Tag Archives: Copplestone Castings

KICKSTARTER, Backing the Underdogs

I’m currently backing three projects on Kickstarter: Shadows of Esteren: Tuath, COUNTERBLAST, and World of Twilight: Travels through Anyaral.  None of these are mainstream brands, but based on the quality of their products and design alone they should be more well known than they are.

Shadows of Esteren is the most successful of this group.  With three very successful Kickstarters under their belt, the Esteren team has built up a reputable brand and can rely on a strong customer base to propel their projects along at this point.  I don’t foresee myself ever having time to actually play this RPG, but as an example of artistic design and deeply imaginative world-building, it has few contenders.  In many ways it reminds me of the efforts Rackham put into similar products when they were still leaders of the avant-garde in this industry.

COUNTERBLAST.  My preferences in miniatures have always been eclectic.  I don’t obsess about a particular scale, probably because I rarely  game, and I’ve never been particular about a single genre over the others.  In recent years, however, I’ve noticed a growing trend toward historicals, pulp, and more old-school flavors.  I’ve also started moving away from highly detailed miniatures in favor of models that are simpler in design.  Currently, for example, I’m working on some Copplestone Back of Beyond and High Adventure models, a Crusader Miniatures Carthaginian army, Warlord Soviets, Flames of War Soviets, Gripping Beast/Ebob Normans, and Baueda Vikings for DBA.  COUNTERBLAST appealed to me in part due to its apparent influence from Star Frontiers, which scratches a nostalgic itch, but also the simple yet characterful designs of the models, something that also distinguishes some of the models noted above.

COUNTERBLAST - Miniatures Game -- Kicktraq Mini

World of Twilight.  I first encountered Mike Thorp’s work when he won a sculpting contest on Frothers for his unique Traveling Court of the Brownie King model.  I’ve been following his related Twilight project ever since.  I was lucky to get one of the old Twilight starter kits when they were still available from Hasslefree, and have collected the odd model from his range from time to time.  The Twilight Kickstarter has rekindled my interest in a big way, and I count myself lucky that I got in at the early bird level.

World of Twilight
World Of Twilight: Travels through Anyaral -- Kicktraq Mini

COPPLESTONE CASTINGS, 15mm Barbarica Dwarves

Copplestone Castings has just released the first sets of dwarves for their 15mm fantasy range, which is set in an “alternative Roman Britain” universe. There the dwarves “live in the Scottish Highlands (which are a lot more mountainous than in our reality),” and are “usually allied with the Northlanders in their battles against the Romans, but will never fight alongside Snowtrolls.”  This release includes the following sets:

  • FM14 Dwarf Axemen
  • FM15 Dwarf Spearmen
  • FM16 Dwarf Command

Be sure to visit Kevin Dallimore’s gallery of beautifully painted samples from this range.


This is my second jolly good chap from Copplestone Castings‘ set by the same name (you can see my first jolly good chap here).  I prepped and primed the model three or four years ago, but it sat in a to-do box ever since.  I came upon it again a couple weeks ago while looking for something else.  On a whim I decided to see what kind of results I could get during the short time my son was napping.  This is the result of that painting session, which lasted about two hours.  Simple and effective (but I think I should fill in the wall of grass a little more, and trim back some of the large strands a centimeter or two).

The Jolly Good Chaps set is part of Copplestone Castings’ Back of Beyond and High Adventure catalogs.

Jolly Good Chaps, from the Copplestone Castings catalog (BC10)

Interesting piece of trivia: “back of beyond,” an emphatic phrase used in reference to a location far removed from the world, comes to us from Sir Walter Scott’s The Antiquary (1816):

The laird o’ Tamlowrie and Sir Gilbert Grizzlecleugh and Auld Rossballoh and the Bailie were just setting in to make an afternoon o’t, and you, wi’ some o’ your auld-warld stories, that the mind o’ man canna resist, whirled them to the back o’ beyont to look at the auld Roman camp.