Today we’re testing out some items from Victoria Miniatures, an Australian company which produces (among other things) a range of 28-30mm models and conversion parts that would fit well into popular sci-fi wargames. Our package arrived quickly, and we think the international shipping charges are very reasonable, so there’s no reason to miss out on these great kits.
We’ve got a whole host of conversion parts to show you today, but we are going to start off with a complete model, the newly released Captain Caine. This is a 1 piece miniature, plus pith helmet and plastic slotta base, which costs $12.00 AUD (approx £7.50 for those in the UK and a little under $12 USD for those in the states). Captain Caine comes equiped with a sword and laser pistol.
In the pictures below you can see that we’ve assembled Captain Caine and placed his pith helmet on his base. We’ve also included a Games Workshop 28mm Imperial Guardsman for Warhammer 40k, for size comparison, as you can see it looks like these ranges could work well together.
Now that we’ve seen one of Victoria Miniature’s complete models, lets have a look at the conversion kits we received and then we’ll test out how they fit together and how they fit with other ranges. First up are a few of the different head options:
6x Dress Cap Heads, $5 AUD ( approx £3.10 or $4.90 USD).
6x Balmoral Cap Heads, $5 AUD, lots of character has been captured in these faces!
6x Pith Helmet Heads, $5 AUD, we thought the ones with the facial hair were particularly cool.
3x Victorian Guard Torsos $3.30 AUD ( approx £2.05 or $3.20 USD), these also come with 4 pouches attached to the sprue which you can use to further personalise your models.
6x Victorian Legs $10.00 AUD ( approx £6.20 or $9.75 USD), this set includes 6 different poses for use with the various torso options available.
4x Rough Rider Arms (2 left, 2 right) $1.50 AUD, we love the dynamite strapped to the end of these spears, should be a lot of fun to play with on the tabletop!
1x Rough Rider Legs $1.40 AUD
1x Highland Guard Piper Conversion Kit, $3.00 AUD, this is a new addition to the Highland Guard range, and looks like a great option to add some character to an army.
Using the conversion parts we received from Victoria Miniatures, we knocked up an armless model, again shown with an Imperial Guardsman from Games Workshop for size comparison. The metal pieces needed very little cleaning up before use, and fit together nicely.
Here you can see we had lots of fun combining metal parts from Victoria Miniatures and plastic parts from Games Workshop just to see what we could come up with. By combining these kits you can create some really unique miniatures and add a lot of personalisation to your armies.
We were looking forward to testing out the Highland Guard Piper Conversion Kit, and you can see below how good it looks when combined with both Victoria Miniatures torso and legs, and also those from GW.
We love the imagery of using Rough Riders to pull off devastating charges in our games, and below you can see how we used 1 set of the Rough Rider Arms in conjunction with the Rough Rider Legs to produce a miniature which can be mounted on a horse, bike, dinosaur or whatever else you would like to use in your army.
Just as with the other parts, we tested the fit of Victoria Miniatures Rough Rider Legs with the upper half of a GW Imperial Guardsman, and found that this could be a great option for some conversions in Imperial Guard armies.
Now that we’ve tried out the conversion parts and kits from Victoria Miniatures, we feel inspired to create all kinds of different armies for our wargames! There are lot of other ranges available too, like Squid Alien Heads and Penal Guard parts, so head over to http://www.victorialamb.com/store.html and check them out.