I have known Fjodin (I call him Nick) really since the first month after the SHM Range began on 15mm.co.uk. A young and fierce design talent he lives in Australia and though we have never met we speak fairly often by email and I enjoy his blog too. He has taken a real shine to the creatures of deep space and told me quite a while ago that he intended to sculpt as many of them as he could manage so that his vision of alien life would make it to the wargaming world. This is what the SHM range is all about. I doubt any miniature company except 15mm.co.uk (I am very responsive to industry and customer feedback, just read this ) would have looked at what will end up being a dozen unarmed creatures of all types and said ‘we will take a risk on these’. It is a shame that a lot of existing and new 15mm ranges consist of nothing but more ruddy human soldiers in powered armour.
My plan is to release all of Fjodin’s designs into SHM as single miniatures but also as packs for wargamers and even just painters to pick up and adore because they are quite simply lovely. Examine the image above, each of these creatures could very well be treading or oozing across the dirt of a world under a different sun right now. In wargaming terms they will all feature in my next USE ME project ‘Alien Safari’ which is a solo game system seeing a group of hunters or soldiers trying to capture or evade random critters. Fjodin actually inspired me to want to write this set of rules based on these creatures.
Fjodin left it up to me to name these creatures and so I have done so right here on this blog. They are, from left to right, as follows:
SHM46 Avarep Cobra
SHM47 Galdor Burrower
The miniatures in the picture were painted by Eve Hallow and he did a great job I think as he had no idea and no instructions from myself or Fjodin on what these critters looked like!
These SHM codes are out at the end of this week on 15mm.co.uk.