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So here is a small little mini that was sculpted way back in 1979, making the sculpt already 40 year old. It was sculpted by Dennis Size in the old Partha Days and belonged to a game that Partha had produced called the Witch's Cauldron, which pitted adventurers against monsters. I've never actually played the game some miniatures that I've painted actually came from this game. So here is the witch, to whom the cauldron belonged. She is a small little figure and crouched down to make her even smaller. The white hair has actually got some shades and washes in it, but you can't always see them in these photos. Anyhow, enjoy:
I'm reasonably pleased with her. I was kind of going for Drow but not Drow. I really like the "Dark Elf" triad for the Drow, but I've seen artwork that shows Drow skin almost more like dark, natural tones, so wanted to give a try for that, plus I'm also painting two other figures with the same skin tones that just flat out have a more African vibe.
And here's another one I did at the same time as my little witch.
Also a really small figure, seated, and 25mm, sculpted too in 1979, part of Deniss Mize's series "Children of the Night". This little gentleman was originally in set called the "Voodoo Man Set", where he was a little voodoo witch doctor I think, and he had two voodoo zombies with him.
The biggest problem with this guy was his eyes. He is so incredibly small that after I painted the whites of his eyes, I couldn't get an actual dot in there, so I ended up painting the whole eyeball blue. Not exactly what I wanted, but the eyes were also sculpted in such a way that they were very defined and you really couldn't get away with painting over them and still have them look okay. So not too sure about how that came out but otherwise, not too disappointed. I didn't really do much with the base, just glued him on, added some green stuff and painted over it.
And to give you guys an idea about this fellow's size (or lack thereof) a comparison shot with a quarter:
With him and his little buddy the witch. They got to know each other pretty well whilst sitting on my desk for a week.
Finished this one up yesterday, got photos this morning:
and these are old school Partha minis, so for a size comparison, these photos:
So with this one, I wanted to avoid the blahness of a shield with nothing on it, so I tried a design which apparently couldn’t figure out if it should be a dragon or maybe a bull. Not so satisfied with it but it’s better than my hooded fighter from a recent post, where I just put o a geometrical pattern and called it a day.
Anyhoos, hope you enjoy!
This minis was a kickstarter exclusive from the Mantic Kings of War second edition campaign in 2014.
"Blaine" is a Mantic mascot of sorts. and there has been a version of him in all their own IP kickstarters apart from the vey first Kings of War. So here is him as the Fantasy Tyrant King.
A resin special mini, there were some problems with delivery and I heard several backers never got their Blaine for some reason or other.
I have not really had any delivery problems to speak of from any of the many Mantic kickstarters I have backed, and I obviosly got my Blaine with my shipment at the time.
I used a bespoke 3D printed 25x50mm oval base, In retrospect I probably should have gone with a slightly larger base as it does seem a little small.
This picture illustrates the smaller Mantic truscale as opposed to the larger Reaper heroic scale.
Tyrant King Blaine on Raptor
from the Kings of War second edition kickstarter, 2014
Kickstarter exclusive model
Back in 2013 I came across a kickstarter campaign called "Heroes of the Dwarfs" by a small start up company called Oathsworn. The creator sculpted the models himself, and the greens on display were very oldhammery and full of character. I went in for a massive three minis, being a bit cautious at the time, what with this being a new company and all.
They delivered in a timely fashion, the minis were great quality, and I have backed 13 out of 14 of Oathsworns campaigns since then. They continue to crank out the good stuff. They are on my short list of trusted creators, A+ will back again.
Ingrid Deathseeker is basically your female beardless Trollslayer.
I used one of my bespoke 3D printed 25mm round lipped bases for her.
from the Heroes of the Dwarfs kickstarter, 2013
Sculpted by Michael Lovejoy
metal, single piece casting
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