Tuesday, 21 February 2017

'West' Bonus Round

Once again a single word, ‘West’ meant that the interpretation was very open ended and resulted in a considerable amount of head scratching.  Ironically, as still unsure as to which direction I was headed, I initially started preparing a Batman miniature as portrayed by Adam West in the 1960s television series, but as with a great many of the ‘Knight Models’ it required a fair bit of pinning and assembling and I soon abandoned it and went in search of a new idea.

Now I had hoped to showcase the rather splendid Hasslefree Miniatures 'not' representations of Ragnor Lothbrok and his beautiful wife Largertha the Shield Maiden from the thoroughly entertaining ‘Vikings’ aired by the History Channel and available through ‘Amazon Prime.  Sadly this entry, a little like Ragnor and his men, has been blown off course.  The idea was that the North Men had set sail for the west, landing at Lindisfarne and raiding the priory there, thereby securing great wealth and fame in the process.  Unfortunately my submission is but a couple of ‘Conquest Miniatures’ Monks to set the scene, I cannot even claim any points for the Celtic Cross from ‘Ainsty Castings’ as this was already completed before the Challenge had begun. 

Whilst I may have struggled in realising my intentions there have been a good many wonderful entries by my fellow Challengers and would encourage you to go and have a look and cast a vote for your favourites here.


44 comments:

  1. Still a very noble attempt that, as ever, puts others to shame. Great job, although, I am excited to see what you do with Ragnar.

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    1. Thank you Mike, really hope that I won't just ignore Ragnor, his face and hands are done so hopefully it won't be too much of a chore.

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  2. Lovely monks Michael. They make great targets for those Vikings!

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    1. Thank you Rodger, just need to find some Vikings.

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  3. Nice monks Michael - shame that the full plans didn't come to fruition :)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin. All a bit of a pain, but it was only ever supposed to be a small offering this round - saving myself for the final instalment! ;)

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  4. As I said elsewhere: a very good entry into the theme round!

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    1. Thank you Sander, but not quite what I was hoping for.

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  5. That Celtic Cross is a great piece!

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    1. Thank you Gordon, another splendid piece from Ainsty Castings.

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  6. I wouldn't worry; that's a lovely little set.

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    1. Thank you kind Sir, I still have a couple more somewhere!

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  7. Even at that your submission was great!

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    1. Well that's very kind of you Fran,thank you.

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  9. A pair of very pleasant regular clergy. A very nice cross as well. Figures very usable from Conversion period (dark ages) all the way trough to modern and beyond)

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    1. Thank you Clint and I certainly agree, hoping that these two will feature in a Witchfinder scenario.

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  10. I really like how the cross turned out!

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    1. Thank you Nimrod, it is a great piece from Ainsty Castings.

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  11. Brave fellows. Nice presentation, sir.

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  12. Well just as the great explorers learned, there was always 1 more hill to climb upon reaching the pinnacle of the current one. "Go West young man - has taken on another connotation" Regardless, you are doing well & succeeding in getting your paint to mini tallies!

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    1. Well that's very kind Terry, thank you.

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  13. Still a lovely job Michael, the cross is particularly nicely painted.

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  14. Not a company i'd heard of before, but as I'm looking for a suitable 'meddling monk' figure, I did pay them a visit. And I know someone who'll be very interested in the 'Wolfheads', being a fan of the tv show. Thanks Michael.

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    1. Excellent, nice to get you spending your pocket money as opposed to me spending mine on things I've seen on your blog. :D

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  15. The monks and celtic cross are both excellently painted. Luckily monks dressed as these are will be handy for lots of periods.

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  16. A good idea with your West subject and superbly painted. The Vikings was a great series.

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  17. Even your "failure's" are beautiful Michael.

    Cheers Roger.

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  18. I am very fond of "church-staff" and these monks do the trick.Before christmas I bougth 3 nuns as a gift for myself. :) An extra plus for the paintjob my friend.

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  19. I like the monks, I like the cross. There's no way this can be described as a "failure"!

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  20. Not to take away from this set of minis you painted but I find myself insanely curious as to how the 'not' representations of Ragnor Lothbrok and his beautiful wife Largertha the Shield Maiden look like.

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    1. Hopefully it won't be too long before you see them here.

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  21. Monks can be used in so many genres though from Dark Ages games to Pulp, modern and beyond, so these, whilst not initially planned for the challenge, should prove to be useful for a long time coming.

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