If not, you will not be missed …

High times on the Eastern Fringe

The worlds of Warhammer are both grim and dark but they are unlike the real world just fantasy ones. As the real falls into dark void of the Corona pandemic and racial violence, Games Workshop stepped up and declared its position.

Personally, I find this great. And I hope that Games Workshop continues to push for a more inclusive and diverse hobby. The real world, in contrast to the oppressive hell of the Imperium, should be a great place for everyone, as corny as that might sound, but it really should. A great place of equal opportunity and equal rights. We all have a responsibility to make that happen. And those who do not want to tag alone on this great journey … well, they won’t be missed.

Take care, everyone!

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D&D Monster Manual 18: Wrath of Ashardalon – Gauth (Bellax)

Wrath of Ashardalon - Gauth

Bellax, Baby Beholder?

Since we’ve been playing a bit of the D&D boardgames lately, a few more of the models from those games have sneaked into my painting queue. Despite my fairly effectiove use of “The Tray” unfortunately some of the stuff there just isn’t driving me to paint it right now, and the D&D stuff belongs to that most relevant painter/gamer clause of “I need it done now for a game”. So when I found this thing in the bottom of the game box, primed and basecoated red. Well, I could see that the model was going to be simple enough to finish pretty quickly. So over the course of not too much time over two days, I got it finished.

Wrath of Ashardalon - Gauth

Dancing Dragonborn Fighter for scale.

As I understand it, a Gauth is like a small Beholder, which is a bloody silly monster in and of itself, and as such, very D&D. It’s also one of the noises that – should you find yourself making it with any frequency – means you should go get yourself tested for COVID-19. As for the model, I dunno. While I actually have an amazing looking paionted variant of this model in my mind’s eye with mottled skin and transitions between distinct shades, it was already basecoated red, and given how much of a zero-sum game my painting time is, it’s really not a model that calls for such effort. It was an easy paint, it looks alright, it’ll work well when we need it for the boardgame or if I ever play D&D/Pathfinder again, so it counts as an easy win, I guess!

Rogue Trader: Squat Trike (Michael and Alan Perry, April 1989)

Rogue Trader: Squat Trike (Michael and Alan Perry, April 1989)

This model is one I’ve had for a very long time, and is one of the remaining vestiges of the Squat detatchment that was part of my first Imperial Army/Guard force, that I sold as a teen to get the cash to buy my first Amiga Computer. It’s not something I regret as such, as I got a lot of use and enjoyment out of that computer, as well as it having probably been an important part of what has gotten me to my current professional position, but you fucking bet I wish I could get hold of those models again today.

Rogue Trader: Squat Trike (Michael and Alan Perry, April 1989)

The paint here is actually a re-touch of my 2nd-edition-era re-tough of my original 1989-1990-ish Roghue Trader paintjob. I went over pretty much everything this time, making the tyres a dussty grey rather than the black shaded to blue that they originally were, redoing the padded flak armour from green and brown to the current brown, changing the boots, gloves and jacket to black leather, highlighting the helmet and bike parts a little more from the 2nd-edition Red I gave them, and then glazing with red to enrich the colour which had gotten a bit desaturated from the highlights. His lasgun got repainted from having bright red furniture to copper, still giving it a touch of colour but removing the gaudiness and the distraction that the red caused. Similarly, the shoulder studs went from bright yellow to silver.

Rogue Trader: Squat Trike (Michael and Alan Perry, April 1989)

There is a little bit of very old freehand on the model that I left untouched. A rune of sorts on his helmet, shoulder and headlamp. It might be similar ot Khorne if you look at it a certain way, but it ain’t Khorne! I’d like to get more of these, but they’re like gold-played hen’s teeth, sadly. I do at least have a tiny stash of original Squats on foot that I kept from that sale – which clearly I need to get off my arse and paint!

…and yeah, I only spotted that touch of paint on the bottom of his nose from repainting his beard after taking these photos – it’s been fixed now!

Reaper 02341: Stefan Von Kruger (Sandra Garrity)

Reaper 02341: Stefan Von Kruger (Sandra Garrity)

Still on the D&D-ish train today, and we have a Vampire model from Reaper that manages to straddle both the “classic gothic” and the “fantasy armoured” vampire tropes amazingly well in my opinion. Stefan Von Kruger here is very nicely and finely detailed, and only took me 10 or 15 years to get finished. He was moved onto a 32mm base a couple of years ago, but still took some time to get to the point where I was able to make myself complete the model, ultimately using the Tray to force the issue.

For the colour scheme, I stuck with pretty bog-standard Vampire tones, whichg also happen to fit in with my Vampire Counts-themed Undead/Kings of War army. I also added some blood spatter, which I don’t do all that often, but I felt like it fit here, as Stefan here has a pretty ferocious pose – so a bit for his clothing and face, a touch on his shield, and some streaking on his blade. It’s a subtle look on his red shield and tabard, but that suits me quite nicely to be quite honest.  …anbd just a few dots to mar his otherwise perfectly regal face.

Reaper 02341: Stefan Von Kruger (Sandra Garrity)

The embossed detail on his shield is a nice touch, with a little Easter Egg there that you may not notice at first. This model also serves as a good example of why something like the poor old weedy Count Strahd model is barely likely to get a look in, even if we’re playing the actual D&D game that Strahd comes from. Why would you use that, when something like this is available?

D&D ̶M̶o̶n̶s̶t̶e̶r̶ Hero Manual 17: Castle Ravenloft’s Arjhan the Dragonborn Fighter

Castle Ravenloft's Arjhan the Dragonborn Fighter

In case anyone might be wondering what the hero models from these D&D board games look like, here’s the sole example of one that I actually painted. And by painted, I mean it’s been sitting part done on a series of shelves, tables and containers for the better part of a decade now. I can’t answer why I even started this model, as it’s a pretty awful example of sculpting, casting, posing (WTF is he supposed to be doing? Dancing? Throwing a Punch? It’s dancing, isn’t it?) and pretty much everything else. It got painted in reds with gold because ….I think maybe the character card art insinuated these were the colorus to use? Or maybe I chose red because Dragonborn? I can’t recall. I dunno, really. Or care. I did the hair/dreads this week though. I went with yellow because fire, because Dragonborn. Also, the bright colour draws the eye to the model’s head where black or a dark colour would have dulled it down.

Castle Ravenloft's Arjhan the Dragonborn Fighter

This model is a good example of a bad model from 10 years ago. It might be a boardgame figure, and it’s now painted, so it’ll work for that okay, but it’s not great in any way by any means. It only gets it’s own blog post to fit in with the other Ravenloft models, and so I can entertain myself for 10 minutes shitting on it in type. It’s another example of a model that’s now done that I can pretty much never concern myself thinking about again. And if I ever need a Male Dragonborn Fighter armed with an Axe, I guess I’ve got the perfect model to fit that unlikely event….

Wizards of the Coast 25th Anniversary Series Human Fighter (Male) WOC40004

This model is one that (all together now) I purchased and started many years ago. This time for some RPG campaign or another. I can’t seem to find this model on Reaper’s site, and it’s not a GW model. I did rebase it onto the citadel base, but I did so by cutting off the metal base entirely and gluing his feet down, and even that was years ago. So I’m not sure who the maker is or which range it’s from. The shield and axe are my own additions, both come from Reaper’s Weapons Pack III.

Anyway, whatever roleplaying he was a part of has been forgotten to the mists of time, along withhowever I’d planned to paint him, so being that the only parts started were the cloak and chainmail, and it’s kind of a “nothing” model in terms of fitting into a game I’m building any kind of force for, it just sat in a series of different locaitons for many years until (you guessed it) I chose it for my first Tray. And now he’s done and dusted! Which I think we can all agree is a good thing.

In terms of use, and despite being pretty specifically dressed, armed and armoured, he’s also generic enough to be used for a bunch of assorted minis games like Frostgrave as well as various fantasy boardgames and whatnot – not to mention vcarious D&D-ish type endeavours! Oh, and if you know where this model is from, please do let me know and I’ll edit the post title! I wonder if a GIS will come up with anything after my photos are posted and Google’s crawlers do their work….?

Editbig thanks to both Joe Kushner and Phil Curran for identifying the model for me! 🙂

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

A pair of Dwarves from different eras today – a Dwarf General model from the late 90’s, repurposed as the named Character “Drong the Hard” in the 5th Edition Grudge of Drong campaign alongside a “proper” Oldhammer Imperial Dwarf from the late 80s’.

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

Both Dwarves have been painted in the blue with yellow trim scheme that I’ve used for my Warhammer Dwarf Clan’s livery since the late 1980’s. They’ve been given more modern shields to help tie them in with Queen Helga, who was also featured in the Grudge of Drong campaign.

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

Banner this time is simple paper, painted with PVA for durability, and, obviously, paint. The Hammer & Anvil device is copied from a series of shields found on older Dwarves (initially the Marauder line). The runes are taken from one of the many GW publications that features a phonetic translation from runes to sounds made via the Roman alphabet. I’ll leave it to anyone who is particularly interested to work it out.

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

Both the runes and Hammer & Anvil device are freehand jobs, which is why they’re not as perfect as the devices on the Viking banners I completed recently. On a model this big, though – they work well enough for me!

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

I haven’t actually read the Grudge of Drong scenario, and aren’t too bothered about it, so I decided to paint Drong as a bit of a world-weary but still dangerous Warrior-General. (or Warrior-King. Whatever he is). Either way, I wouldn’t want to be in the way of that hammer!

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988), Queen Helga Longplaits

For the final pic, I decided to pose the two of them alongside Helga, as the two heroes obviously fit alongside one another, and the Standard is painted to be one of their supporting players.