Sunday, 17 November 2013
Warfare at Reading and the other sides of Kallistra
The trade area was as per normal and I had an interesting chat with Paul and Sally Kerrison of Kallistra. Kallistra's Hexon II is a well-known and, indeed, brilliant system for transferring the digital precision of boardgaming to the analogue world of miniatures. What seems to be surprisingly overlooked, however, is Kallistra's range of miniatures and its Hexon-orientated rules.
The miniatures are 12mm which is a rather 'bastard' size, but the sculpts are superb. I was looking in particular at its AWI range (though I'm also interested in the Early WW1 range). As you would expect, the figures are somewhere between, say, 10mm Pendraken and 15mm Peter Pig. The issue with a unique scale is that the range needs to be complete because you are not going to be able to supplement the figures from another manufacturer.
The same presumably holds for Eureka's 18mm SYW range, another Eighteenth Century option that has caught my attention along with Pendraken, Baccus and the possibility of 3mm. In any event, I would want to obtain figures all in march pose, so that might require some negotiation.
Hordes & Heroes Medieval is, I believe, the first historical set of Kallistra hex rules and looks well worth trying with my large but currently unused collection of 15mm mediaevals originally amassed for DBM.