Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tossing Around the Ol' Haggis: Scotlings from Impact! Miniatures

I finished painting a very fun set of miniatures, the 'Scotlings' from Impact! Miniatures, sculpted by Pug on the Talk Fantasy Football forum.

If you're looking for a unique and versatile team, or if you just enjoy playing a game of Blood Bowl while quoting Groundskeeper Willie, this is the team for you.

Are they a Halfling Team? Well .... sort of.  You could probably use them as a dwarf team pretty easily too.

Look at them yourself to decide ...

Edit: I added a thin light 2nd grid to the Tartan, so replaced the pictures with the newer ones.

Probably my favorite... the Caber team. Could be a treeman, could be a deathroller, but it'll be fun either way.

The 'double team' ... "Pick on someone your own size!" Great for a player with Dauntless!

These guys play dirty... flingin' a haggis, kick to the groin & flashing his bloomers...

Great character in these.. I love the happy catcher especially. He looked like an older fellow to me.

Had to show the back of this one... not all Scotlings wear ought beneath their kilts! 


And the Fan with more important things on his mind...

I have a Tournament in less than 2 weeks, and the minis I'd planned to use to build my 'Hobgoblin' team have still not arrived... the chances of making that team in time is looking slim, so I am thinking about taking these fellows!  If so, I have some plans on what to add to them and I'll show it all to you as I do it.  

By way of review, since I got to spend some time with these minis up close and all, and they're a new product, it seems appropriate to give a review:

Overall I'm very pleased. These minis are fun.  I'm pretty sure I've said that a few times now, but only because they really are.  My Finance looked at them and said "They are so cute! I love them!" and I have to agree, they certainly made me smile.  

Now, it must be said that if you are accustomed to (and require) the precise sculpting of crisp details and smooth blended lines of minis from such as Rackham, Infinity, Dark Sword Miniatures, Study McVey, and others, then these might be a little rough and amateurish in some spots for you. Some areas, such as hands (typically the bane of most artists), are lower in quality than you'd get from the top miniatures sculpting companies, I can't argue that.  Then again, some of the details, like the teeth I was quite impressed with for the quality of detail.  But how I see them, these are *cartoons*.  If you can embrace them for what they are then you'll enjoy their character and exciting poses.  They ooze personality and humor. The important parts are well sculpted and completely succeed in establishing the nature of these characters.  If that sounds appealing to you and you don't need hyper realism all of the time then I think you'll be pleased with these miniatures. 

The casting was clean, with minimum flash and mold lines were easy enough to clean up. 
There are 14 different poses, which is quite a lot of variety for a metal team.  Plus, only the Caber team required assembly, so there are some very good dynamic poses for single-cast miniatures. 


Casting/Sculpting: 8/10
Cleverness of Design: 9/10
Aesthetics: 10/10

Recommendation:  If you love Blood Bowl and enjoy silly & unique teams, then I highly recommend these miniatures. I've already grown very attached to them in a short time. 

The team can be purchased from Impact! Miniatures here. 

Now, Hit the Pitch!

I don't want to bury the contest... as of this posting, there is just 26 hours left to enter. 
The contest has started!  Ends Oct 27th. at 12:01 AM  
Go  HERE  for the announcement and the link to enter.

I'll just be waiting till it's time to pick the winner. 


Tomsche said...

Oh, they look full of character

Dr. Willett's Workshop said...

They look great but none of them got eyes? Love the tree group.

The Angry Lurker said...

Lots of cheeky character, I'd play them.

Rodger said...


Michael Awdry said...

Great fun and beautifully done I might add.

Tony said...

Very Good.

Some years ago I was lucky to be a guest at a full Hogmany dinner where the haggis was ceremonially piped in.

The pipers decided that they would also march on the table and around the room after the haggis had been slashed.

The only issue and I'm sure you can see where this is going was that the ladies were able to see up the kilts!

A very good evening all round.


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