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.

Wood Elf Waywatcher (Gary Morley, 2007) #Fembruary 2022

Citadel Wood Elf Waywatcher (Gary Morley, 2007)

My last Fembruary model today (though not quite my last February model to share) – a Wood Elf Waywatcher, released alongside the Warhammer Armies: Wood Elf sourcebook in 2007. A Gary Morley sculpt, the technique is competent, but the sculpt itself is a bit of an overdetailed but indistinct mess – full of “wait.. what is THAT supposed to be?”-type details, which frankly make the model notsomuch fun to paint. As you can see, it’s a complete mess of “visual noise” up close, but given the four-foot test, it looks fine. So I’ll call that a “good enough” win.

Citadel Wood Elf Waywatcher (Gary Morley, 2007)

Just one Waywatcher, you ask? Yep. This one was a model selected to represent Marouda’s Elven archer in a long-gone, lightweight but decent fun but, low-effort, kill-and-loot pathfinder “campaign”. We didn’t get all that far, and the “long-gone part is probably the biggest reason why the model never got completed – and Fembruary is the reason that it now finally did get completed. I’ve got a few more of these somewhere, but they’re not likely to see the painting desk until we get back into the swing of something like Kings of War or AoS again. I’d like to do so this year, but there’s a lot of cleaning and clearing and culling to do first…