Saturday, September 3, 2016

Warbases: Highland Cattle and Wild Boars Reviewed!


Recently bought these Highland Cattle and Wild Boar miniatures from Warbases to populate my tabletop battlefield. As these are really lovely and affordable miniatures I decided to do a short review so you can check them out yourself.

Some of you may know Warbases, best from their wooden lasercut wargame bases which were their first products hence their company name. Lately they have also started to design and produce other cool products such as vehicle kits, miniatures, tokens and so on. 

One of their miniature ranges covers all sorts of animal species to decorate your tabletop battlefield, I have always been interested in adding some animals to my miniature collection so ordered some along with more bases. The ordered miniatures are supplied in ziplock bags which is fine as these miniature don't have any fragile bits. 

Highland Cattle

First up are the Highland Cattle miniatures which are sold in packs of three miniatures. Each of these packs contains two unique adult cows and one calf offering you enough versatility to create a realistic small herd. As you can see in the pictures I decided to buy two packs allowing me to create several cattle bases which will be used to decorate the tabletop or to use as objectives in cattle raiding scenarios. 

Both the sculpting and casting of these Highland Cattle miniatures is excellent offering you a good base for a quick drybrush paintjob. These miniatures require minimal cleaning with only minor mouldlines present on the individual horns which are supplied individually. These miniatures retail at £4.00 a pack which is a very good price looking at the quality and bulkiness of the miniatures.

Cattle History - The breed was developed in the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland from two types of now-extinct cattle, one originally black, and the other reddish.[13] The original cattle were brought to Britain by Neolithic farmers. Highland cattle have a history that dates back to at least the 6th century AD, with the first written evidence dating back to the 12th century AD. Since the early 20th century, breeding stock has been exported to many parts of the world, especially Australia and North America. It is estimated that there are now around 15,000 Highland cattle in the United Kingdom.

Wild Boars

The other pack I bought contains two adult wild boars along with three piglets. As with the Highland Cattle these miniatures are casted in white metal and are supplied in ziplock bags. 

These miniatures are all unique sculptures offering you realistic and dynamic herd of boars to inhabit your miniature forests and fields in a large variety of possible wargame settings. Again both the sculpting and casting of these miniatures is excellent offering you a good base for a quick drybrush paintjob. These miniatures retail at £3.00 a pack which is very affordable.

Painted miniatures

Below you can see the miniatures painted and based for the tabletop, the painting of these miniatures took less than an hour including varnishing! The miniatures as shown below are based on Warbases round bases and decorated with both Noch Static Grass and Gamers Grass' affordable grass and flower tufts. Quite happy with how these turned out and already looking forward in painting some more animals for the miniature collection!




Scale comparison

Though it might also be interesting to see how these Warbases animals scale up with each other and a non heroic 28mm scaled miniature (Black Tree Design) As you can see in the picture, a very good match for non heroic historical and fantasy miniatures from most large wargame companies.


Conclusion

Should you ever need some wargame miniature animals to decorate your tabletop battlefields or to use as objectives in scenarios, search no further and make sure to visit the Warbases webshop. During this review I have only reviewed the Highland Cattle and Wild Boars but more affordable animals, miniatures and scenery can be found in their growing wargame ranges. Check their webshop here Thanks for visiting Wargame News and Terrain, your daily wargame news blog!

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2 comments:

Jack Sarge said...

Great review! I really like Warbases products too, and have painted up their stag & doe miniatures which I was very impressed with.

Wargame News and Terrain Blog, said...

Thanks, Sure many wargamers like these affordable miniatures. Also planning to grab some packs of deer to inhabit some forest stands. Cheers

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