Tuesday, 3 March 2020

(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Dungeons & Dragons" March 2020

"Wizkids" WIP - The Walking Statue of Waterdeep: The Honorable Knight has been primed
This month's themed attempt to try and reduce my embarrassing backlog of metal, plastic and resin models will be a little different from normal as I plan to simply focus my efforts upon a single miniature, namely the Walking Statue of Waterdeep: The Honorable Knight by "Wizkids". Clocking in at an impressive 300mm in height this Icons of the Realms "premium" figure will be receiving quite a straightforward 'stone' paint-job, but will doubtless provide plenty of unforeseen challenges on account of his sheer size.

Indeed, originally I had planned to re-base the pre-painted plastic model onto a freshly-ordered "Citadel" 170mm x 105mm oval stand. But when it arrived it was too small for such a towering behemoth, so I've subsequently reattached it to the 175mm circular base it came with. I have also resisted the temptation to assemble the "gargantuan construct" prior to painting, and will therefor pigment its sword and huge shield separately.
"Otherworld Miniatures" WIPs - Two Goblins and a Fighter in Plate Mail
One of the side-effects of currently being so badly bitten by the "Dungeons & Dragons" bug is that I have also found myself flicking through some of the old "Fighting Fantasy" gaming books published by "Puffin Books", and as a result I thought I might give some of these old classics a re-read or four. However, I rather fancied having some models at hand to bring the games more to life, and as a result turned to a box of "Otherworld Miniatures" which I own.

This Hertfordshire-based manufacturer actually used to own the licence to "a range of 28mm [Limited Edition] miniatures based on characters and monsters from the Fighting Fantasy series of game-books." But that seems to have stopped now, probably due to "Atlantis Miniatures" and their highly successful Fighting Fantasy Legends: 28mm Resin Miniatures "Kickstarter" late last year. For now therefore, I'm going to stick with what I've got, picking up any necessary pieces as and when I need them for my adventures...
February 2020 - "Wizkids" dominated the month with a plethora of "Heroclix" miniatures
Statistics wise, the past four weeks have proved to be a fairly bog standard February for me, disappointingly only completing just over half the models I 'powered through' this time last year. However, that doesn't mean the month was in any way a disappointment, as I both finally got started on my "Marvel Crisis Protocol" backlog by "Atomic Mass Games", and whittled away more than a handful of old "Heroclix" sculpts by "Wizkids".

In fact, my love of super-heroes, or rather comic book villains, led to me polishing off quite a few dastardly denizens of the criminal world, such as Major Maxim, Black Manta, the Abomination and Zzzax. As well as providing them with a plethora of rubber-suited henchmen with which to do their bidding, including a few converted U-Men. I was also able to get plenty of progress made on a few "Dungeons & Dragons" themed pre-paints which will undoubtedly populate the posts of March 2020...

8 comments:

  1. The statue looks cool. Should make for a fun big project. Otherworld minis are always a good choice. They remind me of flicking through an old monster manual.

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    1. Thanks Horridperson. The Walking Statue should be a lot of fun to paint. I dipped into "Otherworld Miniatures" especially because their sculpts reminded me of the old "Fighting Fantasy" illustrations; albeit I think the company's price-point is a bit high to go exclusively with them. I managed to get most of mine cheap in a clearance sale.

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  2. Well it's down to `The Range' you go to buy a match pot of paint and an inch wide brush.

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    1. Or I could just stick to my "Windsor & Newton" University Series size 000 brush, Phil ;-)

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  3. Talking of large 'miniatures', 300mm tall !
    You do like a challenge don't you ?
    Looking forward to its eventual completeion and its grand revealing!
    (If it's the only 'mini' you do this month it's going to knock your monthly figures painted down somewhat.)

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    1. Thanks Joe. The Walking Statue of Waterdeep won't be the only mini painted this month (indeed, I've finished four others already). but will certainly be the one I'll be focusing my efforts upon over the next few weeks.

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  4. Having seen that statue in the flesh I can say it is huge! A bigature rather than a miniature! I can't wait to see what you do with it. D&D is certainly very popular at the moment and I have to say the cinematic for Baldurs Gate 3 look awesome and make me want to find a Mindflayer mini to paint!! Can't wait to see what you turnout this month.

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. Yep, "Dungeons & Dragons" has certainly got me hooked currently, and I'm just waiting on a new gaming mat to properly get me into the swing of things :-)

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