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.

RPE Bob Olley’s Ogres: 02.147b Heavy Assault Axe, 02.148b Warrior Great Sword

RPE Bob Olley's Ogres: 02.147b Heavy Assault Axe, 02.148b Warrior Great Sword

It’s been awhile since I painted any Ogres, and so while looking for something else I found my little stash of RPE models a couple of weeks ago, and what with this month being home to the Monster MAYhem challenge, I thought “why not?” and pulled out the Heavy Assault Axe model, since with all that armour he looked like he’d paint up nice and quickly. Turns out – I was right, and he did. So shortly after completion a week or two ago, I went back to the well and grabbed out another one that also looked like he’d paint up quickly and without any trouble.

RPE Bob Olley's Ogres: 02.147b Heavy Assault Axe, 02.148b Warrior Great Sword

His mate also painted up quickly and easily, and I have to say this pair of models was one of the easiest pair I’ve worked on in some time. Detailed, but not over-detailed, and just nice. Ironic in a sense, as I usually can’t stand Bob Olley’s sculpts – but his Ogres, and his Ogryn – I love. Funny, that.

They’re not huge ogres by modern terms. They really fit in best with the earlier Citadel line – the C23 and earlier models – so these are much closer to 28 or even 25mm scale rather than the current heroic 32-36mm models put out by Games Workshop. I mounted the pair of them on 40mm round bases, and they’re probably not much taller than a Stormcast (I really need to paint a Stormcast model, if only for scale shots!) There are a couple more of these I’d like to pick up, though I do have several more of these in my stash. Since I’m not really actively working on my Ogre army, it’ll probably be awhile before I get to doing more of these as I have a whole pile of Ogre-sized models in the queue (on bases, and with primer and stuff) and this Monster-themed month is about to expire – and once that’s done I’ll need to refocus much more on my painting tasks at hand – Zombicide, Journeys in Middle-Earth, and Flames of War….