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Prehistoric Megafauna Extinct - Shock Report!

November 29th, 2004 (07:44 pm)

Up until a few months ago, there was an interesting range of 25mm dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts produced by a company called DZ Historical Miniatures. As far as dinosaurs were concerned, they went for the larger and less obvious choices - for example, a gigantic Liopleuridon emerging from the water (strictly speaking, a pliosaur rather than a dinosaur), the Spinosaurus, a couple of Iguanadons and a Baryonyx. At the other end of the scale there was a pack of a dozen or so tiny Dimorphodon. They also produced some prehistoric mammals, including cave bears, mammoths, coelodonta (woolly rhinoceros) and arsinoitherium, among others. They also had some modern animals, including officially the best tiger figure ever (because I say so).

Rather frustratingly, they disappeared from the North Star web site just as I was about to start buying the prehistoric ranges. I've made some inquiries since they disappeared, and it seems that the moulds now belong to the editor of Wargames Illustrated.

I've written to him requesting that the figures be re-released, but one letter isn't likely to make much difference. If you have an interest in this sort of figure, especially if you might actually buy, please consider writing a polite letter asking for the ranges to be brought back on the market.

In the meantime, if you want dinosaur figures, the best place to look is The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company. I can't say enough nice things about HLBS, their customer service is great.

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Posted by: Nik Whitehead (sharikkamur)
Posted at: November 30th, 2004 11:58 pm (UTC)
De Bellis Dinosauris

So once you have persuaded someone to recast the figures, I presume you'll be playing something like DBD then?

http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/jrz3/DBM/debellis.htm

(Just in case you hadn't come across it before.)

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: December 1st, 2004 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: De Bellis Dinosauris

Ooh, no, I hadn't come across that. Thank you! My other sources of inspiration are assorted steampunk rules sets, plus Saurian Safari and Mammalian Mayhem. There's also Bog-a-ten and I've just found Dinosaur Hunting for G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T..

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 27th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
Prehistoric Megafauna Extinction

Rather frustratingly, they disappeared from the North Star web site just as I was about to start buying the prehistoric ranges. I've made some inquiries since they disappeared, and it seems that the moulds now belong to the editor of Wargames Illustrated.

Funny since I was searching around myself for those old HLBS prehistoric mammals and google brought me here. I wanted to employ them as hinterland wilderness denizens to be encountered by my Foundry bronze age northern europeans. I suppose this is just another manifestation of the general lack of respect accorded these creatures compared with the over-played dinosaurs. Anyway, I'll follow suit and write too. Did you actually send snailmail or just e-mail that link?

Speaking of links, try this:

http://www.sbarber-models.clara.net/main.html

If you haven't already heard of Steve Barber that is. The stuff doesn't look bad but consists unfortunately of "obvious choices"

Jody

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: January 6th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Prehistoric Megafauna Extinction
Blockhead

I understand that at least some of the range are now being produced in resin by Stratagem, but they seem to have a really bad reputation for their responsiveness - personally, I've written to them twice, once including an SAE, without receiving any reply.

I have already acquired the Steve Barber models - now, must get back to painting that Megalodon...

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