Two upcoming releases from Warlord Games arrived in the office this week, both for their Warlords of Erehwon fantasy game. We don’t get to talk about the stuff that lurks in the ‘Other Games’ section of Warlord Games’ website as much as we’d like so this is a real treat, especially when they’re as nice as these!
First up we’ll look at the more fantastical models – the Oni Ogres. Three metal models and their 40mm plastic bases are included in the £18 ($24 USD) set. Though the range is 28mm scale these are bulky, tall models, close to 40mm from base to eyeline. That makes the £6 ($8 USD) per-model price tag rather good value.
We really like these designs – based on the Oni of Japanese folklore they are clearly fantastical models, but they are firmly rooted in the cultural history of real-world Japan too. All the elements you’d expect from these yōkai are present – horns, crushing kanabō clubs, and (in Warlord’s studio scheme) loincloths of tiger pelt. They feel weighty and dangerous without being hulking.
Two are single part models while the one featured in our spin comes in two parts – the arms are easily fixed in place to make for a slightly more dynamic pose.
Next we have the Daimyō & Retinue set – five metal models, this time fully 28mm in scale, and cast to the good standard you’d expect from Warlord. Two of the retinue models are single part while the daimyo and other two members of his retinue have separate katana arms.
Not to sound like a broken record here, but we really like these designs too! Unlike the Oni Ogres there’s good crossover potential and these could nicely fit into a force for Test of Honour. In fact, with the quality of miniatures across that range and the more historically accurate offerings from the Warlords of Erehwon Samurai range fans of wargaming in feudal and post-feudal Japan have never had it better!
What we really like about these models is they just feel right. They look dangerous but in a realistic way (at least to the eyes of an interested amateur in sword fighting). The sword positions and stances are largely practical and strong rather than some wild dramatic flailing strike. It brings gravitas and controlled danger to them.
At less than £4 each ($5.50 USD) these are decent value too and given some brush attention from a capable painter will look outstanding.