As is the tradition of this humble web log the next post following a book review should, in some small way, be representative of the story highlighted. With the collective tales of Solomon Kane safely shelved in the library at Awdry Towers, I can finally share this motley crew with you. As the 'Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' was drawing to an end, I had a convoluted idea of producing a vignette for the 'Anti-Hero' bonus round based on the Solomon Kane story, 'The Moon of Skulls'. One of Robert E. Howard's longest stories*, 'The Moon of Skulls' sees our hero infiltrate a lost city in Africa ruled over by by the she fiend, Nekari of the Negari in a bid to rescue a kidnapped girl.
*almost a short novel!
I had hoped to depict the final, climatic scene as Kane races against time to save the girl before she is offered to the Gods of the Negari in sacrifice. In the end it wasn't Kane that ran out of time, but myself and the idea got shelved in favour of a single miniature. That said, I was desperate to get the miniatures earmarked for the vignette painted.
I had spent quite a bit of time tracking down a suitable candidate for Solomon Kane and was delighted when I happened upon this chap from 'Black Army Productions'. The only thing is that he is rather shy young man and the angle of the head, sculpted as it is, hides lots of the lovely details. Still a minor detail and there is a sense of intense brooding that befits the character from the stories.
The other two characters are from 'North Star Military Figures', the chap with the feathered headdress being part of the cannibal war chiefs pack. A couple of skulls added to Nekari's base, seem wholly appropriate and I deliberately tried to link the two together with the use of orange, a singly bright colour in comparison to Kane's dour, Puritanical look.