Inches & Cubes Ep. 28 – Training Day

The guys enjoy a few local craft beers while discussing how to prepare yourself for an upcoming hobby event.

Inches & Cubes Podcast Episode 27: “Frag Marry Kill” Pondering the big questions of the hobby

Sit down with Paul, Nick and Adam and their special guest Nick, as they put a 40k twist on your favourite schoolyard question games.

Mini Spotlight – Black Sun Miniatures

By: Kitbasha Jay

On Monday we looked at some random fish people that were given to me by a relative. These were the Black Sun Frogs made for Pulp Figures. When I received them I didn’t know what they were, so I researched them. In my searches however, I found something that I wasn’t looking for. What Bob Ross would call a happy accident.

I started by searching for Black Sun Miniatures. Even though I didn’t find the fish men I was searching for I did find some stunning miniatures. So today I’d like to do a little spotlight on these beautiful pieces.

Black Sun Miniatures creates a wide range of Fantasy and Sci-fi miniatures in many different scales. They do 30mm, 35mm, 54mm, and 75mm. They do both figures and terrain pieces in these scales. All of which are absolutely stunning ranges. Let’s take a look at some of the awesomeness these people have produced.

When I first started browsing their site I thought “Go big or go home” so I looked at their 75mm range. The first figure that stood out to me, of course, was this bad ass sci-fi ork that they call Tuskar.

Black Sun Tuskar

The next figure that drew my eye was this awesome robot. The little boy on the base makes for a really cool atmosphere to this figure. I’m not sure what sci-fi world this comes from, but it looks wicked cool. Everything about this piece makes me feel happy inside.

Black Sun Guardian

Heading into the 30mm range I found some really cool stuff. Obviously their catalogue is too extensive for me to show you all of their stuff, but I really wanted to show this one. The creepy factor to this model gave me shivers. I’m considering using this model in some fashion for a Slaanesh army.

Black Sun Narok

The fact that it has one breast and one peck really goes in line with Citadel’s Daemonettes. It would stand slightly taller than your standard daemonette at 30mm but I’d be ok with that. I don’t think the scale would make it look wierd.

Finally I wanted to show off some of the awesome resin terrain they produce as well. The amount of detail on these is stunning. I can really get into the creepy aesthetic of their pieces. Definitely worth adding to your collection if you’re not into scratch building stuff. These terrain pieces would be just as good for Warhammer as they would be for a Cthulhu RPG.

Gate with Ivy
Creepy Tree

Black Sun also does a wide range of busts which are absolutely stunning. Sadly there is not enough time to show you guys every awesome figure in their catalog. If you want to check them out click HERE.

I’d also be interested in hearing about other lesser known miniature companies. If you have any gems that you want to share feel free to email me at or leave me a comment below. You can also contact me on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

Until our next Encounter!

Random Finds – Pulp Figures

By: Kitbasha Jay

The other day my father-in-law passed me some miniatures that he didn’t want. He received them as a door prize at an event he went to and after realizing he didn’t know what they were he asked me if I wanted them. I never turn down miniatures so I said yes.

At first I didn’t recognize them at all. Except that they would probably make great proxies for Slanni in 40k. But my mind automatically always relates things to 40k. What were these elusive iguana men holding automatic weapons? I was determined to find out.

Black Sun Frogs

At first I noticed it said it was from the Black Sun range of miniatures. So I looked up Black Sun. It turns out there is another miniature company called Black Sun Miniatures. They do absolutely stunning stuff and I will likely do a future blog on them…but it’s not the miniatures I was looking for.

The card in the bag also lists Pulp Figures, Rafm Miniatures and Crucible Crush. So I searched those. The first one was exactly what I was looking for. These are the Black Sun Frogs for Pulp Figures.

Black Sun Fish Minh

These figures are apparently sold as part of a game called Weird War Nam. I have yet to find much information on this game as far as the rules and backstory. If I find out more though I will definitely be blogging about it…Now that I know what they are let’s check out the other companies listed on the package.

Rafm Miniatures seems to deal in a range of Cthulhu Miniatures. I wasn’t able to find the exact fish men I had in my possession but I was able to find these amphibious abnormalities. They referred to them as Deep Ones Fish Men.

Fish Men

They also have a few more fish men type figures which I guess they are selling for use as Dagon. For those of you that don’t know those are the minions of Cthulhu. They’re like hybrid fish people. So here we have a Father Dagon and a Hydra Mother.

Father DagonHydra Mother

Crucible Crush have some awesome Cthulhu miniatures too. They have an entire Cthulhu 28mm range. I again didn’t see the original figures I was looking for but they have a whole set of very similar looking fish men. They’re called the Masters of Devil Reef. This is a wicked cool set. I actually wouldn’t mind picking up a set of these.

Masters of Devil Reef

These are wicked cool. Most of the miniatures I see on these pages are not to the level of detail that I’m used to these days. They’re very reminiscent of the way that companies like citadel designed miniatures in the 80s. They still present a nostalgia in a way and the fact that anyone is producing 28mm Cthulhu miniatures sounds awesome to me.

Like I said before, the first thing I thought of was figures to use as Slaani in 40k. With this assortment of sculpts I just may be able to do that. No promises, but it could be cool picking a few of these up just to see what they’re like. In the meanwhile I have three of these sweet little fish men to play around with.

Let me know if you have dealt with any of these companies before. Or even if you’ve seen some really cool looking fish men in a comparable scale that could help me explore the idea of a Slaani army more. Leave a comment below or comment on our Facebook and/or Instagram pages.

Until our next Encounter!

Inches & Cubes Episode 25: “Brushing Up” – A tale of two painters

With Nick bed-bound, Paul and Adam just nerd out over painting habits and tricks. We start with describing our painting philosophies and then cover how that affects things like, advancing in our painting skills, avoiding and getting out of painters fatigue, and cap it off with some easy tricks to running a multiplayer painting event/session.

Enjoy and stay tuned for next week!

Awesome New Orc Models –

By: Kitbasha Jay

With Orktober coming to an end I thought I’d give our friends at Kromlech another little spotlight. They’ve been releasing such awesome models lately. Every new mini I see from this company makes my jaw drop. The more they develop their Iron Reich Orc models the more I want to completely re-do my ork army.

Kromlech has always been my favourite provider of third party sculpts for Orc models. Their miniatures put citadel to shame at times. Eventually I’d like to update my 40k Ork army to have the WWII theme that Kromlech has pulled off so well. Perhaps a few of the models I’m going to talk about today will find their way into our batreps in the future. So let’s take a look at some of the new stuff from

The first model I want to feature on the blog today is the Iron Reich Warchief. Those that are fans of Kromlech have seen their magnificent Orc Greatcoats. This new Warchief model just adds another level to the awesomeness that is their Orc War 2 line. In fact now that we have a Kromlech answer to a Warboss with the same aesthetic as the Greatcoats it really makes me want to build an Ork army around these models.

Warchief front

Warchief back

This model is absolutely stunning. We all know a Warboss is awesome with a Powerklaw. Even with the -1 to hit he can still bring large models to their knees. This Warboss would look absolutely amazing alongside their Orc Greatcoats. I may have to add one of these to my collection in the near future.

The model is made from a high quality resin, as are all of their models. It stands a whopping 48mm tall and comes with a 40mm plastic base. He comes with a “Krusher” on one arm. The other arm comes with the options for a HMG or a “Brutal Axe”. In 40k terms he has either a Powerklaw and Big Choppa or a Powerklaw and Kustom Shoota. Awesome!

The next model I fell in love with recently is the Orc Chirurgeon on Bike. I had been playing with some Ork lists over the last couple weeks and had thought about resurrecting my Kult of Speed army. Just as I wrote up a few bike heavy lists I went on to see if anything was new. Much to my surprise there was exactly the model I needed. And I need multiples of it.

I love converting. There are so many ways I could convert a Painboy on Bike to complement a Kult of Speed army. This model is so mind blowing that there is no conversion I could do that would turn out better. There is just so much going on with this model that I see something new every time I look at it.

Chirurgeon on Bike

At first I thought he had a little grot buddy riding in the sidecar. This would be perfect to represent a Grot Orderly. Upon closer inspection I realized there is actually two Orderlies in the sidecar. Or perhaps it’s a two headed grot. I’m not sure but the attention to detail is amazing. In fact upon even closer inspection I realized there is a third Grot on the back of the sidecar holding a massive syringe. So Cool!

Grot Orderly on back

This model is full resin much like everything else they produce. In fact it comes with a 105mm scenic resin oval base. Not all their models have that feature. Their scenic bases are absolutely amazing. So to include one with the model is a spectacular bonus. There is so much detail and character in this model that I just want to stare at it for hours. Like I said, the more I look at it the more details I see that I didn’t notice before.

Bravo Kromlech! You have succeeded at amazing me once again. I hope you all enjoy checking out these models as much as I have. Keep ’em coming Kromlech. All us Ork fans are happy to have your extraordinary sculpts to add to our collections.

Until our next Encounter!