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Miniatures at the Movies

Miniatures at the movies the wargaming connection 


It’s always fun when two of the things you enjoy merge seamlessly. For instance, if you’re a foodie who’s into sports, then watching football on Thanksgiving should put you into your height of glory. Or a food coma. One or the other.

Folks who know me know that I love the movies. Foreign, domestic, horror, adventure, romance, musical, whatever, I’m down to watch just about any movie out there. So, when you combine movies with my love of wargaming, for me you get two great tastes that taste great together.

Now, by and large, it’s fairly common to see minis games and miniatures that are directly related to a licensed movie or TV property – for instance, Fantasy Flight Games has the lock on Star Wars currently with X-Wing and Star Wars Legion; Warlord Games has Dr. Who; Games Workshop has Lord of the Rings; and the list goes on.

But more common – and more cheekily so – you find minis that are, let’s say this charitably… “heavily inspired” by a particularly movie, TV show, etc. And these are the ones that I think are the most fun. For instance, just perusing a well-known online miniatures store, I came upon a set of miniatures that, even though they weren’t labeled as such, were obviously sculpted to look like characters from my favorite horror movie of all-time, “The White Zombie,” including Bela Lugosi’s infamous voodoo proctor, Murder Legendre (yep, that’s his name). That movie is highly obscure, and honestly, except for me, maybe 10 other people out there would recognize them.

I’ve also found minis clearly based on characters from well-known and cult-favorite properties like Kelly’s Heroes, HBO’s Rome TV show, Zulu, Sucker Punch, The Man Who Would be King, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Predator, Princess Bride, The Land That Time Forgot, Hellboy, Tombstone, El Dorado (the western, not the cartoon) G.I. Joe, Sweeney Todd, Captain America, Indiana Jones, He-Man, and the list goes on and on.

I personally think minis like this are a lot of fun. When you’re building an army or warband, wouldn’t it be a blast to have Oddball or Big Joe in your squad of European Theatre G.I.s? If you’ve got a platoon of Victorian-era English fusiliers fighting in the Punjab, well, wouldn’t Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot be absolutely indispensable to your battlefield success? And when your Catachans are facing off against hordes of ‘Nids, wouldn’t John Ramb-… I mean Arnold Schwarz-… I mean Sly Marbo be the perfect addition? Of course they all would.

Movie minis add a little punch of excitement and a pop to the look of your army and your game play. What’s wrong with maybe re-enacting one of your favorite battles from a film in miniature form? I’d love to see and hear from you all about what your favorite movie or TV or whatever media-related minis are!

About the Author;

Peter Kuebeck is a writer, gamer and award-winning mini-painter living in the Midwest. He wages a constant battle against the ever-growing tide of unpainted minis in his basement, and occasionally GMs role-playing game sessions with friends. Catch his hobby shenanigans on Twitter at @popculturecube

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