Monday, 7 January 2019

Buzz, Buzz

Okay, I admit it. When I wrote Rangers of Shadow Deep, I included ‘giant flies’ in several scenarios without having the slightest idea where players would get such miniatures. I wasn’t worried though, I’ve noticed that miniature gamers, especially those attracted to more open-ended games like this one, are infinitely inventive. I have since seen several suggestions to use for giant flies, but the most popular seems to be this set of ‘joke flies’ on amazon. Since I needed some giant flies for my Blood Moon set-up, I ordered a pack.

So far, I have ‘painted’ six of them, which is probably all I will need for Blood Moon. I say painted, but the only thing I actually painted were the bases. I painted up and flocked some bases, and then I just glued the flies on top. I haven’t otherwise touched them with a brush. It just didn’t seem worth the effort.

So here they are menacing a new ranger I recently painted.

Anyway, if you are looking for flies, these are recommended. Actually, if you can bring yourself to do it, it looks like you can get the same flies for several pounds cheaper if you are willing to buy plastic poo at the same time. Personally, I'm kind of glad I paid the extra few pounds for less... [It has been pointed out that the cheaper ones are only 10mm. The more expensive are 15mm.]


  1. But if someone did happen to buy the cheaper version, what statistics would you give for any Gelatinous Poo monster that our Rangers happen upon? Asking for a friend.

  2. They look suitable, erm, Geoff Goldbaum.

  3. Very cool looking. Quick as well!

  4. I was thinking on how to tackle this kind of monster, seems like you just handed me the solution.
    Thanks a lot for the link!

  5. You can go even cheaper, if you're willing to wait (shipping from China or something I assume):

    Too bad they don't do all the FG animals, though I've just been painting some cheap Chinese bear and monkey toys.

  6. Love the flies! I'm going to use these stirge minis from Otherworld: