Terpsichore, the muse of dance

While packing a box of miniatures, I noticed a miniature that I was sure to have seen posted here, and to my surprise I was wrong. It was a model of Terpsichore that I painted months ago, and I think we’ll blame at all on Mahon and move on to the miniature itself. 😉

Terpsichore
Terpsichore

Now for those who are not familiar with Greek mythology, Terpsichore was the muse of dance. The miniature doesn’t show this aspect of the character too much, as the model is pretty static, so I decided to paint her my own way.

As you can see, my interpretation is completely different to what Jessica Rich showed on her paintjob presented on the Dark Sword Miniatures store page. While hers is much closer to what one might expect a Greek muse to look like, I turned her into an almost demonic being.

The thing I wanted to play with this time was the fabric of her clothes. I tried some patterns and decorations there (most of what’s going on there is actually freehand painted on the clothes – compare it to the original if you are curious), and generally kept her clothes dark. It helped in concealing some imperfections of the casting, but also this alone would make her look so very different than what the original concept art seems to suggest:

Terpsichore - concept art
Terpsichore – concept art

I don’t know if I will be painting any more of these muses, but they were fun to paint, so if I have a chance I will most likely not say ‘no’…

Something from minimonsters.eu

Recently I purchased few resin diorama items from Polish manufacturer minimonsters.eu. I would like to share with you my impression about them. Here is what I bought:
– Cottage
– Outhouse
– Wooden barrels
– Big wooden barrels
– Vases

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The items are made in 28 mm scale. Each set is packed in a small bag with label. The casts made of light grey resin are really good and I didn’t notice any bigger air bubbles or substancial mould lines. Let’s look closer at each set.

Cottage
The set contains 13 pieces that allow to assemble one building with following dimensions: 105 mm (height), 14 mm (lenght), 100 mm (width). The pieces are not bent and there should be no problems with the assembly. The doors are cast as one piece with the walls, so if anyone wants to make them openable, it should require some work. There are no details on the inside parts of the house (there in no floor either), so if you want an interior, you should do it yourself. This a different approach than for example in Tabletop World buildings (which have interior), although they are about 30% more expensive than those from minimonsters.eu. You should decide yourself whether you will use house interiors durring wargaming sessions or no.

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Outhouse
This little building has dimensions: 50 mm (height), 35 mm (lenght), 35 mm (width). The set contains 5 parts (4 walls and roof). Again – the parts are straight and fit together well. There is no interior either, but I will not complain this time. I’m not going to put any figure inside, although technically speaking there is room for one 28-32mm miniature 🙂

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Wooden barrels
Set contains 6 resin barrels 19 mm high, cast as one piece each.

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Big wooden barrels
Set contains 5 resin barrels 23 mm high, cast as two pieces each (barrel and cover).

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Vases
Set contains 6 unique resin vases 18-24 mm high, cast as one piece each.

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Overall I think that the items from minimonsters.eu are worth their price and should make nice diorama or battlefield addition. Soon I will paint them and show you finished pieces, so stay tuned.