Realm of Chaos – Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

After completing a few more of my old Beastmen a few months ago, I was reawakened to just how much I enjoy these models, so when a few months ago I went delving into my leadpile looking for my original Keeper of Secrets models to paint for the Monster March painting challenge, I found this model. I didn’t actually find the Keepers, which I’ve quite wanted to paint for a few months now, but I guess finding them stays an ongoing process – much like finding the missing Minotaur to complete my Chaos Dwarf Blood Bowl team

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

As often happens when I find and prepare specific models for a painting challenge, I managed to get it assembled, but didn’t have a chance to start on the paint during March, so when Monster MAYhem rolls around shortly afterwards, it gives me both some motivation to get even more monster models painted – including the stuff that either didn’t get finished – or started for Monster March.

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

As I was discussing with Sho3box not too long ago, Trish isn’t my most favourite of the old guard of Citadel sculptor, but I don’t mind these minotaurs all that much. Certainly better work than anything bearing a scales hide, though there’s some seriously weird proportional stuff going on with the oversized hands and feet – and especially with that ginormous macrocephlic head and tusk-like teeth! There are a lot of little fiddly details I coul dhave done without, many of which are fine on the surface, but less so if you actually look at them for more than a couple of seconds…

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

Thankfully, though, it wasn’t particularly hard or unpleasant to paint – which counts for a lot in practise. I kept the palette to the same basic palette I used for my Beastmen, with a little more red to the red-browns, and a little more gold, as befits a Minotaur Lord. I wasn’t sure what sort of base to put him on, but it turns out that in current times an AoS “Doombull” goes on a 50mm round, so I went with that – even though it feels a little small, the 60mm equally felt a little large.

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998), Beastman Bray Shaman, Brayherd Beastmen Gors (Michael Perry, 1995-6)

I’ve given Berkeley a day off today for the size comparison and instead am using the other beastmen I’ve painted in the same vein. Sure, we’re nowhjere near an army at this point, but it is starting to look like a nice little warband, and that in itself makes me a little happy. I’ll need to pick out a couple more beastlads to be the next couple of models in this line. I may have to go back and rebase the three metals on 25mm rounds to 32mm bases as the plastics and Shaman have.

24 thoughts on “Realm of Chaos – Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

  1. Excellent paintwork mate, remember painting up the store one, as none of the staff wanted to, and it does have lots of little details to pick out, preferred the earlier Minotaur Lords models if I’m honest, but that’s just personal preference

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    • Thanks Dave, yeah, it’s full of little sculpting oddities like the hair that the decapitated head is hanging from not being attached to the Mino’s belt, or the tied up part of the hair being still being almost as large a circumfrence as the head…. There’s three of the older ones I like more than this model – One of those (Ox Roar) is the missing “Blood Bowl” model, but they were a pretty uneven range as well…

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    • I was just talking about that with Marouda last night – so many of my old unpainted metals I have sitting around here would be going for $20-30-40-50-60+ on eBay now that “Oldhammer” got all cool and popular. Very glad I got what I did when I was able to!

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  2. Great job on him! Weirdly enough, after seeing that model countless times, I’ve only just realized that while it’s billed as a minotaur, it’s more a dog/bear/wolf beastman with horns than a bull humanoid. This is a wonderful warband, thanks for sharing!

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    • Thanks Mikko! It’s a real ManBearPig of a model for sure! Trish has good technical ability but often lacks on the overall cohesiveness part of the execution. Hopefully I’ll add to the warband soon – I got another 6 rescue plastic beastmen and a few more unpainted old metals out of storage last night…

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  3. I remember this sculpt well and I really like it! You painted it up really well and it has a lot of personality. You can almost smell the horrible breath this guy has from here 😀 I do wish it was easier to get ahold of some of these minis as I wouldn’t mind painting stuff like this just for the heck of it. I get nostalgic just seeing it again, to be honest! Do you have any other Beastmen minis kicking about, mate? If so, I hope you’ll paint some of them up sometime this year 🙂

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    • Thanks Kuribo! I’ve got a full beastman army worth of models here. Probably only a mid-sized army, but they’re certainly one of the factions I enjoy working on and want to get more painted, even if it’s only a small few at a time so I can enjoy them more. it’s a shame in a lot of ways the way “Oldhammer” and now even “Midhammer” has taken off as it’s driven prices up to a silly extent on places like eBay for models that are cool but not nearly worth $20-80 apiece. Just lucky for me that I’ve got enough of them to keep myself busy for some time to come… 🙂

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      • That sounds great to me! I didn’t like the Beastmen army when they were out but with time, I’ve grown to appreciate them. The prices here in the US for old minis is insane. I would say many of the cooler models are well over $100 here. I’ve had the bright idea to look for some old sculpts that I’d enjoy painting up as a display piece and they’re so overpriced that I lose interest!

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      • Yeahm there was a time several years ago when I was buying a ton of old models that I missed first time around from eBay UK and US – this was before the “Oldhammer” surge and also before Republicans fucked the USPS and made international shipping so expensive that US sellers then lost all of our business.

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  4. Brilliant! I love this sculpt and was really disappointed when GW retired it in favour of the rather uninspired plastics about a decade later. Your painting absolutely brings him to life.

    I do wonder why there are never female Beastmen or Minotaur minis (or Skaven for that matter) – it seems like rather a wasted opportunity. Perhaps I’ve just never noticed them out there.

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    • Cheers mate! I’ve got a few of those plastic that came in some army box or another a few years ago, though I don’t know where that box is(!)
      I’ve got some actual good Minotaur sculpts from a KS a few years ago, and possibly some from Mierce when I got a bunch of their models from someone locally. I certainly got a bunch of other well-sculpted animal-mans!
      I think the lack of females comes largely from the times when they were sculpted – even to stuff quite recenlty, unless you’re an elf or one of the occasional female Witch/Wizardess/Crone/Hag/Commander/Hero models, there were pretty much no females at all in most GW model ranges…

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    • Thanks Warb.. I’m thinking I may start to go through and assemble and paint a bunch of my old multipart lead models that fit into this kind fo 40-60mmbase category. See how many I can get out of being forgotten in old boxes and onto being table-worthy!

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  5. Definitely some odd proportions with this one but I reckon he gets away with it, Chaos explains away a multitude of sins after all. Anyway, you’ve done a great job once again and that’s a fine looking herd coming together.

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    • Thanks Wudu 😁 I’ve got a few more rescue beastmans ready to paint now after prepping them last weekend – and I guess you’re right! Chaos: The GW equivalent of “a wizard did it”.

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