Sunday, 29 April 2012

Death by Snu-Snu!

We need rest. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised.

 In the words of the Galaxy's premier Starship Captain, Zap Brannigan - the best way for a man to go...

Anyway - away from Futurama (the funniest reference I could find to Amazons) and back to Lustria and my Round 8 entry -

 I've been looking forward to and dreading painting these ladies up for some time now. Dreading because of all the little details on them and my indescision over a colour scheme - looking forward because they'll be right at the centre of my sequel to the Magnificent Sven, oh and I love the minis.

As for the colour scheme - I ended up going with ideas taken from Aztec and Mayan warrior costumes, oh and the front cover of the second Citadel Compendium! I did have highfalutin ideas of copying some Amazonian Indian tattoos and body paint designs until time got the better of me. It was at this point that I remembered reading something about Amazons and a little thing called Dungeonpunk...

 Cue Zhu and his fantastic blog for a lot of the inspiration here - this post in particular

 must have wormed its way into my psyche as I was suddenly inspired to give the ladies their OTT eyeshadow.

Anyway enough blabber - here's the close-ups -

Koka Kalim - religious zealots and fanatical worshippers of Rigg, Amazon Goddess of War. The narcotic Koka is an important part of their religious observances and they are constantly within its grip. Deprived of normal. Deprived of normal sensory functions they can overcome great pain and have little aversion to blood, slaughter or death. Their state of mind meks them very edgy, unpredictable, irrational and strung out. They make ideal fanatic warriors. - Second Citadel Compendium

Koka Kalim warrior with throwing knives

Koka Kalim with Bolt Pistol (Inherited and carefully conserved Old Slann technology)

Amazon Bodyguard - personal retinue to the Amazon Nobility

Bodyguard with bow

Amazon Noblewoman

The beast who's hide provides the cloak will be revealed next week...

Your average Josephine - an Amazon Tribeswoman

I can also happily announce that I am now (Royal Mail willing) the proud owner of at least one, and in some cases more, of all of the Amazon minis in the range :)

Much more on these feisty ladies later

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

When Karl met Kremlo...

Morning all, and I'm glad to say my Lustria project is ticking along nicely thanks to the LPL - apologies to anyone actually still waiting for the final installment of Orc's Drift - realistically its going to be at least another couple of weeks befor I start it as I have a rather ambitious Round 10 planned....

Anyways, back to the steaming equatorial armpit of the Warhammer World, and a couple of veritable celebrities. Some of the older lags among you may remember my Magnificent Sven entry in last year's LPL -

- for which I'd got my hands on most of the cast of characters, except Karl Ustracutter - represented here by Ulrik Ulrikson, one of the more imaginatively named Heroic fighters of the Known World.

Having been priced out of the market for such desirable minis like Hagar Sheol and Ozrim Chardz for the Orc's Drift scenario, I made up my mind to track down Mr Ustracutter. To cut a long story short - here he is a year later, along with Kremlo the Slann, star of his own scenario (and another set of minis I now need have!)

I copied-ish his shield from the cardboard cutout illustrations that came with the old WFB 2nd ed. package...

... and attempted a lighter skin tone to represent his advanced years, in contrast to the strapping young berserkers accompanying him.

Talking of which - here they are - a mixture of the Tribesmen and Norse ranges, as I didn't think your average Norseman, nevermind berserker, would want to be wearing full war gear in the presure cooker of the Lustrian jungles.


And two Norse berserkers of a slightly older vintage -

Including this chap from the Kremlo scenario -

As suggested by my old chum Phreedh, here's one of the Wood Elf wardancers I painted up quite some time ago. Nice to see I've come some way in my human flesh tones (don't know why I find green easier?) and tattooing!

Finally its on to Kremlo himself - a great mini and an interesting scenario. Found washed up on the shoreline near their village, Kremlo is adopted by a Norse village headman and raised as his own son - hence the Norse outfit. Things get a little tricky when some of Kremlo's former tribesmen raid the village...

More info here if you're unfamiliar with the scenario -

I plan on working Kremlo into the Magnificent Sven sequel I'm cooking up somehow - perhaps as an objective for a scenario and then potential ally should the Norse player be successful...

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

We happy not so few anymore....

Woohoo - roll out the bunting, tickertape and strike up the band - Welcome to my 100th follower Grimsi Grogs - great name by the way!

Although I didn't necessarily embark on this endeavour as a popularity contest, I'm glad there are those my ramblings have struck a chord with.

Thanks one and all, and to mark the occasion I've gathered a few old friends together...

100 of them to be precise!

May have to retake the pic at some point - bit rushed last night as my folks were over...

Edit - 

So reshot the pic - hopefully its a little clearer.
Also added a couple of tags ;)


Sunday, 15 April 2012

Fish Out of Water

Hello all - another week and another LPL entry. This time I've gone for a little change to the usual 80's vintage citadel, in the form of Four A Miniature's excellent Sea Demons, sculpted by Paul Muller.

These are great minis and a superb addition to the range Andy stocks at Four A - I have the brilliant Piranha boy and another demon who didn't quite make it into my entry because of time. Some time I must also get round to finally painting up the other five Kev Adams goblins I bought ages ago!

Not sure how I'm going to use these little gribblies in game terms yet - just really liked the look of them. Probably means I'm going to have to expand the little scenic set I made for my competition pic into a table top set-up...