Following on from the last article I wrote about 15mm stuff they should do, the Xmas television I saw gave me some new ideas on ranges that SHOULD be made. I doubt that they will as these are mostly trademarked and licenced properties, this might be so but would not rule out some “not” versions of them. I think the threat of legal action puts off many manufacturers off trying to create some pretty cool miniatures like these, yet if marketed and advertised right with proper wording, painting and such would certainly make sure that any “not” lines fall below the radar of any big companies legal vultures and get us some mad additions to our collections!
I would truly attempt some of these, but alas I’m not in the right position to, nor do I feel confident enough to have a go at trying to create the things I am going to suggest, I suppose that’s why I’m suggesting that someone should try! Hopefully there may be someone reading this who in turn becomes inspired by this and creates something from the list! Well, I might be being optimistic, but you never know!
1. Dog the bounty hunter: “Theres fear and darkness all around you, the criminals are on the run, no use in playing 40K, you can go stick it up your bum….”, Yes, Ok, that intro isn’t exactly what Ozzy sings in the program, but you get the idea! This would be an excellent range of moderns for use in tons of different games. A straight campaign of bounty hunting the crim would be fantastic wouldn’t it? The guys from Da Kine bail bonds chasing the perps over a campaign, I’m not sure how useful Bobby Brown would be, or Beth (She of the huge knockers etc) but the rest would be very cool additions to the modern law enforcement selections of 15mm figures (which is lacking in my opinion) Imagine sticking them in a Zombie game, that’s something you know I would!! when I was a kid, I really wanted to be a bounty hunter, but it’s just a shame I live in England and our laws don’t allow that sort of thing, but I seriously still would do it if I lived in the states! Seriously!!
2.Carry on cast: OOOhhh Matron, stop messing about!! This range would be so useless and useful, both at the same time! In addition many different versions of the same minis could be made, Victorian Horror: Carry on screaming, Tudors: Carry on Henry, Wild west: Carry on Cowboy, Modern emergency services: Carry on Doctor/nurse etc, WWII British: Carry on England…I could go on with more: Khyber, Jungle, Cleo, Jack, Follow that Camel etc etc….But you get the idea, ideal for historical gamers wanting to add a little humour and variety to their games, and just think of all the innuendo fun you can have with double entendres during game time. Don’t forget Carry on themed games too for the not too serious. Not arf missus, oo err!!
3.Jayce and the wheeled warriors: When I was young, this cartoon was on TV, it was a great Scifi series about a kid who was lookig for his scientist dad who had created an evil sentient plant race that could mutate into wheeled battle machines and kick ass all over the galaxy and take over. Jayce was assisted by a few gimpy sidekicks, but the cool bit was he had a load of automated wheeled battle wagons which would end up fighting the “Monster Minds” in almost every episode, who had teleported to a new planet and started to take root. Not the most inspired names I’ll admit, but they were very cool. Lots of 15mm Scifi goodness to be gleened from this idea, that’s if anyone ever chose to make them…
4.Asterix-15mm: When I was a young gamer, Hobby games I think, brought out a 25mm range of proper asterix figures, and I had a couple of the sets. Now these figures command a big price to collectors, and I am still kicking myself about not having them anymore. I would appreciate another company to produce something similar in 15mm. This way you could just have Asterix and Obelix Vs loads and loads of 15mm romans, just like in the comics. There are a lot of people I know who just love all things Asterix and would probably buy the figures to add to their collections, and even they don’t wargame or collect miniatures! someone just get the licence, either that or release Osterix and Abolix. You know you want to!!
5.Classic Horror movie monsters: OK, so there are plenty that make figures of classic movie monsters, but I would like to see some reall acurate looking versions of the Unviversal Horror monsters, the Munsters, Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger, Chucky, Leatherface and a whole heap of other slashers, murderers and psychos. Countless horror scenarios could be done from these minis, plus add some of these killers in with the Carry on cast, or UK soap opera characters, and you could have some excellent, if not bizzarre cross over games. A few of the said films victims and Heroes wouldn’t go amiss either (Ash and some deadites would be great) Come on Industry people, if you can do “not” versions in 28mm, why they hell aren’t they in 15mm? Niche market you say? Balls to that, I’m not listening…LALALALALlalalalalalal (Fingers in ears etc!)
6.Muppet mayhem: Ok, by now your probably thinking, that guy is mental, what ever next? Ha, I say to my doubters, lets have a bit of Henson Magic!! On a more serious note, since Hensons is now a Disney company, I can’t imagine the licence to produce these figures would be cheap. A good alternative would be some not versions with Hermit the frog, Fuzzy Bear, Bonzo and Madame Piggles and crew would get my cash (Hmmm, maybe Madame Piggles might fit with my Oggam….) I can’t think of how I would use them, but one can’t ever say the Muppets weren’t versatile to fit into other genres, so you might have to throw in some “not” sesame street characters too, you know, Big Boyd, Almo, Mr Stuffalumpagog, Groper, Cokey Monster, and Ogster the Grumper might not be bad either too. However I don’t think Kevin Clash will be making an appearance any time soon to stick his hand up the puppet. That’s Almos world. That being said, lets just give them all weapons and let them go to war, Muppet style!!
7.Gremlins: Hey, why not? 15mm.co.uk has “not” Crites from the Critters movies, so lets have some gremlins too!!
8.Ghostbusters: Who you gonna’ call? Well, not me as I aint got my phone at the moment! These would be sweet wouldn’t they? Fancy a dungeon crawl game using these guys? Any number of gribbly monsters could be used as the supernatural creatures you would ever need, and you can even play the usual saving the world type games, or even simply just a ghost catching game as a one off. I aint afraid of no ghost!
Well, I hope you have enjoyed the suggestions, please let me know what other ranges of 15mm figures they should be making, don’t forget, they will probably never get made, but we all can dream….