|Every Gentleman needs a four-legged friend.|
Every so often a thread about 28mm dogs pops up at TMP. Usually the postee wants to know what is out there and if it looks any good with a "normal" 28mm figure.
There are quite a few manufacturers offering Canines, some depict mutts some refined pedigrees. This goes for the quality also!
In no particular order I will deal with the models I have collected. As an aside, I use them on my bases to add a bit of character. Most of Beimbach-Schönau's General staff favour a four legged companion and a few of my Infantry bases will sport a mutt getting in the way of the advancing troops. Incidentally, I have a Macaw in the parts box but cannot figure out how to use him without making things look too piratical! Perhaps I need to create an ancient mariner named "Lang Johannes Silberstein" then again, perhaps not.
I hope these shots are of use to anyone wishing to buy their troopers a pooch or two. Mr Alexander MacDonald appears courtesy of the Jacobite Retirement Home - he acts as a scale reference. Neither Mr MacDonald or your author are great fans of "Man's best friend" so our opinions concerning accuracy should be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt.
|SGMM (exVendel) Mastiffs - scary.|
First up, four monstrous Mastiffs from what used to be the Vendel range (now owned by Sgt Major Miniatures) If memory serves me well these were sold in a pack of five in their Border Reiver range. Horrible and aggressive looking beasts but my wife assures me they are spot-on in terms of size. Some very nice sculpting on these, but in my opinion, some are a bit "active" to be used as companions. More of a hunting/war party feel - good for manhunts. Also usable as Demon Hounds or similar for those favouring Fantasy games!
|Eureka's elegant greyhounds.|
Incidentally, it has been suggested that these may be "Wolfhounds" rather than "Greyhounds" - as I said earlier, I am no expert and leave it to the reader to make a decision!
|Front Rank: BSP4 "William Cadogan's Dog"|
|Mega Miniatures': Labrador, Collie, St.Bernard and Alsatian.|
|Mega Miniatures': Beagle(?), Irish Setter, and Pitbull.|
|Mega Miniatures': Crazy Mutt & Bulldog.|
As dogs come in all manner of sizes and shapes I don't think I can castigate Mega Miniatures too harshly for the weird ones. That said, both the Pig Faced Pitbull about to pounce and the depressed Irish Setter look a tad strange- not impossible - just odd!
When it comes to value MM Canines are great. You get a dozen in a "pack" for around US$10.00 and can therefore keep your Generals in pets for quite some time.
I recommend checking them out before going elsewhere.
|Thunderbolt Mountain: #8046 Wood Elf Dogs|
|Eureka: 100CIV28 "Frederick vignette"|
I hope this has been of some use to anyone considering a metal pet.