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An Lushan and Imperial Guardsman – Blandford Warriors Episodes 8 & 9

Posted on June 20th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

If you’re into your medieval history you WILL NOT have heard of these models.  That’s cos they’re not medieval at all.  Welcome to my next two classic Citadel Miniatures from the range based on the 1987 Medieval Warlords book. An Lushan and…

Deathmaster Snikch Twins

Posted on June 13th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Warhammer Skaven Deathmaster Snikchs for Silver TowerWarhammer Skaven Deathmaster Snikchs for Silver TowerA child-aged Curis attempted to paint the single Skaven Clanrat from 3rd edition Talisman.  The paintjob went so badly it’s taken over twenty years before an adult-aged Curis returned to painting Skaven miniatures. Double Dragon Rat. This is classic Jes Goodwin Deathmaster…

Rogue Trader Crimson Fists Squad Onan

Posted on May 24th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Rogur Trader Crimson FistsRogur Trader Crimson FistsTime to collect a new Space Marine force!  Crimson Fists – the Rogue Trader poster boys.  These Fists are hand-picked from the 1987–1989 Imperial Space Marine ranges sculpted by Bob Naismith, Aly Morrison and Mark Copplestone.  I have a real soft spot…

Jan Žižka: Blandford Warriors Episodes 5, 6 & 7

Posted on May 18th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Jan Zizka, Taborite Infantryman and Teutonic Knight for WarhammerJan Zizka, Taborite Infantryman and Teutonic Knight for WarhammerIf you’re into Czech action cinema you might already know Jan Žižka as the titular hero of the upcoming Jan Žižka film from director Petr Jákl – the man famous for films such as Pterodactyl and Born Into Shit.  If you’re not,…

Corrupted Light Acolytes for Silver Tower

Posted on May 14th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I like to think of Light Wizards as jobbing professionals and their Acolytes as bumbling apprentices.  Here’s a bumble of Light Acolytes – one of the obscurest units in Warhammer of editions past. Left to right: Donkor, Aswad, Llam-Cheops, Wiss Qeb, Khontar and…

Citadel Miniatures JD1 Judge Dredd

Posted on May 8th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

With a Strontium Dogs game on the horizon from Warlord Games, my mind is all a-flutter with 2000AD miniatures.  Games Workshop had the licence in the 1980s and put out a sweet range of figures just before creating the seminal Warhammer 40,000…

Hundred Years’ War: Blandford Warriors Episodes 3 & 4

Posted on April 24th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

oldhammer ex-citadel blandford warriors hundred years war in grenobleoldhammer ex-citadel blandford warriors hundred years war in grenobleArch-rivals from opposing sides of the Hundred Years’ War.  Each of them a talented medieval commander, but with a great respect for the other’s skills and abilities.  Presenting two classic Citadel Miniatures  – Sir John Chandos and Bertrand du Guesclin. English commander…

Light Wizard Duo for Silver Tower

Posted on March 28th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

oldhammer warhammer talisman empire silver tower light wizards and blue horrors of tzeentcoldhammer warhammer talisman empire silver tower light wizards and blue horrors of tzeentcMove over Penn & Teller, move over Siegfried & Roy – a new magical double act is in town.  Coming all the way from the pyramids of the Old World are twin brothers Lapis & Lazuli  – fantastical Wizards of Light. Masters…

War Griffons Warhound Titan

Posted on March 26th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

At the start of the year me and my mates realised we were all keen on painting Titans, and March of the Titans was born – paint any Titan at any scale by the end of Mars’ month.  I fancied rewinding time…

Alan Horseman: Blandford Warriors Episode 2

Posted on March 21st, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Oldhammer Blandford Warriors Alan Horseman and Late Imperial RomansOldhammer Blandford Warriors Alan Horseman and Late Imperial RomansAs names for ranges go, “Blandford Warriors” is a little … underwhelming.  Rather than conjuring up images of medieval warlords on their bloodthirsty rampages it puts me instantly in mind of the sleepy Dorset village – Blandford.  Blandford’s top tourist attraction is…

Silver Tower Brimstone Horrors … but Oldhammer

Posted on March 7th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Oldhammer Brimstone Horrors of Tzeentch Silver TowerOldhammer Brimstone Horrors of Tzeentch Silver TowerBrimstone Horrors!  The cheeky pairs of scampering bastards you get when you kill a Blue Horror.  I’ve painted four sets of these quarter-demons, but with an Oldhammer twist. And it’s all in how you mix the two. And it starts just where…

Choose Your Own Adventurers #17: Theodolitus, Ruin Priest

Posted on February 15th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Rogue Trader Space Marine Crimson Fists survey teamRogue Trader Space Marine Crimson Fists survey teamIt’s the first Choose Your Own Adventurers of 2018, a group project where axiom, sho3box and I take turns painting a classic from the Rogue Trader Adventurers range.  This time I present Battle Brother Groma from the Crimson Fists Space Marine Chapter,…

Late Imperial Roman Comitatenses

Posted on February 7th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Late Imperial Roman Comitatenses in 28mmLate Imperial Roman Comitatenses in 28mmWith Britannia on the telly, I’m fired up for Roman Britain.  The Emperor’s finest stabbing druids has given me the focus to paint these eight Late Imperial Roman spearmen. “Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy,” they sang. Late Imperial Romans?  Late…

D&D Paladin and Gobslob the Bugbear

Posted on January 29th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

dungeons and dragons dnd paladin versus citadel bugbear in phandelverdungeons and dragons dnd paladin versus citadel bugbear in phandelverEvery year the Curis Christmas list (or “Curistmas list”) features swathes of miniatures suggestions. Family assume I’m no longer a teenage nerd (haha!  half true!) and that I can’t possibly still want tiny toy soldiers.  However, me and a group of miniature-loving…

Exclusive Forge World Mark III Space Marine Boarding Sergeant

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Exclusive Forge World Mark III Boarding Space Marine Blood Angel SergeantExclusive Forge World Mark III Boarding Space Marine Blood Angel SergeantThis is one of my Golden Demon entries – Sergeant Rophocalas of the Blood Angels chapter.  He was entered into the Staff Category at Golden Demon Space Marines back in 2015. Sergeant Rophocalas with Breacher Squad Aceldamus during a boarding action on the…

Bucellarius of Majorian: Blandford Warriors Episode 1

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under . Posted by

Oldhammer Bucellarius of Majorian Late Imperial RomanOldhammer Bucellarius of Majorian Late Imperial RomanThis is “Biscuit Dude”, and he’s come to fight you with his sock dragon.  He’s my first painted miniature of 2018, and it’s exactly thirty years since he was released. Rock out with your (dragon) sock out. “Biscuit Dude” is a Late…

Grenadier Dungeons & Dragons Umber Hulk

Posted on December 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The Umber Hulk is the iconic Dungeons & Dragons monster, a powerful tunnelling beast with the power to confuse anyone who sees all four of its eyes at once.  This confusion is a form of psychic hypnosis, rather than puzzlement over the fact it has eyes in its nostrils, and what might happen when it …

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Exo-Armoured Squat Squad Rædwald

Posted on December 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Eggs on legs!  The greatest Warhammer 40,000 miniatures of all time!  Chibi Terminators!  The most iconic Squat models! Thane Rædwald in Exo-Armour – a tough egg to crack. This Exo-Armoured Squat Thane is the first Squat miniature I ever bought for a bargain 60 pence.  He’s the nucleus around which my Squat obsession has grown, …

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Choose Your Own Adventurers #16: Judda, Space Eunuch

Posted on December 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

Sometimes models take on a life of their own. They become personalities through the games they’re used in and the experiences they have. Add the character of the sculpt into the mix, and you end up with a firm favourite. “No, Mister…

Dark Ages Church

Posted on December 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Saint Augustine arrived in Britian AD 597 to revitalise Christianity.  For the next four hundred years, crudely constructed churches like this one appear across the island. A humble friar takes a stroll around the Saxon minster at sunset. “But Curis,” I hear you cry, “Friars didn’t exist until centuries after the Dark Ages ended.  Your …

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Choose Your Own Adventurers #15: Rex O’Thermic, Squat Engineer

Posted on December 7th, 2017 under . Posted by

Assuming possession of two functioning hands, only a weirdo wears a single glove.  I decided to paint the Squat Engineer to match the Squat Miner (as seen last time), which means that both of them match the Construction Crew that I have…

Dungeon & Dragons: Great Wight Shark

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

James over at Gonzo History is running a competition inspired by Gary Gygax’s antics designing the original D&D monsters.  Legend goes that young Gary, looking for fantasy monsters to populate his dungeons, got  a bag of cheap plastic monsters from Hong Kong and made up names and rules, bringing  Rust Monsters, Bulletes, Owlbears to life …

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Choose Your Own Adventurers – Episode 14: Necromunda Mauretania, Space Amazon

Posted on November 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Necromunda’s just been re-rereleased, and there’s a piece of art floating around in White Dwarf and Warhammer Community that doesn’t correspond to any of the miniatures released yet, but is a lovely call back to a couple of 1980s classics. Necromunda Mauretania makes all her decisions on the hoof. The hoofed mad-haired Amazon in stockings …

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Robin Hood’s Friar Tuck

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Friar Tuck, legendary tonsured companion of Robin Hood, joins my miniatures collection. “Praise the Lord!  And pass the tax rebate!” Friar Tuck was an impulse purchase whilst acting as Nottingham cultural attaché for visiting family members.  Warlord Games (a Nottingham company) have a small range of Heritage Miniatures they’ve slipped into local tourist spots like …

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Chaos Thug Life 2

Posted on November 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Citadel Miniatures Chaos Thug range is melting pot of influences and ideas.  Unlike Games Workshop’s modern Chaos Marauders, who are uniformly bearded barbarians, the classic Thug range had odd chaps with mullets, Saracen-flavoured archers and even stray ninjas. Hot as thuggery. It makes the individual Thugs fun to paint, as they’re each full of …

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