Welcome Fellow Fio,
Some of you may know my work on the Naga'la and Shea'Shi auxiliaries I field for my tau cadre. Fun to make and confirmation I'm a nutcase for converting stuff. I make up my own models.. and then convert them.
However, some folks are time poor and finding aliens to fight with or against your Tau beyond the Games Workshop range is a big question. Please enjoy this extensive collection of some of the best Miniature lines I have come across over the last ten years. Do support independent miniature companies!
GW Inquisitor Alien Generator :
Alien Generator PDF
Whilst based in the Inquisitor 54mm scale game, it serves as a great guide to designing your aliens.
GW Creature Feature Generator :
Creature Feature Generator PDF
Files provided by Shas'El Tael and Gniknok
Alternate Alien and Ally Miniature Ranges;
[Filtered for quality, suitability, scale (28mm) and originality]
Rogue Stars by Osprey (Frostgrave folks)
Rogue Stars is a small space crew skirmish game, akin to Han Solo and Chewy verse gangers in a bad deal. The miniatures are of good quality and several of the aliens well worth picking up:
Maelstrom's Edge is a new Sci Fi combat game, whilst the core range is very futuristic and not harmonious with a new range of mercenary sprues has been announced:
Badger Games Drantakh
Badger Games recently announced the re-release and update of the entire range, including new specialists and more..! I have several of these originals and the quality is very much up there by industry legend, Bob Olley.
Mantic has a few ranges on the go presently and one spin off in particular has been exploring alien entities. Member El'mo sent this one in
Gates of Antares Forces
Beyond the Gates of Antares is Warlord's own Science Fiction wargame, written by Rick Priestley. The first model releases are already available in our webstore. Several factions are included. The figures are slightly larger than GW figures, though the aliens can get away with this easily.
Dark Potential Miniatures Game
Where humanity is holding on to its very survival. Where nature has reclaimed what was once hers. Where hostile aliens seek to finish what they failed to accomplish a hundred years ago: Destroy all of humanity. Pretty dramatic stuff, but some nice Protoss-esque aliens, the X'lanthos. There is also the 'Reclaimer' faction which would make suitably helmed bipedal opponents as in Battleship, the Movie.
Zombie Smith, Retro Sci-Fi Quar troopers and Alien travellers range (new 2010) [Link]
They have light, and specialist infantry models plus extras. all World War 1 themed.
Hasslefree Miniatures, Sci Fi miniatures [Link]
Kev White, a master sculptor has a superb range of miniatures, especially the diminutive Grymn and the evil Borkhan and sci-fi Zombie range. Various infantry types catered for. Those pictured are for quality example only, the range is massive.
Ral Partha's 'VOR' Shard Alien Faction[Link]
Whilst VOR the game system has been discontinued, the miniatures thankfully, are readily available through their UK/European studio. These are Shard, a crystalline race of psionic users. Several infantry types and a few differing quadrupedal assault troops.
[UPDATE] The range has been picked up by ZombieSmith, now released as the To'Ok with the soon to be released Ute'wehi faction, originally the 'Jakrats' line. New images below :
Corvus Belli's sci-fi Manga inspired range "Infinity" [Link]
A collection of light to heavy infantry and small mecha, several factions make up the range, I recommend the PanOceania & Yu Jing for Tau mecha stylings and the Combined faction for "aliens". The Ariadna range is along the lines of "mercenary-style" troops, suitable for Human Auxiliaries.
Urban Mammoth miniatures, Void1.1 & Urban War [Link]
A good range of miniatures with various infantry from several 'Factions'.
3D miniatures, Sci Fi Aliens [Link]
Recently released multi-era Aliens in the classic 'Grey' style. The range has poses using Psionic powers also.
Paulson Games, SciFi Parts and Models [Link]
In today’s bitz market, there are several companies who have taken to producing weapons or gear that can be used on a variety of miniatures. One of those companies is out very own Paulson Games. So I decided to take a look at some of the 28mm and 54mm parts he has available.
Alternate Vehicle Models:
Old Crow Miniatures, SciFi human vehicles [Link]
A great range of futuristic wheeled, hover and grav vehicles in 25mm scale, suitable as gue'la vehicles for your cadre. Their range of fortifications and emplacement guns is superb too.
Alternate Terrain Models:
Micro Art Studio[Link]
A great range of scenery and parts. More recently they have been creating laser cut building structures for sci fi gaming. Very suitable to prefab housing in Tau colonies etc. known as "Tau Ceti" range.
Warmill's Barricade system[Link]
Another producer of more gothic structures in the 28mm scale, the modular Barricade system.
Gamecraft Interiors and 28mm buildings[Link]
Producing an array of scales, their new Sci Fi Interiors range is well crafted and allows for many options and genres of gaming.
Sarissa Precision's System-8[Link]
Taking on Micro Art Studio in the Infinity market, Sarissa have produced a range of habitation pods for off world colonies and the like. Superb stuff.