Ghouls ’n Ghasts

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OK, this is going to be my last post about ghouls for a looong time.

What we have here is the most recent ghouls sculpted by the illustrious Paul Muller. They are produced by Otherworld Miniatures and my favorites among all the ghouls I’ve shown over the last posts. Well, technically, its three ghouls and three ghasts – but in the dark all undeads are grey, right?

Ghouls

Ghouls

What I love about these minis is their strong personality, the fine, delicate craftsmanship and the eerie slenderness of particularly the ghoul bodies. The monk is a person darling of mine though. The ghasts remind me a lot of the Ral Partha ghouls produced around 1991-92 and they would fit nicely together if the scale had been the same. It’s not though.

Ghasts

Ghasts

And speaking of scales, it’s interesting to note that these Otherworld undeads are the only ghouls so far that stick to the 28mm scale. The Citadel ghouls blow the scale completely with their heroic dimensions and the Heresy ghouls also creep somewhat above the scale. Somehow this bugs me but this is probably just me being cranky about contemporary miniatures being too big in general.

Two of my Ral Partha ghouls. The third one from this set sadly broke his legs and now eagerly awaits a resurrecting treatment to joins his two friends

Two of my Ral Partha ghouls. The third one from this set sadly broke his legs and now eagerly awaits a resurrecting treatment to joins his two friends

Thus a big hurra for Otherworld and their lovely, if pricey, ghouls and ghasts. And cheers to Paul Muller – what beautiful sculpting this is.

Bravo, Mr. Muller, bravo!

Next post it gets proper old scool again.

Cheers

Martin

 

 

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Ghouls night out

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I have been painting a lot of ghouls lately, as I said in the previous post. This batch is 12 ghoulies from Games Workshop. In fact it’s the last metal ghouls they produced and in my opinion some of the best from the company. I believe they were released around ‘99. They’re not as good as the little group Citadel ghouls from the mid-80’s, but certainly better than their pot-bellied cousins from the 90’s or the plastic horrors currently available.

They were sculpted by Paul Muller, the ghoul master, and he did a great job. They are certainly similar to the ghouls from Heresy, if slightly larger and somewhat more benign. In fact several of these ghouls have slightly goofy facial expressions and Muller clearly attempted to tone down the horrific elements in the ghouls, making them a bit more child friendly. This is a shame, but they still look great.

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I painted the skin slightly darker this time and had no gore fest, but stuck to the same look in general, which I think works well enough. I did a few weapon swaps and conversions, such as the standard, in order to have 12 individual models.

Any thoughts?

 

I’ll be back soon with, you guessed it, more ghouls!

Cheers

Martin

 

 

 

A Feast of Friends

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I have a thing for ghouls. I love the Lovecraftian ghoul mythology and I’ve been collecting different ghoul miniatures for some time now. Next week we’re going to play an Oldhammer scenario entitled In the Hall of the Ghoul King and of course this has given me the opportunity to do something about some of my ghoul miniatures.

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I’ve actually been spending quite some time over the past weeks painting ghouls and what you see here is the first batch. The great Ghoul Tribe from Heresy Miniatures; an absolutely splendid pack of minis which perfectly reeks of splatter horror films and grisly cannibalism. Pure comfort food for a horror buff like me!

The ghouls were, by the way, sculpted by the ghoul master himself – Paul Muller. A sculptor who’ll be featured again over next posts when I show you some of the other ghoulies I’ve been working on. I’m not sure when these ghouls were produced but probably sometime around 2000 but here I may be mistaken.

Usually I’m no big fan of dousing my miniatures in gore but following the lead from the miniatures presented on the Heresy webpage, I couldn’t resist going all the way and soak mine in blood as well. This gave me a chance to actually experiment with painting blood, which in fact was quite nice, but I’ll probably not be doing stuff like this again for some time.

 

Mamma Blessed

Mamma Blessed

 

Brother Froth

Brother Froth

 

Baby Feast

Baby Feast

 

Brother Grub

Brother Grub

 

Brother Lick

Brother Lick

 

Brother Tongue

Brother Tongue

 

Brother Milk

Brother Milk

 

Brother Smile

Brother Smile

 

Brother Kill-Kill

Brother Kill-Kill

 

Any thoughts?

 

Cheers

Martin

As the last rays of the sun sank behind the trees the Nosferatu rose from his crypt

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This is the Nosferatu miniature from Foundry. A fine mini with loads of character and brooding menace. To be honest he looks quite a lot like most of the other Nosferatu miniatures kicking around from both small and large Companies.

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All of them of course have F. W. Murnau’s silent masterpiece as their inspiration. Browsing around the web one quickly finds great takes on the Nosferatu vampire, such as Dr. Viking’s psychedelic treatment or a recent vampire posted on the great Oldhammer Spain blog.

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Dr. Vikoing's converted Nosferatu

Dr. Viking’s converted Nosferatu

Count Orloc from the Oldhammer Spain blog

Count Orloc from the Oldhammer Spain blog

I could not resist sticking closely to the source and went the conservative way. My Foundry vampire is thus almost done in black and white, except that the skin tone has slight hues of yellow and brown. I don’t know if it shows on the photos, but they’re there.

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I’ll be back soon with ghouls. Lots of ghouls!

 

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Cheers

Martn