Well, despite my best intentions, I didn't paint anything for myself on my Sunday-off. Instead, having been put into a Blood Bowl mood by painting that Dwarf team for a customer, I spent my time trying out new plays on the Blood Bowl PC game.
That meant no photo's yesterday and, as Monday was spent working on a unit of Saxons (which still have a long way to go before justifying a photo or WIP shot) and prepping some 15mm cavalry, that almost meant no photo today either. Fortunately, just before bed-time I realised that I still had some 28mm Ramshackle games miniatures prepped and ready to paint. So I sat down to work and here they are.
One of the things I love most about Ramshackle Games is their design philosophy. Not only do they realise that (sometimes) less is more, each and every figure has bags of character and originality. Even though Ramshackle mini's can be (and often are) accused of a lack of detail, the sculptors manage to fit much much individuality and personality into a single resin figure than certain other companies manage with figures loaded down with gear, pouches, grenades and other nik-naks. Best of all, this means that Ramshackle mini's are incredibly fast and easy to paint. This entire set of three individual miniatures, using a relatively small palette of colours, took me a grand total of 37 minutes to paint. That's right, 37 minutes of actual painting time. Not including the ten minute break for cofee while waiting for the ink washes to dry. Looking at the pictures, I'll probably go back and add another level of highlights to the red. That'll add, what, another two minutes to the total painting time? 39 minutes for three 28mm figures is still damn good.
If you ask me, these little beauties look pretty good for a set of speed paints.
I chose the traditional Hollywood starlet look, with light skin and a white dress. I went for Black hair because, frankly, a dark-haired beauty has more utility than a blonde or red-head.
Lastly, we have a mutant lady of the night. Peggy here is resting atop a tombstone. Like the other female figure of these three, I intend on using her as an objective marker rather than an actual playing piece.
She'll represent the "informant" in the various VIP or Contact scenarios I intend to run in the next few weeks.
Now, back to the review: Ramshackle Games have excellent quality control. I've never seen a badly moulded resin figure from this company, although I can't comment on their metal figures as I've never seen any in person. This is borne out by the "mis-casts" box I ordered from Ramshackle recently. Intending to make lots more Post Apocalyptic scenery from random bits and pieces. 15 pounds for 1.5 kilos of resin (that's a LOT of resin) including P&P. I had to look very hard at many of those mis-casts to work out why they
had been discarded. Most of those miscasts had less flash and
air bubbling on them than resin miniatures I or my customers have
purchased from big name companies. I'm thinking of big names like Forged in Battle, Flames of War and even Forge World.
Customer service is great as well. When the first batch was lost in the post, Ramshackle sent out a new box immediately and waved away my offer to pay for the second batch so I can tell you that their customer service is pretty good too. And in case you're wondering, no, I didn't tell them I was planning on doing a review until AFTER the box arrived. That being said, I've sometimes had to wait as long as ten days for my miniature order in the past, but that's both acceptable and understandable where smaller miniature companies are concerned. I've had to wait much, much longer with many larger firms.
So all in all, I look upon Ramshackle Games and their products with great favour. If you like characterful, easy to paint Post Apocalyptic miniatures, you can't go wrong with taking a look at Ramshackle.
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