Progress on playing my first 'Witchfinder General' scenario has taken a bit of a hit of late with a lack of space been cited as the issue. Space has always been an issue here at 'Awdry Towers' and recent events have meant that yours truly has been faced with packing away all, but the very things that are currently on the painting table in order to accommodate the wishes of the lady of the house. I should stress that this is by mutual consent, it is simply an inconvenience that, coupled with an increase in workload from the day job, has put paid to any large scale plans that I may have had for the immediate future.
It was inevitable, then that I was going to be distracted by something a bit different and these burly Scotsmen were just what was required to lighten the mood. Both are from the 'Warlord Games' Highlander Arrant Scum pack and caught my eye at Salute earlier this year. I love the idea that they might be 'muscle for hire' lured down from the Highlands with the promise of drink to bolster the ranks of the Clubmen. Yes, they were fiddly and yes there was an awful lot of flash to clean up, but they are such wonderfully characterful sculpts that all was forgiven when I started to paint them.
As the Scotts neared completion, I remembered that I had also picked up a couple of suitable companions from 'Hasslefree Miniatures' at the same time and decided to give them a lick of paint too. By comparison they 'Bar Wench' and 'Village Idiot' hardly needed to be shown a file and they were ready for some paint, although looking at these photographs, I see that the young lady has been liberally applying the face powder again!
Ultimately all very satisfying to paint, but I am having to use every ounce of restraint that I possess to stop myself from building a tavern for them all - the 'Slaughtered Lamb' springs to mind!
That is a motley crew is it not. I like the range of palettes you chose and that tartan is splendid.ReplyDelete
Thank you Anne, I quite enjoy painting tartan, but not sure I could cope with a whole unit of Highlanders though.Delete
I have also painted Tartan today! I do like the village idiot it reminds me of someone I know (No not in the Mirror). Excellent work as always.ReplyDelete
Thank you Clint, I enjoy a tartan but in small measures you understand.Delete
I like how you've done the tartan (and I've saved images to my reference file), and that bar wench's cup's certainly floweth over :)ReplyDelete
Pendragon Without's blog has a nice RPG bar room floor plan that I just might have to have a go at copying for a bit of fun. These miniatures, you've highlighted, just might fit the bill as characters for a bar room brawl game.
Thank you Roy, where am I looking for the RPG bar room?Delete
Fantastic looking 'supporting' cast. They will certainly add character and atmosphere to the tabletop. Building a 'Slaughtered Lamb' pub sounds like a challenge you'll have to accept.ReplyDelete
Thnak you Matt, I think it is only a matter or time before I cave in.Delete
Lack of space is always a problem! Your Scotsmen are amazing! Especially the one with the naked belly and the splendid denture! He is my favourite!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much and he is certainly my favourite too.Delete
Fantastic looking bunch indeed! You can never have too many patrons of fine beverages causing havoc at the local tavern. It would certainly make a nice scenario piece :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, I certainly love the idea of them smashing up the pub whilst the real battle rages outside.Delete
What a wonderful set of figures Michael! Lovely work on the tartans too!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Rodger.Delete
More stunning looking models..... great workReplyDelete
Thank you, that is very kind of you to say so.Delete
What a superb group, they seem so natural togetherReplyDelete
Thank you, they just seemed to work well together.Delete
Fantastic matey. Inspiring stuff. They have real character as well. Great job!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, they were certainly a blast to paint.Delete
Sorry to hear about your space issues, it's at a premium here at the bunker too. Great bunch of figures, the tartan is superb. The"Slaughtered Lamb" sounds like a wonderful establishment to frequent and imbibe the local draught, I'm sure it has a "lively" atmosphere and clientele as well.ReplyDelete
Thank you Bob, I think it is always wise to give a little in order to keep all happy!Delete
Very nice and easy to see why they were a pleasure to paint. How you manage to get a game in somehow sirReplyDelete
Thank you, I'm sure we'll sort out the space issue eventually.Delete
Wonderful highlanders they are just the thing to combat Puritanical abstinence.ReplyDelete
Fantastic brushwork on all of these; but the tartans are particularly excellent!ReplyDelete
Thank you Dean, I must admit that I enjoyed the challenge.Delete
I guess I cant say it enough Michael...your work is 1st classReplyDelete
That is incredibly kind of you thank you Captain.Delete
Great work ! Compliments Michael .ReplyDelete
Thank you Vincent.Delete
Nice work Michael. The tartan is superb.ReplyDelete
Thank you Mark, it was certainly a challenge.Delete
A lovely bunch of reprobates Michael, the idiot looks like Ray!ReplyDelete
Now funny you should mention that, I had thought the same, but did you notice that the big Scot had ginger hair? ;)Delete
"There's ouisge in the jars"ReplyDelete
Lovely bunch of figures Michael :)
Thank you Tamsin, cheers!Delete
Fantastic work on the tartan Michael. Also seeing them reminds me of one of Wellington's famous quotesReplyDelete
'The Scum of the Earth Enlisted for Drink'
Here is hoping that Warlord Games figures out how to get rid of more of the flash, as they do produce some wonderful figures.
Thank you Terry, they do make a lovely sculpt and have some great ideas though.Delete
Great stuff again!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much.Delete
Fantastic stuff Michael!ReplyDelete
I need one of those barmaids for the Bar in my Blood Bowl stadium!
She would be perfect for that Paul and thank you.Delete
But never mind lad, fill a tot, fill a tot!ReplyDelete
Wonderful (once again) work there Michael. It is as you say on your blog header, there's not a thing like ''enough wine''. :)
Thank you Thanos, I think there will never be enough ale for these chaps!Delete
Characterful figs and an excellent job in bringing them up to tabletop standard; it's a real bugger when your new fig is surrounded by a halo of flash, I can sympathise completely.ReplyDelete
You really should go with that tavern idea - you know you want to!
Thank you Evan, I think the slaughtered lamb might have to happen at some time, but I have to negotiate a table first!Delete
very good job as usual!ReplyDelete
they are very peculiar and funny!
Thank you Luca, they certainly caught my eye.Delete
Fantastic that is some wonderful tartan. I will have to send you my Big Tam figure to paint up his kilt!ReplyDelete
Thank you Simon and more than happy to help if I can.Delete
They do look great Michael!ReplyDelete
Thank you Christopher, they were a blast to work on, not sure about the bar wench's face though - I seem ti have completely overcooked that.Delete
Lovey work Michael. That barmaid looks a bit grim, though I imagine it cant be an easy life putting up with drunken Scotsmen! ;-)ReplyDelete
Thank you Scott and you are right about the barmaid, I just seem to have overworked it a bit too much.Delete
Not at all! Not all barmaid are pretty! ;-)Delete
Ridiculously well painted.ReplyDelete
That is incredibly kind of yo, thank you.Delete
Wow! What a nice bunch of characters! The photo shot from a branch on the tree is clever. Nice work, sir.ReplyDelete
Thank you Jay, I'm sure I saw someone do something similar once where there framed their miniatures with trees and the like and I thought then that I must use that myself.Delete
Wonderful work as usual mate. Hurry up and play a game so we can see all your new toys in action!ReplyDelete
Thanks Millsy, I'm afraid the game is on hold due to the packing say!Delete
Wonderful paintjob, Michael.ReplyDelete
As characterful as the sculpts are as profound is your work on them.
Thank you so much Stefan.Delete
You have certainly passed the tartan test Michael, superb painting.ReplyDelete
Excellent work Michael, beautiful paintjob and pictures...Another beer, please!ReplyDelete