I've posted this over at Reaper Forums too, as I love a lot of their figures. But I bet y'all have some good ideas too. I've got a few of the new Nightstalker minis from Mantic games, and I love 'em, for the most part, but would also love to add some diversity and fun to the mix. They're all pretty weird, distinctive minis, some of which I'm not totally in love with. So I'm not sure what other minis might be good to mix in, so I thought I'd turn to the collective dakkadakka knowledge base for help!
(full disclosure: I'm much, much more of a painter, collector and hobbyist than a player, so I love to trick out and change up my warbands. Most of these minis are absolutely great, but a guy can't have too much variety! And hopefully someday they'll get to the table, too)
Here's what the Mantic Nightstalker starter warband looks like:
I love the shadow-hounds (along the bottom of the pic), but they're the same pose. Does Reaper, Games Workshop, or anyone else have anything like 'em, that might look good here? They're like the size of a GW
chaos hound (which might be a cool place to start?)
I'm not a huge fan of the scarecrow guys (called, wouldn't ya know it, "scarecrows") with the goofy hats. They're approximately humanoid sized. Who makes minis that look very spooky and otherworldly, and might fit in as scarecrows without goofy hats? I'm thinking I need to take a close look at GW
's new line of undead. There are some cool figures there that might work.
I love the Reapers (the eyeless humanoid sized alien things with spike-arms growing out of their backs - not to be confused with Reaper Minis!), and there's a "boss" version called a Reaper Souldrinker. Mantic has thus far just painted up a Reaper differently to use as a Souldrinker. Who makes something creepy to serve as a boss-man Reaper? I have a few Tyranid bits (claws and such) that I could use to make him all fancy. What might you recommend?
The Butchers are pretty rad (The two big, three-armed guys at the top there). Not sure I need another. Any thoughts?
And I'm not super in love with the horrors (there are two in the picture, big mouths with purple smoke/energy surrounding them, directly above the Shadow-Hounds). What sort of ghost/ horror/ weirdness is out there?
And I'm also not a huge fan of the Phantom (the eyeless purple ghost-y thing; one is next to a horror, one is at the top of the photo, between the two butchers). Any good, creepy ghosts? I bet Games Workshop's line of dead has a lot of new, neat ghost type figures that would fit the bill.... Any recommendations?
Not shown are spectres (fire-bolt spitting ghosts - the Mantic figure is pretty meh), needlefangs (40mm based swarms of unsubtantial teeth, eyes, and nastiness. I don't have this figure, I don't think it's out yet, but it looks rad!). I like the mindscreetch (a big, weird looking floating brain), a Shade (creepy looking humanoid blob that's all mouth-eyes and nasty. Looks cool!), a banshee (odd female-ish model with a mouth where the head should be. Not sure I like it...)
Anyway, anyone else playing around with these figures? What do you think? What are you swapping in for which figures? Thanks!