Mercenaries

Here we have my take on two models from Krakon Games’ fine Star Grind range. I really like the range for all its eclectic, Sci-Fi oddness with just the right amount of old school feel in the mix. And this, without a doubt, also goes for the two models here.

The big chap is clearly a riff on the beloved Ludo from Labyrinth and what a great idea. The mini is slightly crude in the sculpting; the fur seems a bit basic and the face is very flat, but somehow it nevertheless all works. It is a two-part model and I’m not sure if the tail, despite being pinned to the body, will stay put during the frenzy of gaming I plan to put him through at some future point. We will have to see about that.

Ludo from the movie Labyrinth

Hammerhead, the other mini, is another delightful fellow with clean sculpting and crisp details. I am very pleased how he turned out. The alien feel is great and I love the deadpan, inscrutable expression on his face.

Now I’m looking forward to more goodies from Krakon Games.

Conrad Moon and his gang

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This Sunday I’m playing a game of Pulp Alley with Phreedh again – our second game and I’m looking forward to seeing what the planet of McKemmler IV has in store for us this time. I just finished this little gang of bad guys for the game. The gang leader – dressed in green – is the ever-charming scoundrel and opportunist Conrad Green. His closets ally or sidekick is the brute Demp (on the far right) and with along with them you see the three Ork henchmen Fenk, Gumbah and Larma – all muscle and no brains of course. Finally we also have Zyph – a docile being originating from the planet Schekyl, whose tentacles and flippers have proven quite useful when trying to force doors and the like open.

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The Conrad Green model is of the Jerry Cornelius miniature from Citadel’s magnificent Eternal Champion box released in 1986, and the Cornelius miniature is one of my favorites from the set. A true little gem of vintage, high-cheekboned Jes Goodwin goodness. I could not help myself painting him up in the same colours as the image which inspired the miniature, as there can be little doubt that the mini is heavily inspired by the paperback cover of Avon’s Jerry Cornelius omnibus released in ’77. A great collection, absolutely worthwhile tracking down.  The top-notch cover was illustrated by cool cat Stanislaw Fernandes and I would surely like to paint a pink car to go the Cornelius miniature the complete the picture.

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Paperback, Avon Books 1977, with the cover painting by Stanislaw Fernandes

Paperback, Avon Books 1977, with the cover painting by Stanislaw Fernandes

Demp and his gang are all Citadel Space Orks and all except Demp are troopers from the Space Ork Raiders boxset released in ’88 (I think); a great set which I managed to acquire for a quite reasonable price some months ago.

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Finally we have Zyph and I must confess to be complete oblivious to the origin of the miniature. I suspect it is a Grenadier model, but I’m not sure, and I have no idea what is it supposed to be. In fact I don’t even remember from where I got the model. It has been resting in my pile of chaos stuff for quite some years now as I planned to use it as some sort of minor demon, but now he found use as a space alien which probably is a bit more true to the original intention of the miniature. Can any one of you identify it for me?

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That’s it for now. Any thoughts?

Cheers

Martin