Monday, 1 April 2019

Guinny & the Grail Seekers

It seems incredulous to believe that these were entered as part of the 'VIII Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge', particularly as with have just finished the IX Challenge last month!  Still as part of my drive to catch up with the backlog of posts, I am happy to present these here as my submission to the then ‘Musician’ bonus round.
I have to confess that this round had me stumped for a while and I was initially thinking along the lines of tartan clad pipers or drummers in bearskins, but fortunately I happened upon these minstrels and my direction was made clear.  The Medieval Mayhem range by ‘Studio Miniatures’ really are a joy to paint, beautifully sculpted and requiring very little in the way of preparation.  The likenesses are clearly inspired from the celluloid exploits of the Monty Python team and it was very hard, nigh impossible, not to hum the tune to, ‘Brave Sir Robin’!
Of course every band needs a front man, or in this case a front woman; I present the Queen Guinevere.  I had a little accident with her crown and so resorted to filing it down so that it was even, but I feel that her regalness is still preserved. 
Finally, then the Forest Knights, fabulous fun and based so that collectively they look like they are standing in a shrubbery.  I’m not sure how they fit into the band, monosyllabic backing singers perhaps?  So allow me to present Guinny & the Grail Seekers, my submission for the long past Musician bonus round.
Of course every band needs their breakthrough album and so how about some track listings?  Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments below, but to get us started how about the following?

Please Release Me (Tall Tower remix)

I Ni Ni Need you Tonight

Knights in Prestatyn

… and just because I couldn’t resist, I have taken a couple of shots with the various characters reunited with some of the Knights from the previous year.


Bravely bold Sir Robin
Rode forth from Camelot.
He was not afraid to die,
Oh brave Sir Robin.
He was not at all afraid
To be killed in nasty ways.
Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin.


He was not in the least bit scared
To be mashed into a pulp.
Or to have his eyes gouged out,
And his elbows broken.
To have his kneecaps split
And his body burned away,
And his limbs all hacked and mangled
Brave Sir Robin.


His head smashed in
And his heart cut out
And his liver removed
And his bowls unplugged
And his nostrils raped
And his bottom burnt off
And his penis
"That's, that's enough music for now lads, there's dirty work afoot."
Brave Sir Robin ran away.
("No!")
Bravely ran away away.
("I didn't!")


When danger reared it's ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.
("I never!")
Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about
And gallantly he chickened out.
("You're lying!")
Swiftly taking to his feet,
He beat a very brave retreat.
Bravest of the brave, Sir Robin!

52 comments:

  1. What happened to Sir Robins penis?

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    1. He doesn't like to talk about it Fran. :D

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    2. Whyam I not surprised about that?

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  2. Fantastic work Michael, the forest knights could be the accapella backing group

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  3. They look amazing!! Great to see you blogging again

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    1. Thank you, there comes a point when you just need to remember what makes you happy and do more of it! ;)

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  4. Brilliant stuff, hope you are back for good again.

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    1. Thank you Mike, hoping to get back into the swing of it over the break, fingers crossed.

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  5. Wonderful interpretation of the theme and super figures.

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    1. Thank you so much Joe, I had a lot of fun setting up the last photographs.

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  6. Very nice. I see you have turned professional figure painter!

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    1. I don't think I'm there yet Jay, but thank you.

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  7. That's brilliant Michael 😃

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  8. It is so rare to see a little poetry in our creations ...Well done Maestro, I lift my hat!👌👌👌

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  9. Beautiful work with the greens. Just lovely.

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    1. Thank you, it was quite a limited palette in the end.

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  10. What about "oh what a Knight". Suitable for all year around as it´s by the 4 Seasons. Or..after she´s seen the Knight who loses all his limbs.."Oh, what a Knight" by the dells.
    The look great, why can´t they be made in 1/72nd!!!

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    1. Oh very good Paul, I knew you wouldn't let me down.

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  11. I see the scenes before my eyes.
    Fantastic work! I'm expecting another post on Caerbannog :)

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    1. Thank you, Caernbannog is already done. 😄

      http://28mmvictorianwarfare.blogspot.com/2017/01/one-two-five.html

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  12. Awesome as they were last year mate! ;-)

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    1. Ha! I wonder how long it will take me to post this year's efforts? 😂

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  13. That is some beautiful work Micheal!

    Christopher

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  14. Another fine submission Michael! Luckily these are the 'before' Robin's minstrels were eaten!

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    1. Thank you Terry, very tempted to do an alternate version now!

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  15. Excellent work, Michael! But no Grail-shaped beacon?

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  16. Lovely finish, Guinevere is splendid!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you Iain, she was a bit of a worry so delighted at how she finally came out.

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  17. I remember these very fondly. Beautiful work as usual, Michael.

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    1. Thank you Curt, pleased to get them on the Blog at last. I quite fancy using them in a Zombicide scenario.

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  18. Ha ha! That's great work!
    Excellent work sir!

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  19. Lovely blog. Thanks for sharing with us.This is so useful.

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  20. Those are fantastic Michael, Guinevere reminds me of the princess for "Enchanted" (Don't know her name, though I should as it's my wife's favourite film!)

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you Roger, now I can't help you with Enchanted, but will have to now go and Google it. ;)

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  22. Love the post, both out of nostalgia and the fact you presented your newest work so well. Not sure if you're going to use them in a game or if they were just for fun, but this is fantastic work Michael!

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  23. Great report, great figures, stunning paintwork. Love it a big bunch.Keep up the good work Michael

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