It’s long past time that I wrote about The Assault Group. Based in Nottingham, this miniature manufacturer specialises in white metal models. That’s all they do, and they do it well. The Assault Group’s catalogue spans a wide range of historical periods: from mounted Samurai and Aztec Priests to Tudor Knights, WWII soldiers and present day US Marines. Besides this, they stock a charming range of fantasy miniatures such as halflings (that ride chickens!) dwarfs, hobgoblins and more.
|Ranges:||Fantasy: Dwarfs / Humans / Halflings / Hobgoblins / Undead|
Historical: Medieval Asia / 14th – 17th Century / Vietnam 1960s / WWII / Modern
Livestock & Animals
Parts & Equipment
|Typical Cost:||Heroes: approx £2.50/£3 per model|
Infantry: £1.50 – £2.25 per model
Cavalry: approx £4 per model
To my eye The Assault Group are the gold standard for quality, characterful metal minis. They are hand-sculpted, weighty and detailed, all for a reasonable price. For my hobby, The Assault Group make excellent Dogs of War, standing in dutifully for their eye-wateringly expensive originals.
Overlooking me as I write are Italian crossbowmen as Marksmen of Miragliano, Landsknecht Halberdiers as Paymaster’s Bodyguard, Cossack Fighters as Duellists, and Edmund Blackadder as my cunning Paymaster.
Hand Sculpted Heaven
Like the miniatures of my childhood, The Assault Group models are hand sculpted. While CAD design offers hyper-precision edges, there’s something undeniably magical about a tiny soldier crafted by human hands.
Hand sculpted miniatures invite us into a world of boundless imagination, where the artisan’s unique vision breathed life into a ball of putty. Each figure bears the mark of its creator, telling a story that connects us with the rich history of our hobby. With every brush mark and thumbprint we’re transported to the sculptor’s own experience hunched over the work desk. And as we splash colour onto their work, we gladly take that baton one step closer to the tabletop.
Scalewise, Assault Group minis are a decent 28mm: not as thin or tall as Perry Miniatures, nor as squat and heroic as some herohammer models. Here are some comparisons for scale:
As you can see they fit nicely alongside models from other ranges. This includes their built-in base support, which I have cleverly hidden with flock and coffee grounds.
Very little, I’m pleased to say. Infantry models come as one lump of metal, each blister containing a range of poses so the unit looks varied. The most I’ve had to assemble is sticking weapons to hands. Easy peasy.
As for casting, the quality is excellent. There’s very little to scrape off, and the details are nice and sharp. It’s a shame that unprimed, unpainted metal photographs so poorly; the photos on the Assault Group’s website do not do it justice. If you’d like to see them in glorious colour, there is a detailed members’ gallery to browse.
Prices range from £2.50/£3 for heroes and £4 for cavalry. The Assault Group offer batch discounts if you are building a unit: 24 pikemen, for example, amount to around £1.50 per model. Even for plastic models this is competitive, and compared with the sky high prices you’d see on eBay, it’s a veritable bargain!
Merchants like The Assault Group support the creative community of talented artists and sculptors who pour their hearts and souls into their work. By choosing these unique, handcrafted gems, we’re not only enriching our games, but also fostering the passion that drives our vibrant hobby. Long may their figures roam the tabletop.