Guest Entry: Alternative Miniatures for Earthdawn

The following article comes from Raalou and is part of my open call for Guest Bloggers

We first started playing Earthdawn without figurines. It never occurred to us to use 'actual' minis. We did use counters and white board squiggles and maps. After years of playing, our GM was given a box of Warhammer Orcs for his birthday and he found a love for painting miniatures. He then bought the Descent series of Dungeon Crawl board games and set to painting the minis from them. With all the work that went in, we started using the minis as our tokens for our Earthdawn Campaign.

We upgraded our table to include a hex map and accepted the challenge of finding Earthdawn miniatures so that we had better representations of our characters, particularly because of the size differences between trolls down to humans down to Windlings.

Our GMs wife, with a black belt in Google-Fu, was asked to search the WWW and find representations of our characters.

After days of searching, we came across figures that would be great representations for the races of Barsaive:

The only race we have had trouble finding miniatures for entirely is Obsidimen, although Trolls are not the easiest to find either. If anyone has any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.

Then a new challenge was presented as RedBrick produced the Cathay Series in Earthdawn. After having played with our Barsaivian minis for about a year, we knew we HAD to get some Cathay Minis BEFORE we started their Campaign. Still not decided on races and disciplines we were all going to play, we did a general search for all Cathay related characters.

Here is a list of sites and some specific miniatures that we have found so far:

Here is a great figure for a Po Na (monkey man) Monk/Sword Dancer: 

We are going to remove the bladed weapons and he will become our Pugilist. Will post a pic once we are done.

AND for a female Samurai:

For the armies, chariots and soldiers we have looked at:

So from doing our research, manipulating some minis and purchasing separate weapons and accessories, here are the minis that we are using now:

This Human Swordmaster (Axe-Master) is from here and axes from here.

This Human Cavalryman (Amazonian Woman type) is from here.

This Troll Skyraider is made up of this mini (perfect size for ED Troll). I shaved off the skull in the front of the armor. Added some Warhammer Black Orc horns that came in this set.

This Human Nethermancer is from here. The wings are Manticores wings sewn onto a cloak. Wings from here and the tails are made with Green Stuff found here.

This Windling Elementalist is found here.

This Human Beastmaster is a combination of 2 mini's found here and for the arms here. CLAW SHAPE BABY!!

This Elven Archer (with crossbow) is found here.

  This Dwarf Troubadour is a compilation (pun not intended) of this mini and his instrument comes from here.


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This was the last entry of my Open Call for Guest Bloggers, I hope you enjoyed the articles as I did. I thank all participants, who did a great job writing those articles.

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