A giant scorpion to hide in giant boots

img_1001Wow, long time no see! December just went by with lightning speed and January more or less the same way, but let’s see if the coming months will give a bit more time for blogging about miniatures. At least the weather is improving which means better light and thus better photos. I don’t have any fancy photo lamps and have to limit myself to natural sunlight which is a scarce thing here in Copenhagen at the moment.

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The big boy you see here is of course the citadel Giant Scorpion, released in 1987 I think. It’s a really big mini and certainly looks scary as hell. My wife even called it a disgusting piece, which should be considered as a credit to the sculptor who really succeeded in creating a menacing, spiky scorpio-beasty here.  I’m quite taken by the mini as a whole but to be honest, the face (snout?) part of the scorpion looks rather cartoony, which in a way runs counter to the vibe of the rest of the figure.

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Like it’s contemporary cousin, the giant spider, the scorpion as a pain to assemble. At least my butterfingers had a hard time getting all the legs in place, without their pose looking completely ludicrous. In the end I think a succeeded and I’m happy to say that I like the result a lot. I chose a sort of natural colour scheme for the scorpion which perhaps is a bit dull, but such dull things seem to appeal to my rather drab way of thinking.

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The scorpion is soon to star in a little Rogue Trader scenario at my house on March 6. A scenario entitled “Valley of the Scorpions” (I told you I was drab!).

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Cheers
Martin

 

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Problem solved!

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By the help of the good people on the Lead Adventures Forum my ‘mystery piece’ is no longer a mystery. As it turns out it indeed is a Grenadier model, produced in ’87, for the Dragon Lords series of boxed sets. This one is entitled Encounter at Kohmar-Lolth. A great name isn’t it? Very Robert E. Howardian. The piece was sculpted by Andrew Chernak.

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As I suspected two torches and even a crystal ball on a pedestal is missing from the throne. I’ll definitely have to try and make something similar once I get going at the model. As you can see from the picture below a lot of other stuff was also included in the original box, which apparently never made it into the collection I acquired last year.

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I’m actually looking very much forward to get started on this model now. Keep an ey ut for the lich king of Kohmar-Lolth on this blog!

The Boyz Are Back in Town

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Here you see my latest output – five more greenskins. Technically they’re all orcs as the little fellow you see among the classic Citadel orcs is an orc from Metal Magic. However in my collection he’ll be serving as some sort of elite goblin. Elite because he looks way more well-equipped and fierce than most 80’s-era Citadel goblins.

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I’m no huge Metal Magic fan but they did a lot of fine models, but I’m not sure their orcs are to be counted among them. Somehow their orcs lack personality or that certain quality which makes the miniature vibrant. At least that’s how I fell about their orcs. Nevertheless I have quite a few of these Metal Magic orcs and eventually, once painted, they’ll constitute a nice alternative to my Citadel greenskins.

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Most of the Citadel orcs were produced in that golden year of 1987. The only exception is the one in a brownish red/yellow tunic holding a bow and grabbing for his scimitar. He is one of the Orcs of the Red Eye-range released in ’85 (I think) for the Middle-Earth universe. Not that this makes him different from the other orcs in any way!

IMG_1601The shield you see in the middle, on the slightly blurry picture, was inspired by Eddie on the cover of the first Iron Maiden record. The guy on the shield ended up looking somewhat more like an undead Ziggy Stardust but being a major Bowie-fan this hardly matters.

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Iron Maiden 1980

Iron Maiden 1980

Ziggy Stardust

Ziggy Stardust

Ah, what geeky fun we have with our miniatures.

Cheers

Martin

Some orcs and their spiritual leader

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I finished basing these orcs some days ago. Somehow I always end up postponing the basing of the minis; starting new projects or fiddling around with other thing instead of completing what is right in front of me. I’m sure this may sound familiar to quite a lot of you. However, usually when I start working on the bases I find it quite fun. Thus I’m not sure why I try to avoid doing the bases in the first place.

This band of merry orcs were all produced by (of course) Citadel, in ’87 I believe, and they are absolutely classic minis. At least the two guys on the left as well as their shaman are perfectly loveable orcs. The last one with the bow is less eye-catching but he was fun to paint. The shaman on the other hand was a pain in the ass. He’s covered with small, fiddly details and while they may look great, they certainly took forever to paint. By the way, the white face on one of the shields looks surprisingly smudged on the photo. In real life it looks very different and much better. I guess the minis were over-lighted when I took the photo.

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As a little twist I gave the shaman a familiar. A giant ladybug! I’m quite fond of this little detail.  What do you think?

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