Thursday, 12 July 2018

And stretch!

Now although there are no immediate plans to create interiors for my Witchfinder world, these resin accessories from ‘Dark Art Studios’ proved just too difficult to resist.  The iconic Iron Maiden is a solid one piece casting and was a relatively quick paint job.  Interestingly there is some debate as to whether the Iron Maiden was really used.  That it might actually be an 18th Century invention to reinforce the cruelty of the middle ages in literature and museums.
The rack, by comparison, was very much a real entity and its simplicity in design very much in its favour.  To be broken on the rack would be to suffer the most excruciating pain as your body, having been shackled by your wrists and ankles, was literally stretched.  Joints would be dislocated and muscle and sinew torn from the bone.  The pain inflicted could be accurately measured, but anyone who spent any length of time on the device would be disfigured for life, if indeed they survived!
The 'Dark Art Studios' version would certainly be capable of inflicting great pain, but I am happy to report that it wasn’t too onerous to assemble and paint. A really nicely sculpted set, that took paint well, my difficulty now is that I am starting to think that I need a torture chamber or dungeon in order to house them!



43 comments:

  1. Corking additions, Michael. They’ll make excellent objectives or scenery for one of your Witchfindfer games. Lovely work on the Iron Maiden in particular :-)

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    1. Thank you Simon, both great to work on and I enjoyed the weathering process on the Iron Maiden.

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  2. Great additions Michael, and excellently painted, interesting debate on the Iron Maiden, i think a torture chamber to house the pieces is a must ! But only if you want to

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    1. Thank you Dave, it is certainly on my 'to do' list, but it is a very long list! :)

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  3. I think you need a gibbet as well. Or one of those cages with a skellingtun in it.

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    1. Now funny you should mention a Gibbet, I am working on one of those too.

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  4. The Rack makes me cringe! Your punishment series is bloody good!

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    1. Thank you Clint, sorry about the nightmares.

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  5. I am more about the word "relax" which I have come to associate with the word "stretch" from doing one to many exercise classes. I suspect one of your fellow gamers is about to suffer?

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    1. Not too much relaxation going on in the Witchfinder world at the moment! ;)

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  6. Of course you need a dungeon to house all these devices. In fact, I'm certain that you must already be working on one so stop teasing us ;)

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    1. Sadly no dungeon just at the moment, but I am working on an evil lackey to operate the devises!

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  7. Even without interiros in your games, these items would makea great backdrop for photographing your figures.

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    1. That's a great idea Joe, thank you.

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  8. Superb...and may be useful!

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  9. Once again, these look absolutely fabulous. Great additions to your (though a bit morbid) collection.

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    1. Thank you, but a couple more equally morbid pieces to come.

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  10. Two smashing additions Michael, superbly painted as always, the Iron maiden though for some reason immediately struck me as a perfect "Tardis" for the "Master".

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you Roger and now there is an idea! :)

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  11. If I saw an iron maiden, I´d run to the hills, run for my life.....Riding through dustclouds and barren wastes, Galloping hard on the plains.
    The iron maiden..one of those "oooh missus, it don´t arf look scarey" devices that wasn´t used or in fact, real..but an misinterpretation of the Schandmantel ;-)
    Of Course a rack, another one I´ll have to recreate in 1/72nd....your Posts are making my "to do" list even longer than it was....more please :-)

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    1. Wonderful, I am now looking at Iron Maiden songs for a suitable reply, but feeling a little out of my depth, it's like being 'a stranger in a strange land'. ;)

      Can't wait to see your 1/72 dungeon. :D

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  12. Love the Iron Maiden model, you just need a modern character with an Iron Maiden T-shirt to complete it! More lovely additions to your collection.

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    1. That will have to be a must for a Zombicide character. :)

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  13. I do worry that you maybe enjoying this series more than is wholesome, and certainly your acolytes are having a good time. :)
    Excellent painting and interesting background on the devices. Keep it coming I'm enjoying it as much as anyone.
    Cheers

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    1. I have to confess that this is proving rather more fun that I imagined. ;)

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  14. Ah, the Iron Maiden! Looking great once again.

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  15. Oh what fun! Excellent work!

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  16. Great additions to your collection. If you have a torture chamber you will need suitable personnel for it. Sounds a grusomely interesting side project...

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thank you and hoping to have an evil lackey ready for the next post.

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  17. Excellent stuff Michael, and even if it's not for gaming purposes, a "dungeon" of some description to act as a diorama display for these models is a MUST! :-)

    BTW, there's a 28mm mini in the old "HeroeQuest" game that looks just like "Eddie" ;-) I'll put a photo of it on my blog for you over the weekend ;-)

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  18. Apologies Michael for misding commenting on a few of your recent posts - real life has bern impinging on my free time of late. Very nice work on all your 'corrective measures' - I especially like the patina on the iron maiden. It really makes it look 'real'.

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  19. Every time I see an Iron Maiden I immediately think of Bill and Ted :-)

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  20. Brilliant stuff Michael! That rack looks to be the perfect addition for my Princess Bride figures, thanks for the link :)

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  21. Awesome additions, Michael. Yes, these are must-haves for any respectable torture chamber. :)

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  22. Looks awesome ... and I know this isn't related at all but it would be cool if you could find an Eddie (i.e. the heavy metal band mascot) miniature and pose him next to these instruments, in an alternate vignette.

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