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These last few weeks have been very busy IRL so very little has been painted. I did however manage to whip this up the other day.
The little vampire. aka Vampire Halfling from Kings of War: Vanguard's Undead Warband Booster, by Mantic Games. Off to count some blood sausages. Or maybe slurp some black pudding. Oh, how he longs to again be able to have some hot cross buns...but they burn his mouth so...
For some reason my camera did not want to focus properly on the face.
What is it with "premium" resin minis and what looks suspiciously like printlines? Has someone failed at the clean-up-of-the-master-print-stage or is it something else that makes such lines a thing? Has someone rushed and cut corners? Why would you release a premium resin model like this?
You can say a lot about Mantic starting out with cheap, "no brand" minis, but that is simply no longer true. Single, normal size resin models clock in at the €10-15 range retail price, the four model booster is a £30 / €40 / $45 box. That is premium pricing. Well, maybe at the lower end of premium but still, premium pricing.
When they charge a premium price, I expect a premium product. Print lines = sloppy quality control. = not premium.
Apart from the print lines on the cape, it is a good mini. I cannot abide the square bases they use for Vanguard, so I printed a 25mm round for it.
Sneaking up on a beefy snack
This mini was finished May 25th 2020.
from the Undead Warband Booster
for Kings of War: Vanguard
Mantic Games, 2020
Made in resin
available from manticgames
my second dragon for the month. I didn't put a huge amount of work into this one. one of my goals was to see how well the contrast paints would work to bring out the basic shading and normal tone for the dragon hide rather than having to hand paint all the scaling. It didn't work too badly. I did wind up having to do some significant highlighting and I had to do some additional shading work on the underbelly but overall the effect was pretty good for the time spent. I probably should have done more with the wings but I just didn't have any inspiration for them. the sections were pretty small and very flat. I might go back and do something but for now just blue is where this young guy is.
I did find the base to be pretty cool. Hope you like him
By Lidless Eye
Fe fi fo fum, here come the Giants!
Ignore the bases, they are temporary until the Sons of Behemat codex releases and I know what I can proxy them as.
First up we have Devin Townsend...er, the Kings of War Giant.
Then the former Otherworld Giant, now produced by Crooked Dice Games.
And a very iconic piece of loot:
This is one of Mantic's earliest metal minis, the "limited editon" Orc Shaman from 2011. It was AFAIK not available by itself, but added to army boxes, deals and so forth and I believe I got this from the first Kings of War kickstarter in 2012. Or an army box with orcs.
Today, it is on their website and can be had by redeeming 25 mantic points through their points scheme. It was known for a while as "Wip the Half-Caste" but now is back to "Orc shaman" I suspect the "Wip the half-caste" name is some sort of internal Mantic joke.
I must admit I have always found this model to be rather busy and difficult to read. There seems to be so much going on.
more pics and stuff below
For some reason this month i decided to concentrate on one eyed floating monsters. Next in line was the Wizkids beholder. Somewhat hard to find at one time. I got one and then lost the urge to paint it. Finally got around to it and discovered that mine apparently never got past mardi-gras and crowned himself in blues and yellows. fun paint job but it got a little weird having all those eyes staring at me while painting...
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