Here we have a Song of Ice and Fire. Or, if you're as old as I am, Fire and Ice. In fact, that film (by Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta) has a character called Nekron that is a dead ringer for Elric of Melniboné, the original pale uber-sorcerer with a cool sword, Stormbringer. Although, even in Game of Thrones, when Joffrey Baratheon asks what he should name his new Valyrian Steel sword, one of his courtiers suggests "Stormbringer". Indeed, George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire has also an albino spymaster (former Hand of the King Brynden Rivers), who is also clearly another echo of Elric.
Anyway, I will cease to ramble on, as more will be revealed below. This week I have completed two classic 1980's Citadel Chaos Dwarf miniatures, from my friend Bob. They both lost their weapons long ago and required replacements (an old ogre mace and a HeroQuest sword). A search of the internet gave me suitable guidance in this regard. However, as I mentioned this in a previous post I will keep on moving.
I have a new addition to my painting gear. A painting tray! It certainly enhances the painting experience. Goodbye to bread boards. I should have got one of these decades ago!
|My new painting tray.|
Early morning walks with Leah (the family dog) often bring ideas to my painting table. Sometimes they are subconscious and I realise the connection later.
|Inspiration from nature.|
Now the ice!
|Dwarf Lord and Chaos Dwarf.|
|Note the shield holder in the background. Mighty Blu-Tac!|
|I often paint shields with wooden detail.|
|Someone lost their head! It was a HeroQuest zombie.|
|The base is frosty but the shield is missing something.|
|Green stuff for the shield boss.|
|Inspired by Michael Moorcock.|
Games Workshop borrowed heavily from Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series. One example is the Symbol of Chaos (eight arrows in a radial pattern), also called the Arms of Chaos, Arrows of Chaos, Chaos Star, Symbol of Eight, etc. Moorcock conceived this symbol while writing the first Elric of Melniboné stories in the early 1960's:
It was thereafter adopted into pop culture. Of course, the more astute of you may realise that it also looks like a compass!
The one on the right has had his first game already. Callum picked the miniature to represent his character 'Fireskull the Dwarf' in our D&D campaign - and survived the first dangerous session! Frogmen, a duckbilled lizard-beast, giant jungle spiders and rat-monkeys (Runkeys) all learned to fear his blade!
|Welcome to the jungle! Spiders from the $2 shop.|
God bless you all this weekend and happy painting!