Following on from my post in the Month of Marsh, I’ve finally finished a group of six fantasy frog minis. I’ve been working on them on and off since September. A couple of them were a bit frustrating to paint, and there are some rough edges, but overall I’ve achieved the effect I was after.
After a week away for work, I came back just in time for the long Easter weekend and had quite a lot of time for painting. I spent most of that time finishing off my Reaper Bones frogmen and working on Mudcroak the squog shaman, so I hope I’ll be able to post a photo of them all together next week. I also did some quite quick paint jobs on three old Citadel Miniatures – one for Shin High Terror, one for my Sidequest of Chaos, and one just for fun.
April is shaping up to be a really busy month. This weekend my in-laws visited, next weekend an old friend is in town after a couple of years in Iraq, I’ve got a weeding to attend at the end of the month, and right now I’m in a hotel in a rather run down area of Vienna where I’ll be working for the next few days. So, I have made progress on neither drawing nor painting, and I think the next few weeks will be much the same. Still, I managed to squeeze in enough time to finish the details on two old Citadel Miniatures to a standard I’m happy enough with.
It’s the end of the month of Marsh, the season of mists, when the Oldhammer forum turn their collective attention to the Fimir and other bog-dwelling fiends. I painted my only Fimir back in 2016, and I spent most of the last month working, studying, and finishing painting the Fellowship of the Ring. But I did make a little progress on some of my most swampy minis: a troll, some fantasy frog-men, and a few undead.
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.
An owlbear’s screech echos through dark valleys and benighted forests, piercing the quiet night to announce the death of its prey. Feathers cover the thick, shaggy coat of its bearlike body, and the limpid pupils of its great round eyes stare furiously from its owlish head.
D&D 5E Monster Manual, p.249
Inspired by a cheap, plastic toy dinosaur manufactured in China and sold in discount shops throughout the US and UK, the owlbear is one of the most emblematic creatures of the D&D bestiary. We haven’t encountered one yet in Shin High Terror, but they’ve been mentioned a couple of times – first by a grizzled old mercenary who lost his eye to one in single combat, and second when I started making explicit checks to see if any were around. Obviously I had to paint one.
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.