Sunday, 1 June 2014

Stickler Mitchell & Megan



Every faction needs a hero and the Witchfinders have Stickler Mitchell.  A powerful man well versed in the arts of war, both temporal and spiritual.  Ably assisted by his young apprentice, Megan, the duo present a formidable presence on the battlefield and will surely have the forces of evil thinking twice about showing their hand too early.


 I picked these up from ‘Warlord Games’ as a Halloween special before foolishly realising that they were originally produced as the first miniatures directly linked to ‘Dashing Dice’ games; if I’d realised sooner I would have obviously wanted to support them directly.


Great sculpts both with the young Megan miniature including a pistol and a repeater crossbow as optional weapon choices.  Both came with a Slotta base included, but I have taken to basing on washers or MDF discs and so a little bit of drilling and pinning was required - I just have a mental block with basing skirmish miniatures on square bases.


Once again my painting was wholly unimaginative with inspiration for Stickler Mitchell taken from the ‘Dashing Dice’ website.  Painting Megan, however did see me dig out a copy of the woeful, ‘Hansel & Gretel – Witch Hunters’  and after closer scrutiny of the talented Miss Arterton’s costume a suitable palette was decided upon. I’m a little disappointed with my painting on Megan’s face, I just find the shading so much harder when it comes to fairer complexions and more delicate features.

When there is something strange, in your neighbourhood...



71 comments:

  1. Two very fine Witchfinder General type figures. You can really imagine them in a Van Helsing type film. Bring on the undead!

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    1. Thank you Clint, the undead are on the table!

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  2. ... who you're gonna call?
    very good job as usual!
    bye

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  3. Fantastic job Michael
    That fig would make a good Solomon Kane too

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    1. Now I was thinking something similar myself and hopefully have a miniature from Black Cat Bases that will do the job.

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  4. Wonderful work there Michael!

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  5. They look fantastic Michael I love the Megan figure will have to check her out! I do struggle with womens face for some reason. I think less is more in some cases.

    I really don't like figures on square bases not single figures anyway. The only figures I own on square bases are my mantic zombies. I really couldn't face chopping off 30 figures off of there bases was worth it especially only for fodder.

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    1. Thank you Simon, I'm happy to use rectangular bases for cavalry and artillery but they jut don't work for me on infantry.

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  6. Great stuff Michael its high time my Zombie War stuff got an airing.
    So many games so little time :-(
    Cheers
    Stuart

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    1. Thank you Stuart, I think it would be fair to say that your Elizabethan zombie games were part of the reason that I've fallen for Witchfinder.

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  7. Very nice dude, very nice indeed.
    Round bases are the only kind.
    Any zombies in Witchfinder?

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    1. Thank you Bob, the game has all sorts of evil monsters but the closest to zombies are the Noctelingers, which in essence are ghouls. I have some on the table at the moment.

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  8. 2000 AD comic runs a story penned by Pat Mills called 'Defoe' which follows the exploits of Leveller turned zombie hunter, Titus Defoe. Could provide inspiration for...?

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    1. Thank you Monty, not heard of Defoe before, but will certainly go and check it out.

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  9. Superb painting on the figures, the eyes on the chap really stand out.

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  10. Two very nice miniatures Michael. Megan looks particularly kickass.

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    1. She is certainly not a lady to be trifled with - or any other dessert for that matter! ;)

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  11. Superb work Michael, particularly on the black it can be a right bugger to get right but you have nailed it.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Smillie, good old P3 Coal Black to the rescue.

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  12. Very very nice, Michael! I really like these miniatures! Great job as always!
    Panagiotis.

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    1. Thank you so much Panagiotis, they were great fun to work on.

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  13. Fabulous! You do have a way with the ladies, Michael. Megan is simply bewitching!

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    1. Thank you Monty, but don't you let the Saintly Mrs Awdry hear you say that! ;)

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  14. Excellent work, Mr Awdry! I do like that vignette with the balefire coruscating about the rooftops - clearly, there is mischief afoot!

    Although 'Stickler' is hardly a suitable name for a Witchfinder, and I am surprised that Warlord Games went with it rather than, say, the Puritan zeal of "Smite-Sin", "Fear-God", "Fight-the-good-fight-of-faith", or even the wonderful "Fly-Fornication"!

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    1. Mischief indeed! You're right a funny name, not sure where it came from if I'm honest - I rather prefer some of yours.

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    2. All historically attested, and all borne stoically by the children of terminally miserable Puritans!

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  15. Well done sir. I like the effect on Megan too!
    Cheers, PD

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  16. Wonderful brushwork on these, Michael. I agree about round bases looking better fro skirmish games. Nice closing too!

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    1. Thank you Dean, things just seem to sit more comfortably on a round base.

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  17. Lovely work Michael especially Megan, I liked Hansel and Gretel the movie!

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    1. Thank you Francis, I have to confess I did to although the Saintly Mrs. Awdry was as taken as I was with it!

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  18. Well done on these guys! Great looking sculpts too

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    1. Thank you Sir, cracking sculpts, a real joy to paint.

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  19. Arghhhh ... now the Ghostbusters theme is in my head and won't leave. :P
    Really nice work on Megan and a fantastic job getting the eyes on both minis painted. ^_^

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    1. I am so sorry! Thank you for the kind words nonetheless.

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  20. Great work Michael , i love toot the image final , great .
    Cheers .

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  21. Nothing to be disappointed about here, great painting - a right SIW that Megan is with her repeater crossbow, ouch.

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    1. That is incredibly kind of you, thank you.

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  22. Great work! Delicate features are very difficult but she came out well. I can't wait for the heroes of evil!

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    1. Thank you! Heroes of evil are most definitely on their way!

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  23. Wonderful paintjob, Sir Michael. Excellent!

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  24. Eye poppingly good mate. Just beautiful!

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  25. Nice modeling. And another exciting special effect.

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    1. Thank you, I take my inspiration from your own creative mind.

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  26. Great work, Michael. Those two look set to dispatch whatever Godless abominations come their way.

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    1. That is very kind of you, but they could have their hands full with what is currently on the paint table!

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  27. Looking forward to flexing some witchfinder rules soon!

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  28. They are wonderful Michael and full of character. I think I am going to have to invest in these figures myself

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    1. Thank you Pete, temptation is a wicked thing! ;)

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  29. A great pair of figures, that compliment each other well.

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    1. Thank you, now on to the forces of evil.

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  30. Who you gonna call? Lovely work there.

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    1. Thank you! More to come soon - I hope!

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  31. Hola
    GUAUUUU que buenas las dos minis,me gustan
    un saludo

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    1. That is really kind of you J.D. thank you.

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  32. Excellent work Michael. If your looking for more inspiration, check out the old movie starring Vincent Price 'Witchfinder Gereral'
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98gzk6VSzfU

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    1. Thank you Terry, funnily enough I watched that just the other day. Not sure that it has stood the test of time, but some great visual inspiration.

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  33. Fantastic work on these two Michael!

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  34. Great job and another fascinating period to embark into!

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