Top 50 Best Alternatives to GW Miniatures: UPDATED

best-alternative-miniatures-games-workshopHere is our updated list of the best alternatives to Games Workshop Warhammer miniatures from independent third-party company releases!

They say competition breeds innovation and lower prices, which seems to hold for this industry.

Once again, it’s hard to deny that Games Workshop’s designs for miniatures have made a quantum leap in the last few years. Part of that is sure to stem from the new 3D computer design and printing technology out there. However, the competition has made similar advances too.

Best Alternatives to Games Workshop & Warhammer Miniatures 2023

With the growing hobby world, some talented artists have brought their big guns to the table with these alternate bits and kits.

Here is our latest list of the best third-party alternatives to Games Workshop and Warhammer miniatures!

X-men-New-Marvel-Crisis-protocolIf you want to see some of the best alternative games to Warhammer in general, be sure to check our recent list of the games we love to play outside of Games Workshop.

Sci-fi Alternative Miniatures To Games Workshop

Let’s take a look at our updated list of some of the best independent company miniatures for alternatives to Games Workshop miniatures and the tabletop hobby in general:

Iron Brother


Imperial Iron Brother by Wargame Exclusive

  • Zealot Miniatures awesome selection of fantasy minis and terrain.
  • Anvil Industry  Futuristic sci-fi soldiers and bit collections
  • Deadly Print Studio has some of the best-looking 3D printable accessories for your models.
  • Heresy Lab has amazing alternative designs for games like Warhammer 40k, Mordhiem, Necromunda, and more.


SpaceNam Plastics from Wargames Atlantic

  • Wargames Atlantic Has some of the coolest minis on the market for insanely affordable prices.
  • Modiphius offers some of the coolest games on the market, with many great minis that are usable in many game systems.
  • Armorcast Terraform Terrain They have some amazing laser-cut terrain that will set your tabletop apart.

Primaris Magnum 2Magnum Packs From Liber Daemonica

Space Marine alternatives effectsMuzzle Effects & Smoke Effects by Deadly Print Studio

October PuppetswarPuppets War – Ork Walker (printed or STL)

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  • Heresy Miniatures Great fantasy minis!
  • Copplestone Castings Soldier minis & more
  • Hf minis Character alternatives!
  • The Assault Group More character alternatives
  • Mantic Games alternate army options. Great centerpiece models
  • Infinity the Game Incredible futuristic sculpts perfect for characters/elites
  • Taro Modelmaker has amazing-quality resin alternate bits for futuristic/sci-fi mechanical walkers like Knights.
  • Fox Box This company is awesome if you’re looking for a bunch of specific bits. If you’re in the market for the things that are harder to find, Fox Box probably has them.
  • Mortian Incredible futuristic tank options fit the bill for all kinds of battlefield roles in your games.
  • Imperial Terrain Imperial Terrain has a huge variety of terrain options matching futuristic battlezones/town buildings as well as overgrown temples/ ancient ruins.

Seraphim Knights bitsKromlech Seraphim Knights Primary Conversion Bits 

Fantasy Alternative Miniatures To Games Workshop

  • Tabletop Art Fantasy Figures
  • Dark Sword Miniatures Fantastic options for D&D/fantasy characters
  • Avatars-of-War has some of the coolest classic styles of sculpts out there!
  • Reaper Mini
  • Spellcrow One pic doesn’t do Spellcrow justice. They’ve got alternate bits for fantasy and futuristic sci-fi games as well as their own line of models.

October Avatars of War 7Classic Orcs by Avatars of War

High Elves 2High Elves by Raging Heroes 

Mjagnir, JötunnMierce Miniatures’ Mjagnir

There’s no doubt that plenty of awesome miniature companies are out there. And with all of these to choose from, take your time and explore what they offer to ensure you get exactly what you want from the Best Alternatives to Games Workshop and Warhammer Miniatures this year!

best-alternatives-to-GW-gamesClick Here For The Best Alternative Tabletop Games to GW

What do you think about these Alternatives to Games Workshop and Warhammer Miniatures? Do you have a “go-to”?

Editor’s Note:  Since we published the first article of this series over six years ago, we have received a lot of messages asking us why “XYZ” company wasn’t on this list, either by hobbyists who had used their products OR by the folks who owned those companies.  To be clear, this is a list of folks I have personally worked with in the past or used their products, so, for the most part, I can say they “don’t suck.” 

That said, feel free to email us (support AT Spikeybits.com) if you think we should look at a particular company or want to get your product into our hands for a promo or review.

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