Mini-maker Para-Bellum is thinking big in its 5th anniversary celebrations, rolling out giant-size miniatures that will rock the games this year. The studio has opened pre-orders for a new Abomination of the Spires model, a size similar to a Warhammer daemon prince or greater daemon.
The new Abomination kit is made from resin and replaces the plastic kit originally released in 2019. As part of Conquest’s fifth anniversary, the new kit joins an impressive line of monsters including dinosaurs, giants, and nameless horrors.
A new wargame is a risky plan, especially if you use a miniature scale that can’t be used with other wargames. Yet Conquest has made it five years despite the odds. Its sculptures play a huge role, as do the miniatures, which are sure to appeal to people who enjoy painting miniatures.
In addition to the Dweghom Hellbringer Drake, the Spires Siegebreaker is a writhing nightmare, similar to MTG Sliver on steroids. The Nord Jotnar resembles an enormous T-Rex, and the Nord Jotnar makes a great centerpiece miniature for DnD.
In a lot of ways, they aren’t better than Games Workshop‘s monsters from last year, like the new Tyranid range, the Tahlia Vedra on Manticore in Cities of Sigmar, and Daemon Primarch Angron. But they show up the weaker, older parts of the range.
Chaos Daemons’ core designs are timeless, but the minis lack the endless variety that can be found in Warhammer 40k books and Warhammer art. The older sculptures don’t stand up to the advent of 3D printers, which can create horror miniatures at will.
It is good for the industry to have competition, and there are no doubts that the Games Workshop’s sculptors will look at Conquest’s designs to figure out how to improve their own. Let’s hope that Para Bellum will continue to produce excellent monster designs for years to come.