Friday, January 10, 2014

From AndrewS: Banshee, Druid, Gyrocopter Dwarf & Nubians (115 points)

From Andrew:
Another entry as I begin to clear the desk of some side projects. While I don’t do fantasy gaming systems I am always drawn to some of the figures in this genre as they allow me to have a bit of fun, with the painting. The first two figures are from the Northstar Celtic legends Box set. 
The first is a Banshee (above), I wanted this to be a bit brighter in the colour palette and went for a deep purple shade for the flowing dress, set against a pallid skin tone, and deep green hair. This is definitely a heroic scale figure being 60mm from base to top of head and approx 34mm from foot to eye. Set off with a rather vibrant base.
Next up is a druid from the same set this time 28mm scale, I went with muted tones as I wanted this to have the feel of an RPG character, So I used a woodland colour palette throughout and set it off with a woodland base of leaves and heath. This could easily be used in a D&G game as a wise old wizard of one sort or another.

Finally is an old metal Games Workshop Dwarf and Gyrocopter, I picked this up a while back it has languished unloved for about 2 years in a lead pile. This matches perfectly with another I already own and I have based Identically, The base is a flight stick converted to hold a rare earth magnet so it can be detached for storage, This is mounted over a homemade rock outcrop base to give the impression it is flying above craggy ground. A great fun piece to paint originally this was going to be my vehicle submission but my plans have changed for that now.

I've also managed to get a couple of hours in on the Nubians during the week and completed The Army general stand and another warband. All these figures are 1/72nd plastic from Hat except where noted. 
The command stand is 5 figures containing a mix of Hat and Caesar figures, In Hail Caesar this commander will always be attached to the division with the Royal guards so it was a bit fiddly but 3 of the figures got the leopard skins to signify this fact. Green loin guards were used as he will also be the 1st divisions commander. Again I have gone with a larger but more scenic base to keep in character with the one I have already completed.
The next unit is a 16 figure warband is the first of four that will be in the second division. Again these needed some conversion work to equip figures with spears, nothing too complicated. I have continued with the two colour work and using the coloured loin guards to distinguish units. I have used the stippled effect for the shields again, which at this scale does nicely represent hide. Basing to match the existing warbands, so small rocky areas on these.

Wow, what an eclectic set of figures. I really like the skin tones on the Banshee and the Druid is wonderfully hoary and astride a suitably verdant setting. Your Nubians continue to impress, especially with their basing which does so much to tie them all together. Great work.

This group of figures will give Andrew 115 points.


  1. Loving this Nubians.. Keep em coming.

  2. Oh look at the palette on that Banshee. And the basing on your fantasy figures is so vibrant. You''re stomping on my terra now Andrew!

  3. You did an amazing job again! The Gyrocopter is my favourite... great basing also.

  4. Andrew
    Very nice work. I agree with the others on the Banshee. I also love the gyrocopter.

  5. Your on fire buddy, some real gems flying off your desk
    Peace James

  6. I guess you don't know the meaning of slowing down as it appears your brush is on fire! Very nicely down Andrew!


  7. great work there Andrew. Wonder colours i love the Druid the muted colours are perfect, awesome stuff

  8. Stop making we want to do ancients mate! Love the druid and the copter is rather nice. For someone with little interest in fantasy you seem to enjoy it.

  9. Great stuff Andrew, I'm really digging it.

  10. I'm a big fan of that druid and the skin tone on the Banshee. The Niubians are fantastic as well. In fact I like everything

  11. What a great mix, the Druid is my favourite



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