Setting expectations high for 2018, following on from my Russian Alternative Troll of Chaos and Oldhammer creatures from Greek mythology, I think there’s time for one more blog entry this weekend. I worked on a few different projects over Christmas, including painting miniatures from two manufacturers I haven’t tried before – Dark Sword and Westfalia Miniatures. In many ways these two companies couldn’t be more different, so the theme of tonight’s post is a bit of a stretch.
A few months ago I posted a drawing of Jenny Greenteeth, a river hag from English folklore. At around the same time I started drawing her, I bought a metal Razig the Sea Hag from Reaper Miniatures’ Warlord’ range, which sat untouched except for a roughly applied base of blue paint since then. And a couple of weeks ago, DM Mike introduced a green hag as an NPC into our &D campaign (whether as an ally or an antagonist remains a matter of debate in and out of character – after all, in Gaelic myth the Cailleach are a sort of divine spirit rather than evil). So, this week I finished painting her.
I am off work this week, and my wife is away, so I’ve had plenty of time available to get in touch with my inner artist and geek, finishing off some long-standing projects and starting a couple of new ones. There are loads of images – at least, for me – immediately below the fold, with some context all the way down at the bottom.
My shameful lead mountain is looking particularly insurmountable right now. On Thursday I received my minis from the first Greenskin Wars Kickstarter (they’re excellent), and on Friday I bought a load of old Citadel Night Horrors via eBay auction. They’re a pretty collectible range, and ‘buy it now’ prices are generally ridiculous – the final auction costs were about 25% of the normal list price, so well worth bidding. Luckily, for the first time in a while I also had no plans this weekend, so I’ve been able to make some small progress with painting and modelling.
A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.
Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring
Unlike Gandalf, my artwork often arrives late. These nine tiny men have been in my painting queue for over ten years, but they have roots that go back much further. When I got the 1991 Citadel Miniatures Red Catalogue, one of the first minis I ordered was Gandalf from their Fellowship of the Ring set. My dad helped me to paint it. But since it – sadly – didn’t survive to the present day, that’s not the subject of this post.
Shin High Terror. The very name strikes fear into the shins of men.
About a year ago, three friends and I gathered in my lounge and on Skype to try a game of D&D. This blog is the story of my quest to represent the events that took place that night (and on many subsequent occasions). I’ll also post collecting side quests, drawings, commissions, and anything else that feels loosely aligned with those topic, as well as my complete illustration portfolio. It’s mostly going to be fantasy miniatures and drawings of dragons and orcs and mythical creatures these days, so if that’s not your bag you might not like it here.