More knights & men at arms

These are all Heritage models. Sort of. Left to right, the first guy is from the “Chivalry” line, produced under the brand name Custom Cast, while the rest are from Heritage’s Knights & Magick line. But the the first three were all cast more recently by Classic Miniatures, which is strenuously trying to reproduce all of Heritage’s lines, in so far as masters can be found to create new molds. The website is still down but you can find them on Ye Booke of Faces. I especially like that Classic Miniatures is bothering to actually get secure the rights/licences required to recast. I understand a certain Italian company that bought out Grenadier’s molds is not respecting the fact that some lines belong to their original sculptors and have been ignoring cease & desist letters for years. 😦

ANYWAY the guy in the center with a greatsword is really nicely done. The plume or favor attached to his helmet supports the blade of his sword, so I think he’d have survived from the old days even if he weren’t a more recent casting.

The last two, on the far right, are men-at-arms. I really need to do better with shields. For nor I just try respect the convention that metals (white, yellow) and colors (the remaining possible colors) must always be separated. (You shouldn’t have blue on red, say, or white on yellow, but always color of metal or metal on color). I actually do have a few books on heraldry I should consult for better designs.

The guy with the axe was an early favorite of mine, but the original casting my brother got ages ago broke. This recast makes it pretty clear why — the axe head is kind of badly sculpted, and slightly crooked, so you’d be tempted to bend it straight, but the point of connection is rather thin and it would break. I’ll leave this one a little crooked. Here’s the old one, with a replacement axe, I posted a while ago, next to another man-at-arms:

 

The next two are somewhat more recent. On the left, a plastic officer from the Zvedza “Ring of Rule” line (a short-lived fantasy venture by a company that mostly does soft plastic 1/72 historicals). The Ring of Rule sounds like a Tolkien rip-off, but actually referred a circle of wizards in the background materials for the wargame. The setting had Orku, orcs that are seven or eight feet tall in minis scale; a Cursed Legion of undead Imeprial Roman types; a late medieval human kingdom this guy was from; and elves that had some bitching hippogriffin cavalry. So somewhat Tolkien, but probably more of a Warhammer ripoff.

Anyway he’s just a little big for 25mm but not the “heroic” 28 to 32 mm scale you see today. I think Zvedza made these in the early 2000s, when 28mm+ was already de rigeour which is maybe why they didn’t do so well. The last guy, I’m thinking, is a Julie Guthrie “Personalities” figure from Grenadier, or possibly something she did for Ral Partha? He has an extra active pose, though, which I don’t usually see in her work, so maybe I’m wrong about. <Update: two minutes after posting this, I checked Partha’s site and yes, he was Ral Partha, paladin with sword and shield. He’s now “DF-159” but I’m not sure what range would have been originally, or who the sculptor is.>

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Published in: on September 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Comments (7)  
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Plastic surgery disasters III

As promised here are my flagellants. The Warhammer version of these are loosely based on the real flagellants of history, who make an appearance in my book. The real flagellants were fanatics who thought the Black Death was punishment for the world’s sins, and that people needed to be baptized in their own blood to wash away these sins. If you happened to meet some on the road, they might try to force you to join them, or beat you to death trying. But at other times they simply demonstrated their rites and were applauded by locals. At times they also went on pogroms against Jews and massacred them. The temporal authorities were understandably annoyed with them disrupting trade and travel and bands of knights would sometimes go patrolling to find and kill bands of flagellants, but this was unusual. Eventually the Church condemned them as heretics and many were burned at the stake. In Warhammer, they appeared as special Empire troops that are fearless and subject to frenzy like Norse berserkers, fanatically seeking out the taint of Chaos.

The GW box only had 10 bodies, but lots of extra heads, arms, and accouterments. So naturally I wanted to create some extras.

First, here are the figures I assembled with the bodies in the box.

These guys are really extreme, compared to the original lead flagellants made for Warhammer back in the day. I couldn’t readily find any images, but they were just unkempt monks with flails, whips, and clubs. These newer versions use massive flail weapons (some of which I scaled back, like the second guy in the bottom row, whose weapon originally included a flail head in addition to the bell). I like their scourges, but the real standouts are the guys with flaming hair and the pilloried guy.

Anyway with the extra bits I modified a few Lionheart peasants:

And also a few Zvedza soldiers. The guy with the back banner in particular was modeled on Lancelot at the end of the movie Excalibur. The others are presumably also knights who have lost their minds.

I’m really looking forward to painting these at some point.

Published in: on June 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Plastic surgery disasters II

Here are few more works in progress.

First, a pair of leg swaps — the marauder on the left also has some additional conversion to change the position of his arms, which normally attach pretty close to the body, and I used one of the standard-bearer arms to give him a spear. His shield is an old Citadel chaos shield but I didn’t think to take a head-on shot. The angle of the photo makes his new legs look even shorter, relative to him, than they are. Maybe he’s part gorilla. The guy on the right has a nice pose IMO even if he seems a little long-legged.

For the next guy I used one of the elaborate shoulder pads included in the marauder kit as a skull mask. His head underneath is from the cultist set, as they are slightly smaller than the bare-headed option in the marauder box.

The Frostgrave cultists box is really a kitbasher’s dream, with a ton of extra heads and arms (though I wish there was more variety to the bodies). Anyway, one option in the box is to convert about half of the figures into zombies or skeletons. I gave this guy a zombie head and arms and he’d make a nice ghoul or wight. I’m tempted to give at least one thug a withered undead arm too.

The last one also more ambitious. I wanted to make an inquisitor or executioner with a sword, and the armored body from a Zvedza soldier gets a cultist head, a scroll from the flagellants box, and a sword made from a pin and a toothpick.

Published in: on June 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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