Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A doctor's appointment

Sorry for the quietness, but I have had a doctor's appointment - an appointment with the FU UK! Faceless Stalker/Asylum Doctor - another gem from my Pickford collection.

The Doctor was an entry for the 2006 FU UK! Sculpting Contest: "Asylum" (@the Frothers Unite-forum).

The miniature didn't win anything but was picked up by White Knight and moulded, but unfortunately never released. Luckily I have been given a copy of the initial master run of this wonderful piece (though I wish it would have been commercially available so I could have had two, as it was very hard to decide which head/hands to use) - but I went for the Asylum doctor's look - but instead of using the knifes hand I converted him slightly and gave him a pen.

WK Minis: Asylum Doctor/Faceless Stalker

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Collecting John Pickford: Otherworld's Giant Stag Beetle

Otherworld Miniatures have just released their latest Pickford sculpt. This time it's the Giant Stag Beetle added to their Wilderness Encounters range. It's a multi-part model of 6 part and approximately 6½-7cm long.

WE30a – Giant Stag Beetle

©Otherworld Miniatures
You'll find the beetle here:

And you can even buy a convertion kit for it and have it turned it into a huge flying beetle :)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Collecting John Pickford: Dwarf Skiers from the OS Miniatures Company

After a successful Kickstarter for Alpine Gnomes (sculpted by Byron Harmon) the OS Miniatures Company is now planing their next Kickstarter - and an exciting one it is.

Their next Kickstarter will be about Skiing Dwarfs - a set of multi-parted dwarf skiers - all sculpted by John Pickford.

Here's a pre-view (taken from Facebook, courtesy Jamie Loft) of what we can expect seeing, later this year:

I can't wait - can you?

If you want to learn more you should keep an eye on their Facebook-page - here:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Maggie, Leader of the Miner's Guild

As I've been afraid of being accused of interfering with the election process in a sovereign state, vote manipulations, misinforming the people, hacking campaigns, planting fake news or what-ever seems popular these days, I've waited posting this till after the Brit's have had their General Election. It's done and dusted. Can't comment on the result, but I'm glad to see that 69% actually cared voting

I've waited with this cause I'm sitting on some news. The braking news is, Maggie is back :) Yes, I've heard that "the Bitch is dead" but I can present you with some alternative facts. She is most certainly alive. She might not be running for Parliament, no - but she has now taking the role of Leader of the Miners Guild at Mount Doom. If not in the real world, then in my alternative miniatures world. Cause my DTB-Mags has now been painted

Dear Tony Blair: DTB2 Mags

The miniature is beautifully sculpted by Bob Olley and is available from awesome Dave Woods @Dear Tony Blair-blog

Friday, June 9, 2017

Ask not what your Hold can do for you, but ....

When going through the lead pile I found this Dwarf Wizard - but judged on the pose he seems more like a missionary, town speaker or even an agitator.

So in these times of great fear, mistrust and isolation I found it most appropriated doing him as an agitator call the world to order.

You can almost hear him say: "My fellow Dwarves, ask not what your Hold can do for you, ask what you can do for our mountains, our sea, our air and the inhabitants of our world".

Unknown: Dwarf Agitator/Wizard

And yes, this agitator bears great resemblance to another unknown dwarf I did back in 2011, but this one is slightly different, though - but his origin as mysterious :)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Collecting John Pickford: Dwarf knights of the Great Bear on foot on Kickstarter

Just a quick message to let you all know that the previously unreleased - but most awaited - Dwarf Knights of the Great Bear by John Pickford and made for White Knight Miniatures Imperium is now on Kickstarter.

The Assault Group (TAG) is running a short 4 day kickstarter campaign to found the final moulding and casting.

So pledge now to help TAG add these two new additional packs (8 miniatures) to the Dwarf Empire range.

You'll find the campaign here:

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A lady in red

Or is she...? Cause a rather disturbed looking lady she is.

The miniature here is an early John Pickford miniature. I don't know exactly when she was made, but my guess would be in the early 2000s and she is probably the first human John did - and picture a female druid - but a druid with some necromantical abilities - and would easily go as a Necromancer in my games.

It's rather interesting seeing a human from this early period where most of John sculpts seems to be goblins or goblinoid inspired miniatures sculpted in a classic heroic fantasy style. So, quite nice to see him experimenting with the tiny female proportions spiced with some slightly large female attributes :) And I'm very happy having her in my collection.

That said, I'm not that keen on painting female miniatures. Females rarely suits my painting style, but I've tried hard keeping the transition subtle and the skin as light as possible. Worked to some degree but I definitely need more practise on this subject.

Female Druid (Private collection)

For those who might like to see the original unpainted miniature you can find her on the Wikia - here:

Friday, May 26, 2017

Mornegueule Brisedent

And back to fantasy and something more dear to me. Yes a chaos dwarf but not one of my own, no - this one is a bit special as this one is an event model created by the chaps on the french Oldhammer scene.
Last year (2016), they gathered together in Metz for their second event and for that occasion (in association with Bruno Galice from Via Ludibunda) they have produced a model to give all attendants on the day.

For obvious reasons, I didn't attend this event but afterwards Bruno offered the surplus off and I was lucky to secure myself a pair of these beauties.

The miniature is a conversion of a miniature already in Via Ludibunda's nice range. The base for this conversion was a dwarf miniature originally sculpted by Mark Evans, called Spiky, but a lot of work has been put into it, to set them apart. And the end-result is a magnificent little evil stunty that fits my old school collection very well.

The French Oldhammer event model: Mornegueule Brisedent

A big thank you goes out to Bruno for giving me the opportunity of getting this master piece - a fingers crossed, that we might see more stuff like this coming years.

Friday, May 12, 2017

An Ork Warlord

When returning to the hobby, back in 1999, I began building a 40K Ork army. I had big plans for this army but I soon realised that the changed Warhammer 40.000 game wasn't really for me. I came to Warhammer in the Rogue Trader years, and hadn't paid much attention to the big rule changes that followed. So after a short "love affair" I boxed it all and put it aside.

Years after, I gave it all to my oldest son, when he found an interest for miniatures painting and gaming. He did paint a few pieces but else played with it unpainted.

However, one miniature was special to him and he has often asked me to paint it for him. And like all dads I've answered in the usual "yeah, of course my son"-kind-of-way - but never got round doing so.

Years has went past as he has just turned 14, and I've almost forgot about it. Till recently, when he turned to me and said that it would mean a lot if I would paint it as a gift for his confirmation ..... I'd done similar for his cousin some years ago and apparently he remembered that. I couldn't of course turn him down and say "no" - so with only a few spare hobby hours and a very strict deadline, I set out to fulfil his expectations.

The figure, that's so special to him, was a simple head swap conversion - utterly stolen from and old White Dwarf Magazine back then. It has a metal Ghazghkull Thraka Ork Warlord base with a Black Orc standard as a head - nothing really special about it - other than it's size - and the huge power claw ...

Games Workshop: Ghazghkull Thraka

It was a tight deadline. It could have benefited from a few more high lights here and there but I'm overall pleased and so happy, that I could fulfil my sons great wish and present him with this on his big day - 6th of May 2017. Will probably never see play and therefor glued into this glass dome

Congratulations on your confirmation, son - mom and I are so proud of you.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May the 4th be with you

A quick one for today. Just because it's the day it is. Miniature is by Heresy Miniatures and sculpted by Andy Foster.

Heresy Miniatures: Dark Dwarf Lord Va'Durr

I sense something. A presence I have not felt since….