Thursday, 30 January 2014

RAFM Call of Cthulhu Range. Elder Thing.

Still quietly working through the job lot of Cthulhu stuff bought in a moment of madness last year. The latest is an Elder Thing, one of the race of nearly extinct beings featured in my favourite Lovecraft story "At the Mountains of Madness".

Rather than portray him in the antarctic setting of the story I have based him in a somewhat warmer climate during his races prehistoric heyday.
No comparison photograph with an earlier Grenadier Miniatures equivalent this time because I don't own one, this may be rectified at some point in the future though.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Ral Partha Dog Handler?

Another very tiny 25mm miniature from Ral Partha c.1982, this time a chap in classic fantasy male slave attire with a very large 'status' dog:

Presumably a Tom Meier figure given the level of detail present but I stand to be corrected on this.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Some Re-Discovered Ral Partha & Citadel Miniatures.

These poor fellows have been languishing in storage since our house move a few years back & its high time they were treated to a new paint job.

These are mainly Ral Partha elves & magic users but there are a couple of oddities featured front & centre.
There is also this rather confused looking Citadel miniatures M.U:

This was given to me by a friend at college after a very brief dalliance with D&D. He has had a fresh coat of paint but I've stuck with Steve's original colour scheme.

One thing you do notice these days with early Ral Partha stuff is just how tiny it was, here are a few of their Adventurers up against some almost contemporary Denizen undead which aren't huge themselves by modern 28mm standards.

What it does bring home is just how good a sculptor Tom Meier, fabulous detail & anatomy on such small figures.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Dark Young of Shub Niggurath.

Not sure if this miniature really belongs in the retro-dungeon, but a little imagination & fiddling with stats could make it suitable for the Retro Wilderness:

This is a RAFM miniature from ( I think) the early 2000's

I picked up a job lot of Cthulhu monsters & investigators off eBay some time ago & have finally got my mojo together to paint them.
An interesting contrast with the earlier ( c. 1983) Grenadier Miniatures version from their Call of Cthulhu Creatures boxed set:

I'll post a few more of these comparison shots over the next few weeks, at least where I have the equivalents.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Grenadier Miniatures Skeleton Looters.

The latest figures off the workbench of doom are these bizarre creations from the talented hands of Andrew Chernak:

The idea of skeletons looting sausages, a suckling pig, a small child & what appears to be a beehive is just too bonkers to believe: unless we're talking a necromancer with very specific requirements for his breakfast. Surely though, orc or goblin looters would have been more in keeping.
Nevertheless great figures again from a bygone era and a real joy to paint, it will be a long time before I get to tackle anything quite so unique again.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Resin Dungeon Terrain.

Before going out to celebrate the New Year last night I finally managed to finish painting a complete set of the components that will comprise the dungeon terrain sets.

To mark the occasion I put together a quick dungeon to show off what will be available in the boxes when they go on sale:

And a pair of action shots with some 28mm miniatures to show the scale better:

Still need to sort out the box inserts to keep the pieces safe in transit & do the box art but I'm nearly at the finishing post.