Following on from the previous post, I decided that I needed some evil lackey that could inhabit the dungeon, meeting out all manner of cruel and unspeakable acts on the poor unfortunates that crossed his threshold. I knew that I had a ‘Hasslefree Miniatures’, Narg the torturer but on closer inspection he reminded me of a cross between Big Daddy* and Thelonious, Lord Farquaad's right-hand man from Shrek.
*Those of us in the UK that remember World of Sport’s Saturday afternoon wrestling, will appreciate the reference.
Narg is a lovely miniature, but it didn’t feel quite right with the other pieces that I was working on. Instead I went for one of the Executioners set from ‘Fenryll Miniatures’ supplied through 'Figures4Sale', an Ebay seller. This is not a make that I was familiar with and hadn’t realised that they were actually resin until they dropped on the doormat, here at Awdry Towers. I chose the smaller of the two, not least because the larger version was a multi part kit and I just didn’t have the heart to tackle it at the moment.
There were some tiny imperfections that I didn’t notice until I started to apply paint, but on the whole this is a lovely sculpt, with just the right balance of malice and comedy to work on the tabletop. Having decided on my choice of torturer, I looked around at all the other bits and pieces that had been salvaged, but not used at this juncture, and cobbled together a little vignette. Contributors include an executioner’s block from ‘Black Tree Deigns’, rats from ‘Warbases’ and a brazier from ‘Midlem Miniatures’.
I know it's not your main piece but the fire in the brazier looks very convincing.ReplyDelete
You know that you're going to have to build a dungeon to house all these bits and bobs don't you. :)
Thank you, the brazier took a lot of coloured washes on top of some fairly obvious base colours, but I was really pleased with how it turned out.Delete
Great looking torturer Michael, and the little vignette adds loads of character for the sceneReplyDelete
Thank you so much Dave, a spot of self indulgence, but great fun.Delete
Very nice, enjoying this project.ReplyDelete
Thank you Mike, a couple more offerings to go before the end of the month, hopefully.Delete
What a charming man ... who does not deserve to be known...excellent (and reaistic!) job...ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Phil.Delete
Ouch! Looks like he enjoys his work too much! Excellent work Micheal!ReplyDelete
He certainly appears to have a talent for pain!Delete
A self portrait?ReplyDelete
Nom Okay I believe you.
Terrific painting and I am enjoying the whole project!
Thank you Clint, I think! ;) If it were a self portrait, I would need to add a little more green stuff to his tummy. :DDelete
He looks like he means business!ReplyDelete
Certainly a chap that likes to take his work seriously.Delete
He looks sufficiently menacing perfectly fitting for his role. :)ReplyDelete
Very nice work!
Thank you Mr. Nimrod.Delete
Great looking additional pieces for the dungeon, Michael. Narg looks menacing because he seems so focused and dedicated to his work.ReplyDelete
Thank you very much Dean.Delete
An archetypical torturer, if ever there was one; suerb piece and complete with his tools of the trade!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Joe, he certainly seemed to fit the bill.Delete
Nice work Fits the role perfectly. I like all the little bits and bobs you've done to set the scene looks spot on!ReplyDelete
Thank you Simon, the little vignette was a wonderful distraction and great fun to do.Delete
Fantasic work as always Michael!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Michał.Delete
As the end of the school year approaches I think you may have had some difficult students or staff, or bothReplyDelete
The two things are purely coincidental, honest. ;)Delete
He looks just the practical* type of chap for the job, Michael :)ReplyDelete
*"Practicals" are the assistants to the Inquisitors in Joe Abercrombie's "First Law" books - if you haven't read them, you really should
Now they sound interesting Tamsin and just the ticket for the summer holiday, thank you.Delete
More Macabre miniatures for you collection...now why is "Bring Out Your Dead" sounding in my head?ReplyDelete
There is a Pythonesque quality to him, isn't there?Delete
Beautiful work, macabre but beautiful.ReplyDelete
Thank you Roger, the Tamiya Clear Red goy a run out on this one.Delete
Excellent brushwork meastro!ReplyDelete
Thank you my good man.Delete
Great stuff. He reminds me of one of the two from The life of Brian......Oh, don't worry about him, sir. He's ma-- he's m-- he's ma-- he-- he-- he's m-- m-- m-- he's m-- he's m--ReplyDelete
He's mad, sir.
There is definitely a Pythonesque quality to him, which I adore.Delete
Superb work Michael ... on a side note, when I was younger I never understood how someone could do such 'jobs'. It was only later as an adult when I found out that some brains aren't wired for empathy that I 'understood' it.ReplyDelete
Thank you, not a comfortable thought at all.Delete
You know how to set a scene Michael, that looks painfully good.ReplyDelete
Well coming from you Pat, I am not sure there could be a better accolade, thank you.Delete
Fabulous torture set and the torturer is excellentReplyDelete
Thank you Andy.Delete
Great stuff Michael!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Sander.Delete
As noted above, there's a definite element of 'Python' about this figure. Wouldn't look out of place in either "the Quest for the Holy Grail" or "Jabberwocky". Was this before he discovered his diamond mine? 😉ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Jez, given the ongoing Holy Grail collection, I can definitely see a crossover with the character. Diamond mine? What have I missed?Delete
The torturer looks like Terry Gilliam, who played the madman in the woods who accosted Dennis in "Jabberwocky" accusing him of trying to steal diamonds from his mine...just before the Jabberwock got him.Delete
Thank you Jez, I desperately need to dig out my copy and remind myself. I started to get confused with the Fisher King for some reason?Delete
Such characterful additions to your collection.ReplyDelete
The torturer looks rather small, is it true 28mm?