Monday, May 23, 2011

White Knight's (not so) Secret Dwarf Project - and OW Early Summer Sale

I'm still unable to paint anything due to the two operations earlier this month. So, today's post is plugs for two people I believe deserves all the publicity they can get.

White Knight's (not so) Secret Dwarf Project
First, a plug for White Knight's Project creating a Renaissance themed Dwarf army. People, that have looked in the John Pickford Collection Guide or frequent forums like Frothers and Lead-Adventures would know what Sebastian is up to. But for those who don't, I can tell that he has commissioned John Pickford to do him a Renaissance themed dwarf army inspired by the old Marauder Miniature Dwarfs - and John has done a spectacular job for him.

From the very start it's been WKs personal project, and not a commercial venture, but he is now offering people a chance of getting some of these awesome sculpts for themselves. So yesterday, he announced the availability of the first set of multipart dwarf infantry.

Here is a small teaser:

More can be found in his blog. Here you also find details how to get your hands on some of these yourself: WK Miniature Imperium.

Otherworld Miniatures Early Summer Sale

Yes, it's true - today - Richard Scott has announced that he will be running an early summer sale. All prices are reduced by 20% - also all the items up for pre-order. So why waste more time, go show him you support at the Otherworld Miniature Store :-)

Go pick up some of the fantastic John Pickford Miniatures or maybe a set of these awesome Duergars (Evil dwarfs) done by Kev Adams:

And before I go, a big welcome to Blue in VT/Chris - a fellow Marauder Miniatures Chaos Dwarf-o-holic and a very dear friend of mine. A guy that I've come to know of at Chaos Dwarf Online. And I can only suggest you people to go visiting his awesome painting blog or have walk through the 10 rounds of Lead Painter's League 2011 at the Lead Adventure Forum - here you'll find stuff like Marauder Miniatures Ogres and Dwarfs or even see him go Sci-Fi with his Round 10 Star Wars.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Captain America

I've always been a big fan of Superheroes and superhero-movies - and am looking very much forward seeing Captain America.

My two kids love superheroes as well so I'm abusing this interest to introduce them to miniatures and miniature painting. I've recently picked up a few superhero look-a-likes from Reaper's and will try convert them into classic superheroes and super villains - like Ironman, Batman, Hulk and Dr. Doom.

I've also succeeded finding a few home-brewed sculpts representing true classic heroes.

One of these are this Captain America that I picked up in the US - and now have painted and entered in the monthly Brush Slave painting challenge at the Chaos Dwarf Online.

Theme here was: "Do ya punk...Do You feel lucky" - and anything with a gun was allowed. So perfect opportunity for painting Captain America:

N/A: Captain America

Grab your Pickford's - Part 1

Finally home and starting to recover. Had to go through 2 operations to before the herniated disc was fully removed. It was rather difficult getting out and doctors had put my nerve (controlling my lower leg and foot) under quite some stress, so I returned home with a partly numb leg - and it's rather sore. So I've spend the last few days learning to walk and then train the numb muscles. Will take some time though, but I'm confident, that I'll regain full control of my leg.

So, as you can probably guess noting new paints to show - but why not show something of the miniatures I did just before the surgery :-)

First are my entry for the April Challenge at Otherworld Miniatures. Theme this time was 'A Bad Day to be a Guard', so used this opportunity to finish my OW Goblin Command.

OW - GB4 Goblin Command Guard

Can't get more 'Guard' than that, can it? This guy is probably the best of all the Goblins John Pickford have done for Otherworld till day.

This also means that I've complete the hole GB4 set. They came to look like this:

OW - GB4 Goblin Command

Guy on the right is missing his shield. Will have to see if I can find that.

I've purchased 2 vouchers from OW this year - and with my second purchase came a few unreleased surprises. So next miniature is one of those surprises.

Last year John Pickford did a conceptual Firenewt (MM II - monster) for Otherworld. Apparently Richard and John wasn't a 100% pleased with them, so only one was made and was never official released. But it was cast and Richard has been so friendly sending me have a copy.

OW - Unreleased Firenewt

I love it. A bit big and bulky compared to a 28mm human - and I guess that future Firenewts will be slightly smaller and more skinny.

Last miniature today is another one by John Pickford. John has been so kindly to give me insight in his early works - and have sent me some promotional and unreleased miniature he did back in the early days. Most of the stuff I got is now in the Pickford Collection Page. So, this "Grab your Pickford's" segment, will probably be a regular segment in this blog.

Grab your Pickford's: Lance-a-Little

"Lance-a-little" was originally going to be a promo model for "Gamer's Quest" but the model was never actually produced. A shame really, if you ask me - as he is a wonderful and rather characteristic little tin-goblin.

Before I leave you, I'd like to welcome two new followers Tael and Mikkel Nyboe. I'm glad to see both of you here - and hope you'll enjoy your stay. Especially honoured by you presence here, Mikkel. Always been  admiring your works and consider you as being one of the best painters in Denmark. And for those not familiar with Mikkels work, please go visit his Gurer-blog. Such an awesome and inspiring painting site.