Well you can't fault Mr Copplestone on his service. My new 18mm fantasy figures arrived just two and a half days after I ordered them.
The first thing I noticed was that they are really, really tiny. I was sort of expecting them to be small Airfix size but they are, as my daughter said, "reallly widgey!" This makes the level of detail, particularly on the faces, even more amazing. If more 15mm figures were like this I might buy them! Best thing about them is the anatomy: in proportion heads -amazing!
The Northlander warriors are basically his Foundry Ancient Germans and nothing wrong with that. The male barbarians are all basically Conan and the female ones actually have pretty faces!
I have based them on 12mm card squares (two thirds of the height of the figures) as I am going to use the Song of Blades and Heroes rules which I just downloaded. Apparently you can play a game with 4 -20 figures: ideal. This is because I want to do small skirmishes (I always thought that people who do skirmish wargaming in 15mm are a bit silly!) rather than Hordes of the Things type big battles. Anyway, I have played the firearms equivalent of the rules, Flying Lead, and liked them a lot.
The suggested battle area is a two foot by two foot square so I can use my Citadel battle boards. It's Colours this weekend so I am thinking about looking for some Conan type scenic features. I'm now having to go on Saturday, which I have never done before, as my daughter has a school play rehearsal on Sunday.
Painting them is going to be a major challenge (which is really why I bought them) and I will probably need a new brush before I do any detailed work. I will start with this group of a half dozen and see how it goes!
It's madness really!