Since I started this blog I have fallen in love with restoring these really old figures- the uglier the better. I have an Asgard she-ogre on the go which is probably the ugliest model ever made- and I am having a lovely time trying to make the paint job sell her as art. Tough job, as you may see soon. But kicking off this episode is...
|FS6-3 Dungeon Torturess variant|
Less collectable and far less rare seems to be this variant of the whip mistress- from the Fantasy Specials line. You can frequently snap her up for a couple of bucks from evil-bay.
One word of advice, with all miniatures from this era you will find the surface very uneven. A couple of brushes full of watered down Milliput grey-green and a quick sand makes all the difference. I left the weapon and shield pitted for effect, but you can see just how rough the surface was all over.
She got a lick of Vallejo model colour paints using thinned layers of model color matte medium tinted with the highlight colors of red, purple and flesh. I gave her a more Mediterranean skin tone, as she seemed to step straight out of a harem in some Conan adventure. I glazed a little green into the recesses too.
Its hard to make out in the photo, but I sculpted a snake slithering on her base between her legs- this gave an element of Orientalism and danger. Of course, the between the legs thing is also a metaphor. I too was an adolescent boy once.
Now, burbling as it came, is the C29 Jabberwock with eyes aflame. This Lewis Carol homage hailed from the Spring 1985 Citadel Journal. I have wondered about this figure since I saw his head poking out a moat, devouring zombies in John Blanches fantastic undead diorama. Getting hold of one was an exciting day for me. I know, I know. Sad bastards, line on the left. Owners of the original Warhammer Fantasy Role Play can find this chap in the bestiary section. He seemed to be discontinued by the time the 1989 catalog appeared. I hear rumour there is a standing one too, but have not encountered it. Probably the Ral Partha one.
I had an hour to spare last night, so knocked this guy out really quickly- simple yellow-green matte medium tinted glazes over a catachan green base, followed by really thin red and turquoise glazes for variety. The photo doesnt catch the contrast in the yellows sadly- he really pops in real life. I may sculpt some stuff on his base later on... such as a sign pointing to Tulgey woods or a few gilliam-esque severed limbs.
|C29 Young Dragon 'Jabberwock'|
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