The enigma of Enigma Miniatures

“Enigma Miniatures” is now a company in Spain that produce some very nice figures. But at least ten years ago, there was another company, also called Enigma, which I believe operated out of Canada (their packaging was partly or wholly in French). These Enigma figures were generally large 28-30mm scale figures and seemed to be meant to stand in for Citadel/Games Workshop figures, although they were always just different enough to make me unsure.

Sadly, there is nothing on the Lost Minis Wiki about Enigma miniatures, but I should ask around some collector’s forums to see if if there is any more info on these.

I think some of the Enigma figures were pretty crude, and I will never understand how they could afford to sell their figures for so little. They were very inexpensive considering how much metal went into them. They used bases of a size similar to GW’s slotta bases but made of solid metal. I think they bucked the “lead-free pewter” trend of the early 1990s, and used an old fashioned lead/tin mix. But the ones I did pick up have a lot of character. (Click to embiggen — sorry about the dust!)

These guys came in a little plastic package. I’m not sure I like the livery, but otherwise they came out ok. I guess they are supposed to stand in for Warhammer Imperial troops, but they just look like a random assortment of knights and man-at-arms to me. I like that they combined the standard and musician in one figure. The guy with a two-handed sword makes no sense to me, but neither does the leader’s sword. The guy with the mace is a conversion (I made his mace).

I also bought the stand-in figure for a snotling pump-wagon, or that’s what I think it is. It is more like a train than a pumpwagon, and came with no crew. But it is covered in large mushrooms, which suggests GW goblins and snotlings. I have to paint it still. I also picked up a naval cannon for use with the pirates figures, perhaps. That too is unpainted. I should paint them some day.

Does anyone else have Enigma miniatures, or know anything about them?

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  1. Yes! I do have some. Horrible not-Space-Marines with lumpen “not-bolters” and backpacks cast on. Also had an Ork boar-rider and mount that were equally bad.

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