No Siouxsie but definitely a Banshee

Here’s a quick and dirty paintwork I finished some weeks ago. A banshee produced by Ral Partha for the Ravenloft boxset released in the early 90’s for TSR. The minis in the box were all nicely sculpted by Dennis Mize in 25mm. For some reason however, the banshee in the set is rather large, 28mm in fact, which makes her fit perfectly with my other ethereal spirits.


I have had the set since it came out and the banshee was laying around in my lead mountain with her original 90’s paintjob from back then. I am soon to play a scenario with undeads and thus decided to revisit the model and include her among the ghosts featured in the game.
As I said, the model works well, and the sculpting is well-crafted. My only quibble with the mini is in fact her long hair down her back, which seems a bit underdeveloped. There is a lot of wasted potential here for some dynamism, enhancing the ethereal nature of the model.


As you can see I went with a more modern GW approach to the painting, which works well, I think. I really like this ghostly style and it is fast to produce, which only makes it better. It is, by the way, fun to see what happens to the model and how fast it looses its ghostly feel when painted with multiple colours.

More Moon-Age Miniatures

So it has been a while but December has a certain way of keeping everybody busy – myself included. At the moment I am painting wood elf cavalry but here we continue in the SF category with some old lead.

On the left we have one of Bob Olley’s enigmatic creations from the Rogue Trader era. While painting this guy I was more or less felling like I was doing it without knowing what I was painting – a feeling you sometimes get when working on his minis. It is rather hard to make sense of the head on this one and Mr. Olley kindly decided to help the painter by dotting the eyes of the model. This turned out slightly cross-eyed, adding to the bizarre appearance of this mutant(?). I like the mini, but frankly it is not one of my Olley favorites.

The guy on the right is of an older vintage. It is an 25mm Andorian from the Star Trek universe produced by Ral Partha around 1979. The mini is very cool and he works perfectly as some sort of diminutive space alien next to my Citadel minis. Ral Partha produced three of these Andorians. I have them all in the collection and after having painted this one I am looking forward to finishing the two others.

 

Stay tuned.

Martin

A few, old gobbos

Here’s three old, early 80’s pre-slotta gobbos finished a while ago. They look rather different from each other, however, the Ral Partha one on the right is really the odd one out. This one is, of course, sculpted by Tom Meier; an old favorite of mine. While painting the Meier goblin it suddenly dawned on me that the little chap is going commando, so to speak. You can almost see it in the photo. Tom Meier sculpted a number of trolls with a bare bottom, but I didn´t know that he did the same with at least this goblin. Perhaps he did more; semi nude orcs? Elves?

I really love these old goblins and the sense of wicked menace they convey. Particularly the Meier goblin is really oozing grim evil, but the other two have something of the same. Most will probably prefer the humor Kev Adams brought to the greenskins, but I really dig this early stuff.

 

  

Giant fun from 1977

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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.

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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.

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.

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Any thoughts?

Cheers

Martin

 

Tom Meier’s Spectacular Lizard Warriors

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I have been working on some very old stuff lately and the first batch is now to be considered done. It’s the magnificent box of Tom Meier’s Lizard Warriors released simultaneously, I believe, in 1984 by Citadel and Ral Partha. To my mind Tom Meier’s lizardmen are some of the best reptilians out there. The lizard warriors are petite, slender creatures covered in exotic armour and wielding equally exotic weapons. Strange runes are shown on their shields and some of the minute belt buckles are shaped like snake heads.

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This is great fantasy stuff. You really get the feeling that these lizard warriors are part of a particular, alien culture. To emphasize the idea that the nine of them belong to the same tribe I painted them in the same colours and I’m quite happy with the result.

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The keen eye will undoubtedly spot some small conversions on a few of the models. I bought the set rather cheaply on Ebay as a so-called job lot. This meant the some of the quite thin arms and weapons were broken off. Most of the loose bits were still in the box but some I had to replace. Thus the conversions were an act of restauration not a creative urge to tinker with the originals.

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These cloaks are a rather intriguing. I find it at the same time odd and rather fascinating that the lizardmen should wear such large cloaks – I’m not sure why.

These cloaks are a rather intriguing. I find it at the same time odd and rather fascinating that the lizardmen should wear such large cloaks – I’m not sure why.

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I’m so happy to finally have this set painted. Next time I’ll be back with a band of coke-crazed Amazons also straight out of the magical year of ’84.

See you around

Cheers

Martin

 

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?

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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.

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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

 

 

Slime away

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Here you see a slimy monstrosity I finished a few days ago. It’s a Green Slime released in 1992 from Ral Partha’s AD&D line.  The mini is not the greatest slime creature ever sculpted. It suffers somewhat from being constricted by the size of the base, making the creature very slim and lacking a sense of motion. A more triangular shape of the mini would have made a lot of difference but in the end that’s just nitpicking. Basically the mini is fine and I’m happy to have it in my collection. The paintjob is straight forward and not much to tell there.

The creature will serve soon as the giant homunculus of the necromancer Peter Luther in our coming scenario in a few month.

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