Aug 222010

Finished painting a mini for the undead forces of the next Stillburg scenario. It’s Mordini; the commander of the old Regiment of Renown Nightmare Legion. Not sure that will be his name in Stillburg, but as I think “Mordini” every time I see him I’m pretty sure I’ll use the name. He’ll serve as a skeleton captain (skeleton warrior with Leader trait).

He’s one of the first minis I acquired in my return to Citadel miniatures this spring. Been looking forward to paint him up, especially since I recently decided to collect and complete a few different Regiments of Renown. So far, I’ve got full sets of Harboth’s Archers, Knights of the Cleansing Flame and Mordini’s Nightmare Legion. Here’s another shot of Mordini with two of his cronies. Pretty rough sculpts by the Perry Twins, but they paint up nice and I’ve got a bunch of them on the boiler now, to use as regular skeleton warriors.

Coming up next, two zombies. Managed to get them half done today, in just an hour or two of painting. Incredibly quick for me!

Aug 122010

One shieldswap later (and I’m not sure it’s for the better) here’s the full profile for Crazy Macy Sonnenshield.

The model was sculpted by good ol’ Jes Goodwin and released in 1986, I believe. The first mention of it I’ve found is as Gnawa Batter in the 1986 Citadel Journal in the C01 Fighters range. She’s named “Macelady” on the slotta tab, but was also available as Julia McEwman in the Tragedy of McDeath scenario pack. Lovely mini, but the straight legs give her a wonky posture and she’s quite a stiff jointed sculpt. I got the mini together with the previously posted ronin, from LeadAsbestos at LAF.

”Crazy” Macy Sonnenshield – Human Adventurer (54 pts)
Quality 3+, Combat 4. Berserk, Fearless, Capricious.
Little is known of this beautiful but deranged female warrior. She’s as deadly as she’s foul mouthed and short tempered. While viewed with some apprehension and mistrust due to her erratic behaviour, the people of Stillburg have learned to accept her as an occassional resident at the Nag’s Head.

“Oi! What’s this ‘capricious’ malarkey?!” I hear you say. Well, it’s a house rule trait of sorts. It’s a bit of a “Solar powered” rip-off, but instead of being either good or bad – it’s a bit of both which ever way the dice roll.

Capricious (0 pts):
At the start of a game, roll 1D6 for the model and apply the result rolled:
1,2 – Combat -1, Quality -1 (C3,Q3+ is now C2, Q2+)
3,4 – No effect
5,6 – Combat +1, Quality +1 (C3, Q3+ is now C4, Q4+)
I always intended her to be a bit of a loose cannon. She’s capable, but not reliable. After all, she suffered a quite severe blow to the head as a young lass. I even toyed with the idea to paint a white bang in the hair to illustrate that. Decided against it, as I managed to get the hair as I wanted on the first go.

Here she is doing what she loves most – disposing of zombies. Let’s see when she’ll be joining the Stillburg heroes in their adventures.

As a final little something I give you a WIP sneak peek of what’s coming up next.

Aug 072010

Finished another ally for the Stillburg heroes; “Crazy” Macy Sonnenshield. Mentally deranged, not quite right in the head but a right hard nut to crack for her enemies. Pretty satisfied with the mini itself, but I wasn’t sure about the shield. Once I saw the photos on the computer, I decided the shield had to go. I hate painting shields! Picked out another one (embossed, less free-hand agony) and will post proper photos and a full write-up of her once that shield is painted and attached.

Aug 072010

When trading, it’s nifty to have the want-list handy. Here’s mine – don’t mind it, I’m just putting it here for ease of reference and accessibility.

RR1 – Bugman’s Brewers
1x Musician
1x Champion

RR3 – Grom’s Goblin Guard (type A)
1x Musician
1x Champion
8x Trooper (have eight)

RR5 – Harboth and the Black Mountain Boys
1x Musician

RR9 – Mudat’s Mercenary Half-Orc Maniacs
1x Musician
1x Champion
1x Officer

Orc’s Drift Scenario Models
Osrim Chardz (yeah, right)
Mayor Leofwine
Inn Keeper
Serving Wench
Stable Owner
Store Keeper
Store Keeper’s Wife
Guthrum Mane (also C31 Giant Hill Troll)

BDD1 – D&D Dungeon Adventurers
Treasure Chest

Champion of Khorne, 021915 (Maul)
Chaos Beastman, 022002 (Crested helm, axe, shield)
Chaos Beastman, 022018 (Mallet, shield, helmet)

Heroic Fighters of the Known World
#04 (Sword, shield, winged helmet)
#05 (Mallet, shield, two-horned helmet)
#07 (Sword, shield, silly helmet)
#10 (Two-hand sword, silly helmet)

Citadel Flegler with Flail (074102/3, top left)

Bob Olley Iron Claw goblins

Mega Miniatures
Barbarian Shaman
Dark Wizard
Grey Wizard
Elf Sorceress
Evil Mage
Travelling Wizard
Death by Magic
White Mage

(Stone Golem)
Nightmare Demon (Democratic Monster)
Liche (Wraith)
Skeletal Champion (Skeleton)
Wraith (Ghost)
Ogre Champion (Troll)
(Fire Imp)
Deer Buck (Buck)
(Tree Ent)
Bat SPAWN (Big Black Bat)
Dwarven Mage (Sub-wizard)
Goat x 1 (Scapegoat)
Elven Thief (Elf)
Cat scared (Familiar)
Wizard Mounted (Steed)
Zombie with Leg Bone (Ghoul)
Young Mage (Apprentice)
Master Wizard (Alter Ego)
Rat SPAWN (Rats)
(Firefly x 6)
Vampire Classic (Vampire Form)
Werewolf (Werewolf Form)
Ghost (Ghost Form)
Treasure Chest x 16

Aug 012010

It’s time for a closer look on some more books, namely three books from the same series; “Fantasy Miniatures” from Citadel/GW. The idea behind these are to collect photos of the entries and winners of the Games Day painting competitions. The books were published in the late 80s and early 90s and are unsurprisingly out of print. I don’t think any further books were issued in this particular series, but GW have since published a few more books on the same topic. Let me know if I’m wrong.

The contents of the three books are very similar. We get about 40 pages of painted Citadel miniatures, grouped into three main sections; studio shots, competition entries and winners. The biggest difference between the books are the page counts, models depicted and some sub categories. The first 1988 and 1989 books have painting guides at the end, while the 1990 book doesn’t. It instead offers more pages, with fewer but larger photos on each page. Let’s have a look at them individually.

Fantasy Miniatures 1988

As this is the first book published, there’s a bit of background story in the beginning of it. The history of Citadel Miniatures is outlined, as well as the origins of the Games Day and Golden Demon competition. It’s a nice read, albeit a bit frothing about how tremendously swell GW is. I’d say the best part of this book comes allready at page 5, where we’re treated with a hilarious picture of the GW studio staff anno 1988.

The mix of photos throughout the book is very nice, with an emphasis on single fantasy miniatures (which fits me). In particular, I like the studio pages. These are ofcourse the same old studio pics of single minis and if you allready have all White Dwarf, journals and catalogues from this era I suppose it’s old hat. I don’t, so I love it!

After the studio pages, we’re treated with galleries of a few notable painters; Paul Benson, Fraser Gray and Michael Imming’s fantastic creature dioramas. I’m especially fond of Fraser Gray’s orcs though.

Next is a spread with the winners of 1987, followed by sixteen pages of the 1988 entries organized by category and finally six pages with close ups of the winners.

The last two editorial pages cover the basics of painting. A bit pointless, really. Apart from that, the book is a solid gold-mine of old miniature photos. If I should complain about anything, it might be the quality of the photos (or reproduction there of). They’re a bit fuzzy at times. It’s also the thinnest of the three books, at 40 pages.

Fantasy Miniatures 1989

This is basically more of the same as in the 1988 book. There are more Blood Bowl minis in this, which is a good thing. The ’88 book had virtually no Blood Bowl in it. Apart from that it’s almost identical. The printing of the photos is a little better, I believe that’s all. Oh, and there are more entertaining pictures of the crowd at Games Day. Atleast I never had a mullet… oh wait, I actually did!

Also, there’s a fairly sizeable painting guide at the end – adding sixteen pages to this book. This guide was available as a separate publication, and is very well produced. All painting steps are illustrated with several examples and it’s actually quite enjoyable to leaf through even if there’s nothing new as far as painting advice goes.

Of the three books, this is my favourite.

Fantasy Miniatures 1990

This third book is the thickest of them all, weighing in at 62 pages… if that’s a weight measurement. It’s also the book with the least amount of pictured miniatures. The studio pages are down to four, and each page only shows a few minis from a particular painter.

After a recap of the last three years Slayer Sword winners, pages 12-47 are dedicated to competition entries. Most covered entries are allowed more room, and some pages only contain one or two large images. This is a good thing, as the dioarmas are more visible that way. As I’m mainly interested in single miniatures, I don’t care much for it. I preferred the cluttered pages of the previous two books.

While the two first books were evenly mixed between fantasy and sci-fi, this book has a heavy lean towards the 40K universe. As I’m not interested in Eldar warlocks, titans and aspect warriors this book is defenitely the least interesting. If you’re into 40K there are plenty of old MK1 Land Raider conversions and enough reaver titans to shake a smelly stick at.

The winning contributions are covered over ten pages, with the Slayer Sword winner getting a full spread. Nice stuff! At the end of the book is an odd, but nice, surprise. Three pages of Marauder minis, which apparently have their own little competition category.

So, all in all, this is the least favourit book for me on several accounts. First of all, the old-school feel is not as thick. Second, there’s too much 40K stuff – but it might be a key selling feature for others. Noticed a funny trend, by the way… in previous books almost all miniatures have had a flat varnish coat (or none, hard to tell). In this book there are many contributions with gloss varnish. Did GW release their first gloss spray varnish in 1990?