Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Brigade/Divisional commands from Murawski Miniatures

Hot of the presses, Murawski Miniatures just released two new sets of Brigade/Divisional commands. And they are pretty!

The first one is composed of an ADC on a rearing horse (yes, rearing horses are awesome) delivering a message to a cavalry general with an elite company Uhlan in support

And the second one is composed of an ADC on a horse pulling up with a infantry general and a staff officer

Both packs are priced £12 and are available right now from Murawski Miniatures

Monday, January 20, 2014

Top 3!

I am quite pleased that my Jabberwock snatched the 3rd place in the Villains bonus round, out of around 50 entries. I believe this is my highest result in any painting challenge, and I'm especially proud of the fact I was up against fabulous competition. I did not expect to finish in the top 3, although I I was especially happy with my painting on the Jabberwock. 

Such a nice sculpt too, Tom Meier did a great job.

As for me, I had a soft spot for Nick's hilarious Goblin Pirates (love the blue and white trousers)

and of course the amazing Sidney's Mata Hari vignettes

And congrats to all participants!

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Jabberwock

Beware the Jabberwock, my son!  
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun  

The frumious Bandersnatch

I hesitated a lot when it was time to decide what figure I would enter in the villains bonus round of the Analogue painting Challenge. After all, with me painting an Oldhammer Chaos army the choices were plentiful! In the end I went with the Jabberwock for two reasons: it's a really cool figure and I figured there was no way someone else would submit one! 

The Jabberwock was always one of my favourite Chaos monster. I mean, just the name "Jabberwock" is awesome and for some strange reason fits perfectly with the beast's appearance. I remember seeing a picture of one in the Warhammer 3rd edition bestiary and thinking I needed one of those!! 

The figure I used was released in the early 80s, 1982 I believe, by Ral Partha, and was sculpted by Tom Meier. While not a Citadel figure per se, it was sold in Europe by Citadel under license. I bought that figure, actually sold in the Citadel packaging, in the late eighties, in a now long defunct hobby shop "bargain bin". I undercoated it, lost interest and the poor fellow spent more than 20 years in the bottom of my lead box. The figure has aged remarkably well I find, and it is still today imho the best looking Jabberwock available on the market. Few sculpts of the Jabberwock have been made in 28mm; one by Ral Partha, one by Citadel and a recent one from Reaper.

The great thing with this creature is that you can truly let your imagination run wild as there is no "accepted" reference, and most pics are black & white. I went mostly with a striking green to match the colour scheme I intend to give to my chaos force.
He's one of many weird monsters I would like to paint and he will more than likely have a place of honour among my Chaos monsters, as I really like him.

This weird creation of chaos gives me 70 pts in the contest (extra points for the bonus round).

Bring out your lights! (another challenge!)

Robert, our esteemed leader over at La Bricole, has recently started a new Napoleonic painting challenge. The theme this time is light infantry or cavalry of any description, in any size and scale and in any numbers from vignette to brigades. 

This competition is about quality, not quantity, so I figure there's nothing stopping me from participating in both the Analogue challenge and the La Bricole challenge.I have an idea of what I want to do, but I'm still planning the last details. Its going to be a challenge to pull it off in time, but I'll do my best.

There is still time to participate in the challenge, and I encourage all Napoleonic painters to join our small but very friendly (and ever expanding) forum.

For more details

Newcomers always welcome. Deadline for completed entries is February 10th.