North Star and Osprey Publishing continue to support the recent release of the Ghost Archipelago rules with these sprues of plastic snakemen. However, with a little ingenuity, they can fit a myriad of different gaming backgrounds.
The sprue contains five torsos, ten heads and five pairs of legs. There are also a number of weapons, including a wicked looking crossbow, two shortbows with quivers of arrows, various one – and two-handed weapons and a couple of rectangular shields.
Although designed for use with a fantasy game, where the snake-men are one of the more dangerous denizens of the Lost Isles that make up the Ghost Archipelago, these snakemen can also be used for other gaming genres. Looking for some followers of the Elder Gods for your pulp-era adventures? Perhaps you need opposition for your Victorian colonial forces as they land on the jungle covered Venus? Add a few sci-fi weapons, like the resin ones available at North Star, and you can create a star-spanning Empire of the Snake-Men. Or perhaps you want to field an entire Warband of warriors for your Dragon Rampant games? Then this plastic multi-pose option is for you.
Like all plastics, these figures are dimple to convert. However, the use of a separate torso and legs increases the posing opportunities. The hand and weapon options also allow you to field whole units with halberds and spears, plus swordsmen and archers. A particularly nice touch is the inclusion of ten different heads, adding yet more variety to the final results. Perhaps there could have been more shields on each sprues for those who are ‘army building’ but that is a minor point. Although these snake-men are hybrid creatures with legs rather than muscular tails, these are a great addition to the expanding Ghost Archipelago ‘universe’ and a welcome addition to the options available for tabletop wargaming.