Sunday, 17 January 2016

Citadel Miniatures C30 Amazon.

Continuing my recent theme of painting miniatures collected in my youth, this weeks offering is the titular Amazon Berserker:

Citadel released these miniatures in conjunction with the 'Shrine of Rigg' scenario published in the 1984  Compendium ( which number it was eludes me at present). The scenario was set in the jungle lands of Lustria & featured a group of Norse adventurers attacking an Amazon Shrine, it was designed to be played through using Warhammer Fantasy Battle rules but in common with the earlier material Citadel presented for this system was more of a skirmish/rpg than a tabletop battle. With a quick re-write I'm sure this could be updated to Otherworld's Fantasy Skirmish rules or possibly Frostgrave, though the weather might be somewhat better.
I've got couple more Amazons prepped ready for painting so they will feature here in due course. Having fun re-visiting these older miniatures, they are perhaps lacking in fine detail compared to some of the higher end stuff available today, but they are a lot easier & quicker to paint. They also seem a lot more robust, down to the higher lead content no doubt, really pays to wash your hands after handling these babies in the raw.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Citadel Miniatures C33 Wizard.

Another of my collection of older miniatures that I have recently painted, this time a C33 wizard on flying carpet. C33 were the "Adventure Packs" featuring a miniature on foot & mounted, this chap came with a seated version of himself on a flying carpet, which sadly I swapped away in my youth. The next project is to try & recreate said carpet.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Otherworld Miniatures Demon Idol.

This was part of the loot I gathered over the festive period, duly painted during the same:

The demon idol diorama is based loosely on the art decorating the AD&D 1st Edition Players Handbook & depicts a group of player characters & their henchmen looting the shrine of some nameless demon god; the original artwork featured rather more prosaic orangey/ red flames but I wanted to try something a little more showy!

In the spirit of the original I've popped a couple of extra characters in there, the hooded assassin is another Otherworld miniature whilst the puzzled looking mage is an old Citadel Miniatures wizard from the same era as the aforementioned players handbook.
The resin base is another old piece produced by Torchlight.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Another C23 Giant Ogre.

Whilst looking for something completely un-related in my games storage earlier this week I came across  the remainder of my old ( circa 1987) Citadel Miniatures Giant Ogres. Some were moderately well painted with oil paints sometime in the 90's when I was at Polytechnic; but a few like the one below were finished in Pelikan Plaka and looked, well, shite.
As part of a now ongoing mission to lend them some of the dignity they deserve they are getting a repaint.
According to my old Citadel catalogue this miniature is an Ogre Mercenary:

A few small points of detail to finish off, but overall fairly happy with how this one turned out. At the time I thought these were great, but nowadays the aesthetic of this era of Citadel Miniatures doesn't appeal to me so much. Compared to the earlier sculpts their stuff was starting to get too grotesque & cartoonish, particularly the Humanoid & Chaos stuff, however as an exercise in nostalgia this really takes me back to an era of playing WFB 2nd Edition on various kitchen tables and painting miniatures when I was supposed to be doing homework. This may explain why I cut down trees & dig holes for a living.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

C23 Giant Ogre.

Another old gem from Citadel Miniatures currently getting the makeover treatment:

This I believe is an Oriental Ogre and he does look the part. Definitely getting a starring role in my upcoming fantasy central asian roleplaying campaign which I'm just polishing off; been busy doing the isometric maps this week. Not something I've attempted before but having a blast!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Yet More Grenadier Skeletons.

A few more ancient miniatures rescued from the lead pile this week:

This is one of my all time favourites, Grenadiers War Rhino Captive carrier. I used to use this in games of Warhammer Fantasy, hence the plastic GW skeletons crewing the beast.

This is one miniature I won't be re-painting, may update the base though.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Skeleton Kettle Drummer.

Another bizarre miniature from the talented hands of Andrew Chernak. I've had this since the mid eighties but it was long overdue a new paint job, having previously been painted rather garishly with Pelikan Plaka.

I thought this was it for Grenadier Skeletons but I have found a few more lurking at the backs of various drawers.

The two with horned helmets came with the War Rhino Captive Carrier ( which will also get a freshen up at some point), the standard bearer came in the same blister pack as the kettle drummer above & the bolt thrower should have a loader figure with it which I have based up singly as part of an earlier project.