In 2011, Anvil Industry joined the crowded market of selling conversion bits for 28-millimeter scale models, aiming particularly at the Warhammer 40,000 range. They produce two main ranges—Exo-Lords and Regiments (power-armor-equipped soldiers and standard infantry, respectively)—selling both full models and individual sprues of bits for conversion work on other models. Anvil Industry also found success in its own tabletop game, Afterlife, which raised over $50,000 via Kickstarter in 2014.
The company’s latest release, the Trench Fighters range, consists of models inspired by World War I and World War II with a science-fiction twist, allowing you to field soldiers wearing Brodie helmets and greatcoats while carrying phase carbines and ion guns into battle. These options, along with their more traditional sci-fi offerings, would look right at home in a game of Warhammer 40,000 or any other 28-millimeter sci-fi tabletop game. Anvil Industry models would also be an excellent resource for diorama makers or players of sci-fi tabletop RPGs looking for miniatures to represent their characters and enemies. With a huge number of possible models (the website estimates there are over 100,000 unique combinations) you can assemble models from a variety of settings—from steampunk to the far future. I purchased a squad wearing greatcoats and fur caps, which could pass as cold-weather soldiers, a penal regiment, or even Soviet infantry in a historically themed game.
Games Workshop’s entire Imperial Guard range is, by and large, showing its age and has not received a new infantry sculpt in years. A new player likely won’t want to deal with the ancient single-pose metal Tallarn, Steel Legion, and Vostroyan models. And with the plastic Catachan infantry models seemingly having fallen by the wayside, the only other plastic option is Cadian Shock Troops, a boring sculpt that’s very much lacking in inter-range kitbashing. A set or two of Anvil Industry bits can spice up the visual variety in an army.
Anvil Industry miniatures are produced using the best hard resin I’ve handled, almost entirely free of defects, and have a minimal amount of flash and mold lines. This is in stark contrast to something like the supremely expensive offerings from Forge World, where you’re almost guaranteed a fair amount of needed cleanup, patchwork, and straightening of warped parts. While Anvil Industry casts may not have the extreme detail of Forge World, the figures look great when painted up.
The Anvil web store is cleverly designed—with so many options in the Regiments line, users are able to order full squads, choosing head, torso, leg, and weapons from visual menus. There’s also a 3D modeler available to give a clear picture of what various pieces look like together. The prices are reasonable, with a basic 10-man squad running around $33 (exact prices depend on the current dollar-to-pound exchange rate), or about the same price as a box of Cadian Shock Troops from Games Workshop. Shipping is less than $6, and orders over $50 ship free. Despite the estimated shipping time to the US being two to four weeks, my order arrived eight days after it shipped. Anvil’s customer service was also great. After placing my order, I realized that I forgot to buy an item and contacted customer service. They sent a PayPal invoice for the item and added it to my order, without any additional fees or shipping delays.
Anvil Industry products are indispensable for anyone interested in conversion work, or for painters looking for new models to test their skills on.