In India there is a beast called the manticore. It has a triple row of teeth, the face of a man, and grey eyes; it is blood-red in colour and has a lion’s body, a pointed tail with a sting like a scorpion, and a hissing voice. It delights in eating human flesh.
The Folio Society’s English version of the Bodleian Bestiary, p.63
I am off work this week, and my wife is away, so I’ve had plenty of time available to get in touch with my inner artist and geek, finishing off some long-standing projects and starting a couple of new ones. There are loads of images – at least, for me – immediately below the fold, with some context all the way down at the bottom.
At the end of June our D&D campaign, Shin High Terror, drew to a close. Our diminutive anti-heroes found a dimension door in a tent, guarded by evil jesters. Steeltoe the dwarf punched an old peasant woman until her jaw broke, and revealed that his stream of daft decisions were actually part of a scheme to die in combat and meet his god, Tyr. Druantia, wood elf druid and most recent addition to the party, shot the peasant in the head. She turned out to be a bystander. Moleslayer suffered terrible visions of a coming apocalypse so slipped off to try to take on the big bad evil guys, and somehow survived ten rounds before backup arrived. Despite all of this, in the end we foiled the Cult of Sargonas’ plot and saved a corner of the world, freeing DM John to roll up a character and join the party.
Enter DM Mike, with his tale of haunted castles, family secrets and witches covens. Terrible things will happen to us…
I’m definitely not going to start a miniature bestiary (if ‘A’ is for ambull then ‘Z’ is for zombie dragon). I’ve got loads of other things to work on already, deadlines at work (‘Z’ is for zoat), and my final university assignment in a couple of months (‘z’ is for Zygor Snake Arms). But enough idle plans! I’ve painted a Rogue Trader ambull, and that’s all I’ve got for today.
My shameful lead mountain is looking particularly insurmountable right now. On Thursday I received my minis from the first Greenskin Wars Kickstarter (they’re excellent), and on Friday I bought a load of old Citadel Night Horrors via eBay auction. They’re a pretty collectible range, and ‘buy it now’ prices are generally ridiculous – the final auction costs were about 25% of the normal list price, so well worth bidding. Luckily, for the first time in a while I also had no plans this weekend, so I’ve been able to make some small progress with painting and modelling.
Following on from my post in the Month of Marsh, I’ve finally finished a group of six fantasy frog minis. I’ve been working on them on and off since September. A couple of them were a bit frustrating to paint, and there are some rough edges, but overall I’ve achieved the effect I was after.
After a week away for work, I came back just in time for the long Easter weekend and had quite a lot of time for painting. I spent most of that time finishing off my Reaper Bones frogmen and working on Mudcroak the squog shaman, so I hope I’ll be able to post a photo of them all together next week. I also did some quite quick paint jobs on three old Citadel Miniatures – one for Shin High Terror, one for my Sidequest of Chaos, and one just for fun.
April is shaping up to be a really busy month. This weekend my in-laws visited, next weekend an old friend is in town after a couple of years in Iraq, I’ve got a weeding to attend at the end of the month, and right now I’m in a hotel in a rather run down area of Vienna where I’ll be working for the next few days. So, I have made progress on neither drawing nor painting, and I think the next few weeks will be much the same. Still, I managed to squeeze in enough time to finish the details on two old Citadel Miniatures to a standard I’m happy enough with.
The results are in from r/minipainting’s ‘Tint Your Tribe‘ competition. I won in the novice category with my mini ‘Rule Britannia’. Over the past few months I’ve tried get the basics right and push myself to try new techniques. I’ve had some really positive feedback from the community at r/minipainting and the Oldhammer Forum, and it’s an amazing boost to win a competition. And of course, there’s a prize: more minis, contributed by the excellent Westphalia Miniatures, Rain City Hobbies, and CK’s Wood.
Thanks to everyone who organised, participated, sponsored and voted. I’m looking forward to the next competition in June.