Star Wars Imperial Assault: Emperor’s Royal Guard Champion (Carnor Jax) (Jewel of July ’18)

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Emperor's Royal Guard Champion Carnor Jax

Today’s model is an add-on Imperial Villain from the Imperial Assault boardgame, the (Emperor’s) Royal Guard Champion. Going by the colour scheme, there’s clearly a basis in Carnor Jax specifically, and perhaps a little of his frenemy Kir Kanos.

Seems slightly familiar?

Apparently Carnor Jax is what’s known as an Imperial Sovereign Protector, Kir Kanos on the other hand, is an Elite Emperor’s Royal Guard. Both are from some Comics called Crimson Empire, and that’s about all I know, and slightly more than I care.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Emperor's Royal Guard Champion Carnor Jax

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Emperor's Royal Guard Champion Carnor Jax

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Emperor's Royal Guard Champion Carnor Jax

I painted my Royal Guard Champion somewhat like Carnor Jax, but forwent the black face mask and painted the cloak with a red outer and a black inner. I liked the idea that if he stood up and let his cloak fall, that he’d be almost indistinguishable from a standard Royal Guard with a red helm and robe. I also gave him the Imperial Cog on his base in lieu of a red rim. Because “Hero” type model.

Finally, a shot of him alongside the four “Regular” Emperor’s Royal Guard. Not my most amazing paint job by any means, but like the Royal Guards, he’s certainly fit for purpose.

Frodo and Sam (Mount Doom) (Jewel of July ’18)

Citadel Miniatures Frodo and Sam (Mount Doom)

Today we have another duo for the Jewel of July Challenge – indeed – another pair of Lord of the Rings models. Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee – with the particular sculpts that GW released for the final part of their quest to cast the ring into the Fires of Mount Doom. I’m.. not entirely sure why I bought these two. I think they may have been secondhand, where I’ve been much more likely to pick up models that I wouldn’t get at retail. I mean, they’re nice enough sculpts. They’re just very, very limited in their use beyond display models, even if you’re playing a LotR narrative campaign (which we will be doing soon).

Citadel Miniatures Frodo and Sam (Mount Doom)

I painted the pair of them really grubby. Much more than GW’s example models, which are mucky yet a lot cleaner. Given Frodo’s pose here, we’re really talking about the point of the film where it reaches the climax of The Ring’s tale – the first of about five endings – and both hobbits are both filthy and sweaty and covered in muck on their clothes, faces and everywhere else by this point. And so then, are these figures as well! In the photos they look a bit roughly washed, especially in some of the clothing folds – and they are, with washes, powders turned into muck, and more – though the satin spray I hit them with gives them a sweaty sheen – again, to represent their look when the ring is cast into the fires, and it does a lot to reduce the roughly-washed look. Also, the figures are bloody tiny!

Citadel Miniatures Frodo and Sam (Mount Doom)

Here’s a shot of them alongside the Ral Partha Giant Spider from the other day. It might have been a useful scale shot for the spider  …except it’s with LotR range Hobbit figures.

Still, GW’s Shelob model isn’t a lot bigger, so perhaps this may end up being a proxy once we get to playing through TTT/RotK? It could pass for a Child of Ungoliant in my book!

The Nazgûl: The Tainted. (Jewel of July ’18)

Citadel Miniatures Nazgûl, Nazgul, Ringwraith, The Tainted

Where the other Nazgûl were slowly swallowed by the taint of their rings, the Tainted gave himself wholly and willingly to Sauron. Now all natural things rebel in his presence, vegetation withers, animals sicken and bold warriors cower. He is an abomination whose merest presence is poison to life, honour and hope.

The Tainted is a “Named” Nazgûl, created by Games Workshop in the period following the marketing period for Return of the King. With The Witch King and Khamûl the Easterling being named in the books (however brief for Khamûl), they saw an opportunity to expand the lore in the same way that videogames and other properties tend to do with licenced IP.

The Tainted appears to have been inspired (at least in part) by the scene in The Fellowship of the Ring where a Nazgûl (The Witch-King, I believe) bends down and “sniffs” for The Ring and the Hobbits, and insects and creatures seem to retreat from it (across the hobbits, natch).

Citadel Miniatures Nazgûl, Nazgul, Ringwraith, The Tainted

I tried to represent its written background by brushing the tufts away from the Nazgûl in both it’s incarnations, and also brushed them with a dark grey and brown, to represent the corruption of this particular Ringwraith blackening the grasses merely by being in its direct presence. I also avoided the dirty and dusty effect that I’ve given the “regular” versions of The Nine, because I wanted the sickly effect on the robes to stand out. I’ve already got 2×9 “realistic” Ringwraiths, after all.

I haven’t looked at the rules for it in many years, and while it’s very unlikely that it will feature in the Fellowship campaign that we’re going to play through, I’m sure it can find a place on the tabletop down the line. In the meantime, it’s a nice enough completed model for display. And let’s face it, that’s the fate of a LOT of my models…

Tom Bombadil and Goldberry (Lady Geneve, Red Box Games) (Jewel of July ’18)

Tom Bombadil and Goldberry (Lady Geneve, Red Box Games)

Tom Bombadil is probably my least-favourite Tolkien character. He was omitted from the films, which was a net gain in some ways, but also a loss in terms of the Barrow-Wight scenes with the hobbits not being included at all. I also never liked the official Citadel figure, but ended up with it when buying out someone’s LotR models, quite a few years ago. I’ve now painted him, since he’s a needed character for the Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project that I’m doing a bit for lately, and also because he nicely fit into Jewel of July as a character, being probably the oldest and possibly even the most powerful being in all of Middle-Earth, despite his unassuming exterior.

Tom Bombadil and Goldberry (Lady Geneve, Red Box Games)

His partner of course, is Goldberry. As I’ve never had any intention at all of paying way too much for a model of her that comes with another of Tom, I had to figure something else out. That was something I did a few years ago, in fact – picking out a Red Box Games model that I already had – Lady Geneve of the Council of Seven, Speaker of the Far Stars. While Tre’s model is clearly meant to be an elf, she looked the part well enough for me to use her as Goldberry, and so with a minor bit of updating to what was a “completed” model already (and painted as Goldberry originally), we have a completed pair.

I’ve got a bunch of catch-up posts still to do – I took photos for my June monthly round-up the other day, but messed up and so have to set everything out again and retake the photos! So in the meantime, I’m going to press on with sharing Jewels of July models.

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons: Giant Spider (1995) (Jewel of July ’18)

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons Giant Spider (1995)

Time for a Spider! Today’s model is a Ral Partha Giant Spider from their licenced Dungeons and Dragons range in 1995. Which is why it has a “TSR 1995” on it’s underside. While some of you might wonder why RP felt the need to licence something as incredibly generic as a Giant Spider, where no copyrights or trademarks could possibly exist, the answer lies in it being part of a branded D&D range that stores would carry and purchase from.

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons Giant Spider (1995)

Friend of the Bitz Box, Mark Morin actually painted the same model a couple of years ago, along with some other old-school Grenadier Spiders.

I painted the thing in woody browns, inspired by our local Aussie heroes, the Huntsman Spider. Even though the Huntsman isn’t furry like our D&D model, I still wanted her to have the “feel” and “appearance” of a “real” spider. In order to do that, I followed the really simple, muted tones of real spiders rather than going all that crazy with bright colours, as it’s clearly not a tropical specimen. I also went with browns rather than blacks, since I wanted it to stand out a bit more, and perhaps be a little less creepy(?) The tiny, beady eyes were painted black, with a single dot of white for the highlight, and gloss varnished. Not that you can see them, they’re so bloody small!

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons Giant Spider (1995)

After trying to make the thing look kinda-realistic with the paint, I wanted to then draw it away from looking like a large spider had invaded my games room by using the basing to tie it in with the rest of my minis collection, and with that black rim separate it from the tabletop slightly. I also used some bits of slate to raise the front f the spider, since it’s rearing up (for some reason) and make it look that little bit more impressive when sat next to other models.

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons Giant Spider (1995)

Ral Partha Dungeons and Dragons Giant Spider (1995)

It really is a nice sculpt, and probably one that’s now lost to time. It wouldn’t take much for someone who owned the mould to scrape off the TSR from it (or probably most of that range) and sell it, and I’m sure that’s the case with at least a good chunk of the rest of the mid-90’s range. After all, no-one “owns” Orcs, or Kobolds or Elves – which is why we now have GW selling us “Orruks” and “Aelves”, but without knowing the intricacies of that particular licence agreement, who can tell? RPE don’t have it. Maybe Mirilton or someone else like that owns the sculpts now? (Well, not Mirilton – I just checked!)

June-It ’18 (June-Unit) Community Round-Up

Krautscientist’s “The Road Crew.”

All I can say is that putting this post together has been a project in and of itself. I’m overwhelmed by how many people have taken up the challenge of getting a unit done for this month. I’m starting at the top of the pingbacks on the Challenge Post (at least initially) and working my way down. I’ll chase up stragglers later on.

So above we have The Road Crew by Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt. Listening to Motörhead while viewing them is optional, but I’d personally encourage it. That’s one frighteningly feral-but-awesome looking bunch.

Krautscientist’s Deathwatch Killteam Ulrach.

Krautscientist has also dropped in a second completed unit this month – Deathwatch Killteam Ulrach converted from Primaris Space Marines into truescale Inq28 models. Each model is a unique build that I’ll (hopefully) be taking inspiration from at some stage for my own models.

 

Imperial Rebel Ork’s Bannaroff Light Infantry: The Forlorn 13

Next we have Imperial Rebel Ork’s Bannaroff Light Infantry: The Forlorn 13. There are a literal ton of photos of these guys over on IRO’s site, and I definitely recommend checking them out for a very cool unit mashup of 40k and the 17th Century.

 

Just Needs Varnish’s Paraguayan infantry battalion.

Just Needs Varnish has completed a fourth Paraguayan infantry battalion for his Paraguayan War project that he’s been working on for some time. I think it’s about time that he posts up a nicely updated group shot of both sides facing off. 😀

 

Wudugast’s Disposable Heroes Imperial Guard Squad

Wudugast from Convert or Die has had a productive month. First up he completed the Disposable Heroes, a rag-tag squad of Imperial Guardsmen that exist in-between 40k, Inq28, Necromunda (and probably soon, Kill Team and Rogue Trader!)

Wudugast’s Knights Mortis squad

Secondly, Wudugast has converted and painted up a squad of Space Marines from his Knights Mortis Chapter, using Primaris models as their basis. I especially like how the paint scheme is both striking and battle-work at once.

Wudugast’s Skaven Plague Monks.

Finally, Wudugast completed a unit of Plague Monks for his ever-growing Skaven army. I also have to congratulate him on finishing his Skaven unit while I failed in completing my own Skaven unit rather miserably.

 

Thomas’ Brood of Genestealers (and some little – and big – friends)

Thomas of the High Times on the Eastern Fringe has gotten a whole Brood of Genestealers done this (last) month. There are a few actual Genestealer Broods in there, as well as Ripper Swarms and a pair each of Broodlords and Venomthropres to boot. That’s  ….a lot of melee attacks.

 

dave2718’s US Infantry squads.

dave2718 from Faith and Steel completed 2 (or 3 – depends how you set them up) units of US WWII Infantry. I believe they’re on patrol in the late afternoon of a summer day. He’s teased some support options coming soon. I wonder if we’ll see some armour for The Jewel of July painting challenge?

 

Argentbadger’s Eldar Harlequin Troupe.

Argentbadger from (or who is?) The Bovine Overlord has painted up a Troupe of Harlequins. Those most slippery and perfidious of the Eldar race! I’m also rather embarrassed that Argent now has more than five times the number of painted Harlequins that I do!

 

 

Mark Morin’s Texican Space Rangers.

Mark A Morin has also had a busy month. Firstly he completed an entire platoon of Texican Space Rangers that originally date back to 1978! I’m pretty sure that either the platoon Sergeant or the Lieutenant is called “Maurice”. Or certainly should be.

Mark Morin’s Robot Peackeepers.

Mark’s second unit for the month was a Skittles-inspired set of Robot Peacekeepers from the Mega Miniatures range. They apparently want candy, and are willing to keep the peace all over you if you get in their way to the candy aisle. Don’t blame me – blame Tabitha!

Mark Morin’s Space Dwarf Assault Squad.

Mark wrapped up an overly-productive month with a Space Dwarf Assault Squad. (not Squats!) Once again proving that he’s not scared of a bit of colour, each of these Space Dwarves (and Agri-Bots) has an individual colour combo.

A rather productive month for Mark, I think you’d agree!

Somehow I see the Dwarves and their “Peacekeeper” allies causing a bit of trouble, before the Texian Rangers get called in…

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s Lamerton Posse.

Bringing that Western feel right back down to Earth, The Imperfect Modeller (who I like to think of being named Tim, even if it’s not actually correct) completed a set of 5 rather rough-looking fellows known as The Lamerton Posse.

 

Ed’s Black Legion Plague Marines.

Ed from Malefic Design has completed a very cool looking squad of Black Legion Plague Marines. Not something we get to see all that often, especially with the new models. They work better than I’d have expected, and now I’m tempted to do some Black Legion with some of my own Plague Marines…

 

Ann’s Poxwalkers, Shambling towards YOU!

Ann from Ann’s Immaterium racked up enough Poxwalkers to bring her existing shambling horde to 13. Each one an individually painted mass of infection and sputum.

 

 

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ unit of Possessed Astartes.

Pandora’s Bitz Box of the Krakendoomcool shared blog completed this unit of 12 Chaos Space Marine Possessed. The tweak here is that each of the models is based on a marine from a different Chapter (or is it the Legions?) As such, each model is an individual and well worth checking out on the site.

 

Jeff’s completed, converted Varghulf and friends.

Finally, we have the gang from Wyrdstones and Tackle Zones who were actually taking part in their own challenge in June, to “Turn it Up to 11” by painting 11 miniatures. Since they’ve decided to get on board for our The Jewel of July challenge, I’m happy to showcase their work here for June-It, since the criteria cross over pretty snugly.

Jeff’s Sepulchural Guard Shadespire Warband.

Jeff converted and completed a unit composed of a Varghulf and Ghouls for his Flesh-Eater Courts AoS force (and I’ll be stealing that Varghulf conversion idea!) as well as painting a Sepulchural Guard Shadespire Warband.

Jason’s Idoneth Deepkin.

Jason completed 10 Namarati Thralls and an Isharann Soulscryer for his Age of Sigmar Idoneth Deepkin.

Caseyrog’s Underworld Creepers-style Skaven/Goblin Bloodbowl Team.

Caseyrog painted a starting 11 for an Underworld Creepers-style Skaven/Goblin Bloodbowl Team, incuding a rather impressive looking Troll!

 

Faust’s Goliaths!

Faust of Double Down Dice painted up a starting six of his Goliath gang for Necromunda.

 

Westrider’s Bloodbound Warband for Shadespire.

Alexis “Westrider” West of Cascadian Grimdark completed a Khorne Bloodbound Warband from the Shadespire set. You wouldn’t want to run into any of these four in a dark alley. Or on a sunny day in a park, for that matter.

 

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Edit – Hey! I forgot to add in my own models. You can of course see them in more detail by viewing yesterday’s post.

And.. that’s it* for June’s June-It, unit-painting Community Round-Up. Apologies for it being this late. I’ve been snowed under with things, and so I’m also way behind on reading people’s blog posts, painting my own models, the TV shows I try to follow (over a month behind there) and on and on it goes..

*Obviously, I probably missed someone despite my best efforts, so if that’s you, please know it was unintentional – just reply to this post with a link to your model post and I’ll edit you in quicksmart.

June-It: Painting Challenge 2018 Personal Round-Up

Now, late but still here, we have my personal round-ups from the June-It unit painting challenge. It was a funny month, June. On one hand, I’m happy with the quantity of stuff I managed to finish, but on the other hand I’m still disappointed in myself because of what I did not manage to complete – and no, this isn’t a ploy for sympathy or building up my self-esteem.

There’s a unit of Terminators, a unit of Primaris, a Unit of Savage Orcs and a unit of Skaven that I really did want to get complete, and had the four of them in mind when looking towards June – none of which really got any work of note done on them.

What I did manage to get done were 2 units of 5 Shermans, 2 units of 8 Skeleton Archers, 9 mounted Nazgûl and 9 foot Nazgûl, 3 Undead Ogres, a foursome of Emperor’s Royal Guard from Star Wars, a set of 5 of Conan’s Black Dragon Bodyguards, and a unit of Daemonic Plague Toads of Nurgle. Oh, and a Unit of High Elves that I started almost 5 years ago.

So, 11 units in all. Which isn’t too bad, let’s face it. But I’m still annoyed about those others…