Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Last call for Mirliton Orders

Today is the last ordering day if you want any Mirliton products.

The Reaper 15% off sale is also in full swing, but it ends on the 2nd November.

Get the Reaper Master Series paint set 1 for only £ 178.50. Usually its £ 210.00!



For 108 paints that works out at just £ 1.65 per paint, and you get a free caddy worth £ 15.00.



Sunday, 28 October 2012

Reaper 15% off Sale Now On

Well the Facebook page didn’t get to 150 likes, which would have triggered the 20% off deal. However 83 is double what I had so this is pretty good. I’ve since learnt that Facebook only shows business posts to about half, at best, of the people who like the page. They want paying for full accessibility, and that’s not really an option for most small businesses right now.

I will though be sticking with it, though would also ask that you subscribe to my twitter feed so you don’t miss anything. The twitter feed is also linked to the MH forum so you can catch up with all what’s going on there as well.  As you can see I’ve also given the blog a bit of a facelift and would welcome more subscribers here too.

So as a thank you to all those that have liked the page, and the newsletter, blog and twitter followers, I’ve upped the offer from 10% to 15%, and made it across the board on all Reaper products. That’s miniatures, paints, bones, everything. This lasts till the 2nd November so get in quick to get your bargains ready for Christmas.

Next Mirliton Order

My next Mirliton order will be placed on the 30th October 2012. This is the last one I’ll be placing this year, so again if you want items in time for Christmas, please order now.

I’ve also written a series of blog articles highlighting the different ranges that Mirliton produce. In case you missed them, I’ve included links below.

Spotlight on Mirliton #1 : Overview

Spotlight on Mirliton #2 : Dragons

Spotlight on Mirliton #3 : Nightmares

Spotlight on Mirliton #4 : Future Wars

Spotlight on Mirliton #5 : 15mm Fantasy.


My Existing Shadowforge stock is also at 33% off the rrp. I shalln’t be restocking this range so when it’s gone, its gone.

Lastly I have a little favour to ask. Please re-tweet, share and post about my sale wherever you can. Many forums won’t allow businesses to post about their promotions, but ordinary members can. I don’t have sales very often and this could enable someone to get the bits and pieces they’d like for Christmas, which otherwise they wouldn’t be able too.



Friday, 26 October 2012

Spotlight on Mirliton #5

Finally for the last in this little series of spotlights I’d like to talk about the smallest range Mirliton do in their fantasy miniatures, 15mm.

With metal prices soaring, and plastic not being to everyones taste, many are saying that 15mm scale is the new 28mm. Well Grenadier were ahead of the game in that respect when they released their Warlord 15mm range. Mirliton are bringing it back into production, and its extremely good value for money.

There are Goblins


High Elves






Wood Elves


And Dwarves


Each of the packs pictured are only £ 2.50 per pack, or 32p per miniature. Buts that’s not all. Each range contains Command, Rank and File, Archers, Cavalry, and in some Chariots and Siege Weapons.

A couple of Special Units are also available.

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But perhaps best of all you can buy a complete HOTT ready army in one go.

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From £ 26.50 these kits are excellent value, and because of their size, excellent to store too.

Order before the 30th October 2012 if you want to get you’re hands on any Mirliton products in time for Christmas.




Thursday, 25 October 2012

Spotlight on Mirliton #4

The human gift of imagination has enabled us to build and shape our world. Conversely it has also given us the means with which to destroy it. But what would a shattered and broken society look like. Mirliton through the Grenadier Future Wars miniatures gives us one possible variation.

Food and materials are going to be hard to find reducing most of the population to scavengers.

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Those currently at the margins of society might well find themselves better placed to survive this hostile new world than most.

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Society would fragment with what forces of law and order were left battling those with new ideas, and perhaps more ambitious personal goals.







And lastly there are just the down right strange.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Spotlight on Mirliton #3

It’s not all fantasy with Mirliton’s acquired Grenadier ranges. The also do post apocalyptic and rather aptly for the time of year, Nightmares!

Clearly influenced by the writing of H.P. Lovecraft these are miniature representations of more sinister and shadow lurking creatures.

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But these creatures have their agents from the ranks of corrupted humans to help them further their schemes.

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However all is not lost. As always there are the bold and courageous who champion humanity against these sinister forces.

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Sleep well,

( Mawhaahaahaaa! )


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Reaper Restock

Just had a Reaper delivery. The following are now in stock:

77003: Orc Spearmen (3)  -  plastic

77004: Cave Troll   -  plastic

77005: Ogre Chieftain  -  plastic

77010: Kobolds (6)  -  plastic

Reaper Paint Triad - Grey Blues – 09707

Reaper Paint Triad - Royal Purples – 09708

Reaper Paint Triad - Medium Skin Tone – 09715

Reaper Paint Triad - Silver-toned Metal – 09718

Reaper Paint Triad - Liners – 09722

Reaper Paint Triad - Ochre Golds – 09725

Reaper Paint Triad - Terran Khaki – 09741

Reaper Paint Triad - Bloodthirsty Reds – 09745

Reaper Paint Triad - Ivory Bone – 09748

08702: Master Series Squeeze Bottles (3)

50003: Ellen Stone, Cowgirl

50235: Edna - Crazy Cat Lady

09029: Earth Brown

09035: Olive Green

09039: Pure White

09043: Tanned Shadow

09044:Tanned Skin

09045: Tanned Highlight

09106: Flow Improver

09133: Bloodstain Red

09135: Carnage Red

09137: Blackened Brown

09214: Black Primer

09215: Anti-Shine Additive

09216: Drying Retarder

Click HERE to go to the MH Shop



Spotlight on Mirliton #2

Following on from yesterday I thought we’d have a look at the capital ships of the fantasy world, Dragons.

I know quite a few painters shy away from the bigger miniatures. They worry that they’ll loose the desire to finish the piece, or that working on a bigger canvas involves a different set of skills. I’m not going to argue against this as they can ve valid points for some. But equally the hobby would soon get boring if there was only 28mm’s to paint.

Mirliton inherited probably the best range of fire drakes on the market, and they are still up there with the best. Big dragons are hard to come by now. Big metal dragons are quickly vanishing into myth and legend. But Mirliton still fly the standard proudly.

Have a look at these :

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Monday, 22 October 2012

Spotlight on Mirliton #1

With my last Mirliton order of the year rapidly approaching I thought this would be a good time to showcase the range of products that this company produces.

Long established producers of historical war gaming miniatures, they branched out into the world of fantasy when they bought the moulds and masters of the now sadly defunct Grenadier models.

So to begin with I thought I’d had a look at the fantasy races appear in the Mirliton range.

Starting with the fantasy staples there are DwarfsDark ElvesGoblins, CentaursHalf OrcsHigh ElvesHalflings, Hobgoblins, Orcs, Ratscum, Ogres, Wood Elves and Trolls.

If they can be classed as races there is even the Undead, and Chaos to add that little extra danger for the unwary adventurer.

Now of course you have to have Humans too. Again the ranges are pretty good with Amazons, Barbarians and Human Characters to choose from.

True these aren’t brand new sculpts, and the poses can be a bit static. But I’d also like to point out something else, value for money. For example DW001 – Dwarves with double handed axes. As the title suggests you get more than one in the pack. In fact you get 5 for £ 7.85. That works out at £ 1.57 per miniature, and these are 28mm scale in METAL. Just think where else can you buy quality metal miniatures for that price?

It’s not only the Dwarves that offer such exceptional value, all the other ranges do too. HM001 – Half men with swords, 10 miniatures for £ 8.85, that’s 89p per halfling.

TR006 – Half Giant Troll – £ 12.50. That sound a lot but this thing is 60mm tall and weighs in at 236 grams. For that amount of metal these days that is super value.

There is even a rather good set of mass combat rules that goes with the miniatures. Fantasy Warriors was created by Nick Lund, who sculpted a lot of the miniatures, and is available to download HERE. What’s more its free !

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Miniature-Heroes is back online

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes MH has returned from the server problems that rendered us, and quite a few others off line for a day and a bit. Thankfully nothing seems to have been lost, so its business as usual.

Speaking of which, today is Reaper order day, so if you have any urgent wants from their ranges then now is a good time to order.

FaceBook Selective Reaper Sale

We’re still in the invitation stage of the selective sale which begins on the 28th October and lasts until the 2nd November. If you have a list of Reaper wants, please send them along to me and I’ll include them in the sale. Currently this is at 10% off the RRP. However my offer of 20% still stands. Just get the MH facebook page to 150 likes or more, and I’ll up the discount to 20%.

Currently the items that have been selected are :

All the Reaper paints, including triads, singles, sets, HD & learn to paint kits.

All the currently released Reaper Bones plastics.

02890: Wereshark

02909: Nienna, Elf Ranger

02967: Alastriel, Elf Sorceress

03004: Dorva, Female Dark Elf

03401: Aeris, Female Elf Ranger and Panther

03418: Dalton Krieg, Adventuring Knight

03439: Dicarus Darksword, Hafling Assassin

03542: Mouslings: Bard Thief Knight

03576: Lara Kraft, Mousling Adventuress

03610: Achilles, Mythical Hero

03616: Tiik Warriors (2)

14022: Lysette, Elven Mage

14093: Finari, Crusaders Hero

50007: Veronica Blaze, Agent of G.U.A.R.D.

50170: Xiang Lung, Chinese Villain

60003: Amiri, Iconic Female Human Barbarian

60025: Gray Maiden

60028: Pathfinder Red Dragon

60052: Almah, Merchant Princess

I look forward to hearing from you !




Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Wamp / Reaper Competition Entry – Part 2

Time now for the second instalment of the saga of my entry into the Wamp forum Reaper miniatures competition.

The observant among you will have noticed that the back shot of the ogre I posted last time was still showing it’s mould line. I’d like to say this was a deliberate act on my part but the truth is I missed the blooming thing.

However I've fixed it now, hopefully, and so I can now stumble forwards a bit more.

This ogre has a lot of exposed flesh so I thought its probably best to get that out of the way first. Up until very recently I’ve been using GW bronzed flesh, and GW Chestnut ink to try and get a realistic flesh tone. It isn’t the greatest system and those that know these things better than I, explained that chestnut ink is too orangey to work properly. So I had a go with a bottle of GW flesh wash that I had taken in as part of a miniature job lot. The results were worse and I was quickly advised never to use the stuff again.

So time for a change. Out went the bronzed flesh and flesh wash, and in came a Reaper msp fair skin triad and a bottle of their flesh wash.



Ok fair skin for an ogre is perhaps not the ideal, they spend their life outside being rough and tough after all. However I also wanted paints I could use for humans and demi-humans afterwards. Its also easier to go darker with a light paint than to get a dark one to go lighter.

I’ve now base coated the ogres skin areas with 09047 fair skin and am in the process of applying a couple of coats of the 09253 flesh wash over it to darken it down a bit. The flesh wash has proved to be rather user friendly in that its already pretty thin, and its doesn’t overpower the base flesh tone like the chestnut ink used too.  


As you can see the top bit of the ogre has received the flesh wash treatment and a bit of highlighting whilst the rest is just the basecoat flesh tone. Work is ongoing but the results are better than I’ve been able to produce before.

Painting tips

Two much better painters than I have been very kind and have posted some interesting tutorials on the MH forum.

First up is one on shaded metallic's by Jabberwocky.

Second is one on Zenithal priming by Gi6ers. It’s reply #6 on the thread so you’ll need to scroll down a little bit to reach it.