Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Empress Miniatures - Maoris

It seems far too long since the last post, what with the demands of work and the distraction of Lego - 'Pirates of the Caribbean' for the Wii, I have been found in dereliction of my duties with regards to this blog and painting in general.  

These fearsome warriors have been sitting on the paint queue for some time; part of the problem was the trepidation as to colour palettes, fortunately help was at hand in the form of the Osprey's 'Queen Victoria's Enemies 4 (Asia, Australasia and the Americas' but more importantly the work of Roly at 'Dressing the Lines' and Giles at 'Tarleton's Quarter'.

Empress New Zealand Wars Maoris

I've long been a great devotee of Empress Miniatures and this range fits perfectly within the parameters of 28mm Victorian Warfare.  The sculpts, once again by the talented Paul Hicks, are simply sublime with wonderful attention to detail.  Three of these are wielding tewhatewha a wooden war club with a striking edge; the fluttering feather ornaments apparently there to distract the enemy.

When it came to the basing I knew I wanted to represent the iconic silver fern (or bracken as we like to call it here) so associated with New Zealand.  These ones can from 'Hasslefree Miniatures'  and are part of their etched brass range.  All things considered I'm pretty pleased with the results although there have been one or two liberties taken with colours, particularly with the kiwi feather shawl.  Just now need to crack on with the others.

Female Warrior


  1. Lovely work indeed sir. Skin tones are spot on.

    Imagine these fearsome warriors suddenly bursting from the fern, eyes rolling, tongues protruding and yelling their blood-curdling'd barely have to time to blink as their patu sliced through your skull.
    Keep that in mind next time you watch the NZ All Blacks perform the haka.

  2. They're bloody great, great skirmish gaming period.

  3. Kapai! Fantastic work. Your rendition of the tatooes puts mine to shame. I'm very impressed indeed. Roly

  4. These are fantastic. The clubs are great. Like the tatoos on the faces as well.

    Good Job.

    Might consider these for some sort of Pulp game

  5. Very very nice. Love the basing,the ferns look great.

  6. Agreed - very nicely done and the foliage is very evocative.


  7. !!!!!!They ARE good!!! The skin is excellent!!!
    I´m impressed

  8. Wow, thank you all for such wonderful feedback. I have been particularly pleased how they turned out but it has to be said that the sculpting makes the job a damn sight easier.

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  24. Amazing minis, I had never seen them painted! You did a marvellous job, they are lovely! :)

    1. Thank you, I have some more somewhere that I really must dig out and paint up.


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