Sunday, December 27, 2009

15mm Wasteland Savages Conversions

A bit back, while discussing possible minis for post-apocalyptic settings, I mentioned that I had some 15mm Northeastern American Indians from Irregular that were sitting around collecting dust. It occured to me that there really wasn't much of a difference between these guys and the archetypical mohawked thug from movies like "Road Warrior" and "Doomsday".

It didn't take much, actually. I clipped off a lot of their feathers to make them look less obviously Native American though there is nothing saying that PA savages wouldn't adorn themselves with feathers. I also did a clip job on the hair in some cases - cutting off topknots and cutting into mohawks to make them look spikier or less kept. The weapons I kept the same except for the one without the shield, his pose was sneaky and I decided to go for the character look with him (note his costume shop skeleton pants).

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For shields I wanted to give them something obviously post-apocalyptic, so I cut a few traffic signs from card and cut on of the cast-on shields down to something more basic. The squiggly one looks better from a distance and less like giberish.

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I think they turned out nicely and convey a savage tribal vision of future humans. The pictures are not of finished figs by the way, but I was testing the new camera and figured I'd show some WIP of the almost finished figs. Still have some detailing and washes to do.


Hope you enjoyed,



  1. Nice conversions. I do like the street signs as shields much better than frying pans or the odd wok!

    You could use these for current era games with no real problem - Irregular Miniatures do a game called Riot that these could fit in.


  2. I like the conversions and nice work on the lettering. Good job!

  3. Loving the shield conversion!

    These guys look like they would do nicely for an Escape from New York type game.

  4. Thanks for the comments. I have to admit that I cheated on the YIELD sign - I used a fine point Sharpie pen. Worked like gangbusters.

  5. Great conversions! these will be great on the gaming table!

  6. Sharpies are not cheating. They are a creative use of previously overlooked artistic assets. So there.

  7. Brilliant stuff Eli. Great lateral thinking! Wot I love about your blog!



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