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).


  1. This was a really clever entry and as you say most unexpected

    1. Thanks Andrew. I think it helped with the votes!

  2. Very nice Iannick, love the purple wings, great green and very nice base. Congratulations on coming in third, there was a lot of competition.


    1. Thanks John! I was quite proud of being in the top choices.