I found time to finish these two early slotta orcs by the Perry twins. To my mind this early generation of orcs are some of the best from Citadel. I really like their smallish stature and melancholy faces devoid of the later goofiness which Kev Adams later developed into the signature look of the Citadel greenskins.
The one with the shield came from the Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Monster Set from 1985 and I could not help myself, I had to try to emulate John Blanche’s take on the orc from the box cover down to the eye of Sauron on the shield. The other orc is roughly contemporary and a great little fella. I really enjoyed painting both them and hopefully they will soon be able to fight for King F’yar.
So now I’m back in fantasy territory with this post. What I have finished here is probably the oldest miniature I own. It’s a Ral Partha giant from 1977 which is pretty much ancient history when it comes to miniatures. In fact I have also had this chap in my collection for quite some time and now was the time to get him stripped of old enamel paint and reworked. I really love this giant and I’m very satisfied with the result. The only thing left to do really is to revisit the tattoos and lighten the colour to a more pale tone. I must of course admit that no little inspiration was found in John Blanche’s take on the same miniature but it’s not a straight copy.
The sculpting on the piece is top-notch and delightfully low-key in a way I love about old miniatures. No grotesque weapons or drama poses –it’s simply a giant dragging his drunken feet along looking for whatever. Brilliant. There is a peculiar slenderness to the sculpting which is of course due to the casting process but it adds a slight weirdness to the giant which is an acquired taste I guess. I love it.
John Blanche’s impressive take on the giant. Note his tongue conversion.
To give you a sense of scale I added a Citadel half-orc I finished recently.
Recently people wrote some blogposts about their old Citadel and Warhammer posters. Great stuff. By chance I came across this promotion poster for Citadel’s Dungeons & Dragons line of miniatures in my copy of White Dwarf no. 68 from 1985. Just take a look at it in all its John Blancheian goodness. It’s soaked in all that makes mining this Oldhammer stuff worthwhile.
I love details like the classic Blanche-flame tongues on the sleeves of the adventurers, the weird runes reminiscent of Tom Meier’s lizard men, on the armour of the monsters, the red eye of Sauron on the Orc/Goblin’s shield and the inscription “TSR” above the dungeon passage, as if saying – “if you want to go further, TSR is the gateway”. Brilliant!
If I had a geek room all of my own this poster would certainly find a place on the wall. I don’t though, so this glorious piece of 80’s fantasy artwork will have to remain snugly in the magazine.