|Year Established||January 2019 (Approximate)|
|Notable Employees||Bob Naismith|
|Notable Games||Death Fields|
Wargames Atlantic is a miniatures company. The company is notable for having sculpting done by Bob Naismith, who used to work at GW.
Their main appeal to /tg/ is their Death Fields line, which is pretty clearly designed to provide cheap proxies for Guard armies. The Les Grognards kit comes with more than twice the amount of men (and 192 heads) for the same price as a Cadian squad. They also have a growing line of interesting historicals (as of right now, they're the only ones making plastic French Partisans).
The downside of cheapness is that there are a few more limitations than some of the other third-party manufacturers. While the actual models are fairly high quality, they're also fairly monopose. The aforementioned Grognards kit has only three bodies and three rifle arm poses, so you're going to get very familiar with the same nine dudes in your guard army.
Update: the Grognards have a second set, which is a combination of heavy weapon teams and command models... The box is really good as you can build 6 heavy weapon teams from it and the command option has the choice of a medic, banner bearer, sniper, powerfists (though they are bloody odd-looking) and multiple command heads (including lady guard). So if you want to make a guard army on the cheap buy yourself one command/ heavy weapon box and a couple of infantry boxes, it will total 60 models (12 in the command and 24 per infantry box).
Also in fairness to the infantry box you do get all the special weapon options and a sergeant choice (though why they put both the chainsword and pistol arm on the right hand is beyond me).
£75 (£25 a box) will get you 6 heavy weapon teams (more if you can convert), a boatload of special weapons (coming in four flavours though the plasma and melta variants are a little off) and enough options for as many officers as you like. Honestly, anyone looking for something more akin to the imperial guard from 1997 (as those plastic Catachans came in a box of 20 at first) then it is really worth a look. Anyone with a half-decent bits box can make these little guys into something pretty special....
Warning all Wargames Atlantic sets come without bases. It's not a massive deal breaker but make sure you take that into account when working out if these boys are for you,
- Raumjäger Infantry
24 men in a box for £25 so that's £1.04 a model. The idea behind these boys is a WW2 german paratrooper vibe, but they would make good proxies for someone looking at a steel legion army. 8 identical sprues and each sprue containing a flamer, plasma, some heavy rifle that won't port over to GW well and a vox caster. These are chunky boys with lots of webbing on them so its a bit of a challenge to make interesting conversions (though not impossible), they also have a smattering of female heads which is appreciated.
- Les Grognards
Another 24 for boys for £25. We have a classic French look and greatcoats, but interestingly they come with a plethora of head options, we have shakos, bearskins, a type of flat hat (possibly a french Kepi) and the classic Adrian Helmet. Do you want each of these to come with a gas mask as well as an open-faced version? Well, that's what you get. Considering somewhere like Anvil Industries will sell you 7 alternative heads for about £3.50 alone, this box is a steal for the right audience (192 heads in total I believe). Each sprue comes with a flamer, plasma gun, melta and grenade launcher as well as a rather nice looking chainsword (though sadly no vox caster). Bearskins!!! Do I hear Vostroyan? I think I do.
- Les Grognard Command/Heavy Weapon Sprue.
Ok, Wargames Atlantic is mixing it up this box which comes with three identical sprues and enough to build six heavy weapons and 12 men for £25. Though everything on the sprue is compatible with the infantry set so if you bought one of each you could pull more out of it. Each sprue has the option of four heavy weapons, a lascannon, mortar, some kinda gatling thing (could possibly be a stand in for a heavy bolter) and a weird anti-aircraft gun, so your mileage may vary but you can make three convincing Mortar and lascannon teams from the kit at least. You also have some command options such as a sniper, medic, standard-bearer and vox operator, also anyone looking for some decent sci-fi bicorns will be in their element. The set also has some lady heads which is always appreciated and a bottle of wine because French I guess.
These boys come in a box of 24 for £25. These are a combination of Vikings with space squats, so we see furs and beards and some medieval helmets. It contains 8 identical sprues and each sprue contains three bodies, a flamer, plasma gun, grenade launcher, vox caster and a shield and an axe for some reason. These boys are noticeably smaller than regular GW humans, to criticise somewhat they are fairly slim compared to a GW dwarf so they are an acquired taste for someone building a budding squat army.
- Cannon Fodder
Not out yet but definitely one to look out for, they appear to be in some kind of prison jumpsuit and the rifles they carry look most similar to a lasgun WA have made yet. Might be worth considering if you want to make a penal company, planetary defence force, Traitor Army or if you just want some conscripts that stand out from the rest of your troops. The mock-up photos also include a plasma gun which is probably the most important piece for any proxy builder.
- German infantry (1916-1918)
30 men for £25, six identical sprues each containing 6 bodies. But it comes with all that pickelhaube and stahlhelm goodness you could want (approximately 150 heads in this one box). Do I hear deathkorps? Combine these boys with some Grognards and you're pretty much on your way.
- Partisans (1) French Resistance
- Eisenkern Stormtroopers
Probably the worst set so far if you're looking at a guard army, you get 20 men for £25 (still better value than Cadians though). The bodies are also noticeably slimmer than a standard GW human (considering all the armour they come in) and you get no special weapon proxies. However, the head design here is fantastic. They are a true update of the dreamforge models from 2013 so will not be suitable for everyone.
How to make a Cheap Guard Army
So the aim is to squeeze 500pts out of three boxes of Les Grognards, this will cost you £75 and provide you with 2 infantry boxes and one command/heavy weapon box. Wargames Atlantic do provide a discount of £70 for three boxes so you are getting a minor saving also on the plus side at this price postage is free from the company too (at time of writing).
So what to do with sixty men using just the contents of the boxes...
HQ - 2 x company commanders (if you want give them powerfists)
Elites - 1 special weapon squad with 3 x sniper rifles 1 special weapon squad with 3x meltas
Troops - 1 infantry squad with flamer 3 x infantry squads with lascannon and plasma (vox casters optional but you only get three in total)
Heavy Support - 1 heavy weapon team x3 mortars (6 men)
Now that is a core for any budding guard commander as it clocks in at about 467pts naked, 487pts if you give both commanders power fists and you can bump it over 502 if you attach three vox casters... Sure I put down a three man sniper squad but that's only because I am insane, the two infantry boxes provide a total of 16 special weapons (well 64, but 16 of each type, so 16 plasma). If you want to go plasma mad then have at it, you could even take the 12 men from the two special weapon squads and make a veteran squad and a couple more officers, heck if you have a bald head you can even give someone the Eagle banner and call him an astropath or psyker, or combine an officers head with the vox caster and phone and call him a Master of Ordinance (you do you).
Now to build the equivalent in GW models you would need 3 command squad boxes (£22.50 x 3), 2 heavy weapon squad boxes (£25 x 2) and 3 infantry squad boxes (£22.50 x 3) and that little 5 man box for £6, which would cost you £191 from GW directly and about £150 from a third party retailer (gotta love that 20% discount).
What you are missing is bases at this point however so lets add £15 for enough bases for the army.
So it is £85 versus £150 at best.... heck that's a £65 saving, anyone want to grab a couple of Leman Russes?
Also Wargames Atlantic if your listening please make a Grognard Cavalry set, I like death riders, but I will not pay £75 for 5.
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