As a wargamer who paints miniatures rather slowly and who at the same time enjoys a variety of sometimes obscure wargaming systems, across multiple genres, I like having a collection of serviceable pre-painted miniatures on hand. It simply gives me more immediate gameplay options, while I shamefully chip away at my personal mountain of unpainted figures.
Obviously pre-paints don’t really work if you’re playing games like Warhammer 40,000 or Star Wars: Legion, which are closely tied to their publishers’ proprietary miniature lines. Pre-painted miniatures also, understandably, hold little appeal for hobbyists who really enjoy assembling and painting their own tabletop armies.
But for those of us who might be in the hobby a little more for the gaming than the modeling, having some decent pre-paints on the shelf means we can just pop open a few beers, grab an old set of skirmish rules and enjoy some spontaneous tabletop carnage, even if some (or most) of our miniature painting tasks remain unfinished.
Which brings us to our video. About a year ago I “invested” $200 in a batch of discount pre-painted miniatures for Confrontation Age of Rag’Narok, which is a medieval-fantasy battle system from the now-defunct French wargaming company Rackham.
Released in 2007, Age of Rag’Narok seems like Rackham’s attempt to market a more widely accessible version of its earlier Confrontation skirmish games, which the company produced along with some truly spectacular metal miniatures. Rackham unfortunately went out of business just a few years after the release of Confrontation Age of Rag’Narok, leading many retailers at the time to discount their remaining Rackham inventory.
You can still purchase brand-new Confrontation Age of Rag’Narok starter sets online, though the availability of these may finally be dwindling. Personally I’m very pleased with my haul of Confrontation loot and frankly somewhat impressed by the quality of the Age of Rag’Narok plastic miniatures. The figures won’t win any painting awards, but for our casual tabletop battles they’ll certainly do. Check out the video above and judge for yourself.