weaponry, and a host of other pretty cool minis and conversion items including Hoplite style shields.

    http://www.nobleknight.com/ViewManuf...CategoryID_E_5 - This is the only list I've really seen so far bigger than The WarStore's, and I include both because WarStore is all solid, this one is a bit more hit and miss.

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    Re: Alternative model sites

    My miniature research always starts here:
    http://www.battlefield-berlin.de/shop/index.php

    Edit: Just in case, here are instructions for English speaking customers, if you are interested in ordering
    http://www.battlefield-berlin.de/sho...s/shipping.htm
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    Re: Alternative model sites

    Quote Originally Posted by Bregalad View Post
    My miniature research always starts here:
    http://www.battlefield-berlin.de/shop/index.php
    Which is honestly the biggest site Ive ever seen. They have so much variety, so many systems, its a blast.

    Highly recommended for every player of pretty much every system.

    For German users maybe these sites are interesting as they belong to the few that offer serious discount:

    Leads directly to the mini section

    http://www.dragonworld.de/catalog/de...b10963ffc1f3f9

    http://www.miniaturicum.de/index.php

    For non German-speakers, if you have problems with translations, but are interested anyway, the best translation site ever (translates whole terms aswell) :
    http://www.dict.cc/


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    Re: Alternative model sites

    I like
    http://www.maelstromgames.co.uk/index.php

    They offer a 10-15% discount, and free shipping on all orders over 10. They also have a moneyback system. They have yet to disappoint me.
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    Re: Alternative model sites

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Malorne View Post
    First off, not an alternative, but the highest online discount I have found on the net (UK):
    http://www.giftsforgeeks.org.uk/
    I think Wayland Games is even a tad bit cheaper when you order in large quantities.

    http://www.waylandgames.co.uk/ UK / ship worldwide / Paypal

    For alternative Models:

    Brigade Models (some small scale SciFi, Fantasy)
    http://www.brigademodels.co.uk/ UK / ship worldwide / Paypal

    Prince August (Chronopia and Warzone Models)
    http://www.princeaugust.ie/target_games/index.html Ireland / ship worldwide / Paypal

    Westwind Productions (mostly Fantasy (Dwarves and Nordfolk) and Historical)
    http://www.westwindproductions.co.uk/catalog/ UK / ship worldwide / Paypal (send them a mail) (Americans might consider ordering from Old Glory, who are the US store for the Westwind Products)

    And most of us know about them, but for the sake of completeness:
    http://www.gamezoneminiatures.de/ Spain / ship worldwide

    Those 4 are my main-sources for Alternatives to official Warhammer Fantasy-stuff. Painted examples of some can be found in my plog.

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    Re: Alternative model sites

    Don't forget Pig iron, truely fantastic models and great bits for conversions that are spot on for scale !

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    Re: Alternative model sites

    http://www.oldcrowmodels.co.uk/ they do their own models but some good stuff for converting.
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    Re: Alternative model sites

    Lovely sites! I never cared much for other gamesystems than GW, people only play GW games and FoW were I live. But it would be fun to do some convertions I found this:
    http://www.battlefield-berlin.de/sho...roduct=RK14107
    and this:
    http://www.battlefield-berlin.de/sho...roduct=RK15102

    and I got the urge for making elven ships or perhaps a dogs of war unit of highelves or darkelves with a strong maritime feel. Does anyone know any more examples of sea or water related minis? Would be great to know were to get more!

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    Re: Alternative model sites

    It's interesting to check out the army show cases by Colonel Marbles, as he's done a lot of the searching already. Just scroll down to the armies listed.
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    Re: Alternative model sites

    www.forum-of-doom.com Forum of four small manufacturers.

    www.exoduswars.com 6mm sci-fi.

    http://www.tacticalwargames.net/forums/index.cgi Epic, BFG, EW and more.

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    Re: Alternative model sites

    Antenociti's Workshop, lots and lots of scratch building stuff, plus a growing range of models and scenery.

    Microart, lovely bases, as do Dragon Forge.
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    Troll Forged Miniatures, some cool fantasy stuff and currently also some kick ass mutants. Expect more stuff coming on there soon!
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    Re: Alternative model sites

    As a random: does anyone know a place I can pick up a cheap exorcist? I don't see themon ebay often, and no sites seem to stock it =<

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    You mean SoB tank?
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    Re: Alternative model sites

    Quote Originally Posted by mrtn View Post
    It's interesting to check out the army show cases by Colonel Marbles, as he's done a lot of the searching already. Just scroll down to the armies listed.
    Best page EVER. Thanks mrtn!

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    Re: Alternative model sites

    Please, only links people, if you want to thank other members PM them.

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    What no body mentioned Reaper Minatures ?
    they literaly thousands of models in 25/28mm
    and they have models in all ranges (sci-fi & fantisy),
    and their prices are quite reasonable.
    http://www.reapermini.com/

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    Heresy,http://www.heresyminiatures.com/ (UK) do some fantastic models, the demons I'm sure would be useful to Chaosy people and the growing sci-fi range looks spot on. Trench coat gangers? awesome.

    Ramshackle Games, http://www.ramshacklegames.co.uk/ (UK) have a wide range of resin vehicles and figures. The "triddlins" section is great for conversions. Also checkout the huntsman spider tank and tell me you're not in love.

    Empress Miniatures, http://www.empressminiatures.com/ (UK) do lots of historical minis. My main use for them are the British heads in sun hats. I use them to convert mordians to praetorians.

    EM-4 Miniatures, http://www.em4miniatures.com/ (UK) do some rather tasty models, a wide range of plastics and metals. Future Skirmish range is of particular note.

    Ultraforge, http://www.ultraforgeminiatures.com (US) is the place for demons and giants. They're phenomenal and reasonably priced.

    Amazon Miniatures, http://www.amazonminiatures.com (UK) is another mostly historical store, but they do a massive range of separate heads. I'm using the crusader helmets for my dark angels and they look great.

    Ebob Miniatures, http://www.ebobminiatures.com/ (UK) has a growing range, lots of extras you might needs, hobby resources, armatures. Oh and a cool paintball game.

    Eureka Miniatures, http://eurekamin.com.au (AU) has a massive range of real world models, some sci-fi. I bookmarked it for the trail bikes I was going to use for rough riders.


    Just as a personal note I've bought from most of them, Empress and Heresy are run by particularly nice people.

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