Friday, 31 January 2020

"Nine He Gave To Mortal Men..."

"...Proud and great, and so ensnared them."
These four 28mm scale "white metal figures" of Lord Rascal's Ghostly Wraiths are produced by “Lucid Eye Publications” and can be bought from the company's "Toon Realms" range. Sculpted by Steve Saleh, I have painted them to represent the "dreaded ring-servants of the Dark Lord Sauron in Middle-earth" so as to field them as a 'Lord Of The Toons' Bellicose Foot unit (Reduced Model Unit) for “Dragon Rampant” by "Osprey Games".

Originally I had planned to simply paint these figures in exactly the same way as I've pigmented all my ghosts, using a white undercoat with plenty of green shading and simple white dry-brush. But having seen the 'official' paint-job on the now OOP Twilight Ringwraiths manufactured by "Games Workshop", I thought I'd try a distinctly bluer palette, so therefore primed the quartet with two layers of "Vallejo" Steel Grey.
'Lord of the Toons' - Faramir and Boromir face four of the Nazgul
The Fallen Kings were then 'muddied down' with a wash of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, before being dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Steel Grey, and an even lighter touch of Heavy Bluegrey. With the bulk of the spectres finished, I subsequently 'picked out' their grotty gloves with a combination of "Vallejo" White and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and their eyes with a dab of  "Citadel" Abaddon Black.

I also layered their teeth with a dash of "Vallejo" White, and decided to imply a haunting look in their somewhat softly-detailed faces by adding a splash of "Citadel" Druchii Violet just beneath their eyes. This colour sort of replicated the facial make-up I spotted the actors wearing when they appeared in Peter Jackson's 2001 epic fantasy adventure film "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring".
"Nolzur's Marvellous Miniatures" WIPs - The Bone Golem has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed
Despite still having another four of Lord Rascal's Ghostly Wraiths left to finish, I've momentarily turned my attention towards a considerably larger-sized figure from “Wizkids” impressive Nolzur’s Marvellous Miniatures range. This Bone Golem is absolutely packed with detail with all its skulls, ribs, leg bones and grisly cartilage, but should look pretty impressive on the tabletop once I've found the time to pigment all its fleshy areas.

In addition, this latest "Dungeons & Dragons" model has encouraged me to dust down the five adventurers I planed to use for an "Expedition To The Barrier Peaks" campaign a few years ago. Consisting of such notable treasure-seekers as a Gnome Infiltrator (with repeating crossbow), a Half-Elf Sorcerer, and a Lizardman Warrior, these 'Out Of Production' miniatures were all made by "Wizards Of The Coast", and predominantly came from the company's discontinued "Chainmail" range...

8 comments:

  1. Whoo hoo, those are straight into my alley! For a moment I thought you sculpted them...

    As those minis are metal I think an arm could be easily bent to make it look a ghost is doing a dab pose :))

    Gotta Google this range, thanks for the heads up man!

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    1. Cheers Javi. I did consider bending some of the arms myself tbh. "Toon Realms" is a great range imho, and well worth investing in :-)

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  2. Nice work on your ghosts Simon, the bone golem looks an excellent figure, so look forward to seeing that progress

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    1. Thanks Dave. Definitely in a "D&D" mood currently, so will probably make some more progress on the Bone Golem soon.

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  3. Those ghosts are fun little sculpts and I like your painting, they look fab. But using them as Nazgul? No. Just no! They are just too cute. Your imagination is just off the charts is all I am going to say! That Bone Golem looks amazing, great brushwork. I think he could be a cracker when finished.

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. It may be that at some point "Lucid Eye Publications" produce a sculpt more appropriate for the Nazgul, but for now these ghostly wraiths will do the job for 'Lord Of The Toons' ;-)

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  4. Wraiths or armed sharks ? I care little for they bring a wry smile to my face when I see any and all your Toon creations !
    that bone golem going to be a pain to paint, given your attention to detail !

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    1. Thanks Joe. Glad you like the ghostly wraiths as I have four more to come. Yep! There's definitely some detail on that Bone Golem!!

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