Recently I came into possession of the Howling Horde starter set. I decided to make a short review of its contents and the minis’ quality.
This starter box contains five metal models: Warchief, Vei-Banshee and 3 Tribal Warriors. All come with round 30mm bases.
The figures are about 37mm tall.
The quality of the casts is good. The mould lines are visible, but easy to remove. There are many tiny parts, as you can see on the pictures:
The warriors have 3 identical right arms with swords and 3 left arms with shields having different details :
The details on minis are nice and sharp, even on the figure’s sides – look at those skulls:
Another close-up showing bearded warrior:
Did I say that there are 5 miniatures in this box? So why there are only 4 figures on the photos of the casts? That is because I could not resist to paint the warchief the minute I opened the box – even before writing this review 🙂
Moreover you can say much more about the quality of the mini when you look at the painted piece. So here it goes – The Howling Horde Warchief. Another mini to my collection. She is so sweet! (although she would not allow to say that about her, for sure).
This time it’s definitely not as much as I’d like to present but considering my recent lack of time I shouldn’t complain. Last night my I managed to spend 30 mins with trusty Dremel gizmo and finally one of my fav models (EVAH!) is assembled:
Egrimm van Horstmann mounted on Chaos dragon.
The model will be based on similar size plinth as the Zombie dragon but I don’t want another swamp (I will save it for something more undead…). No matter the surface will be fantasy-urban or something natural there will be Skaven running in the tunnel below, so looks like there’s lotta heavy drilling ahead. But first something more trivial: filling lots of gaps… =/
This is a story of one gift. A story of one lady and three dragons. A very special lady, I should add.
Where to start… Oh well, long time ago I had planned a big diorama under the working title of “City of Dragons”. However, the only piece I painted for it was this dragon lady (Reaper Master Series Miniatures – 54mm scale). As you can see, it was supposed to be a statue with a small dragon on it, not a live female.
The concept I’d had for this new diorama did not involve any statues, so I had to repaint this model. Black and white base I had on the lady made me go with glazing all over. Very thin layers of heavily watered paint were used on almost every part of the miniature. The shadows and highlights were already there, all I had to do was adding a colour to it.
The small dragon was treated in a different way, obviously, I’ve just pulled the highlights up here and there.
With that, the first part of my dio was ready:
The second part of my dio is also a salvaged piece. Dragon lady came with this additional dragon (though it is also available separately in Reaper range as DHL 3332), which was initially used by me for this scene:
I’d dismounted it from the base, gave it few additional highlights, and here it is, the second part of my new diorama:
The last piece as also a Reaper mini and was painted from a scratch. It is the Shadow Dragon (Bones plastic range, but also available in metal) and initially was supposed to be painted as a black dragon. After some consideration I thought the black colour and size of the model would make him stand out too much on a dio, so I decided to paint him red. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get reds working right on this model, so after few attempts I gave up and switched to another colour that you can see below. The final result had been achieved by using violet liner and white to build up the base which was then glazed over with light blue. Wings were painted with violet liner and tanned skin shades (plus some white for final highlights). Frankly, I’m quite pleased with the result.
The third part of a dio:
With 2 parts salvaged from my other dioramas, repainted and/or improved, and one brand new piece I was finally able to put them all together. Of course, I had had the concept ready and the whole scene had been carefully planned before I started painting. I had the base and I arranged minis on it as the first step of my work. So, after I’d finished painting all I had to do was to assemble models on the base (piece of wood on a “plinth” made of a plastic cap taken from a coffee jar). I tried to arrange models on two levels so that viewers can see all details from different angles. Finally, a lot of static grass, twigs and dried greenery was added to create a nice, spring/summery feel to it.
Of course, every dio requires a story, but I prefer to leave that task to viewers. Feel free to come up with your own.
My story? There Be Dragons was painted as a birthday gift for my wife. So, what I’ve painted is actually our family – my lady and her three men. One big and old dragon (that would be me, of course), one small dragon on his own feet (8 yo son) and another small dragon that still requires to be carried around ( 2nd son, 10 months).
By the way, my wife almost never comes into my painting room. When she does, she never asks what I’m painting at the moment. Both of us prefer to show/see the finished mini. So, I have been working on this diorama for over a month, trying to use every spare moment. When I was literally 10 minutes from finishing the gift, she catches me totally off guard by jumping suddenly into the room, taking a look and asking “What are you painting?” Oh well, there went the surprise element…
Anakron Miniatures is a small French miniatures company. Why small? The’ve got only ten products in their range, but it is the quality that matters. You can easily find them on the Internet under: www.anakron.fr .
The subject of today’s review is their latest release – The Cartomancer.
I got his one since I am a great fan of Confrontation game and especially Cadwallon. Before going bankrupt, Rackahm didn’t manage to sculpt all the miniatures for created characters. I am planning use this one for the Guild of Cartomancers, as a Cartomancer Mage (card with statistics).
Although the miniature is in Rackham style and suits perfectly Cadallon’s world – the concept is original and was done by Nico Kopf.
I have chosen the cheapest option for shipping and the miniature came in an envelope with bubble foam inside.
I was amazed that such a big envelop came, since I have just ordered one miniature. But as I have opened it , there were many different extras sent (post cards, visit cards).
Of course there also came the miniature with a numbered lithography.
That’s right, at first you might think that it is a limited miniature, but it is not. The description on Anakron’s web page clears it:
A numbered lithography of the concept, drawn by Nico KOPF, offered for the first 100 copies!!
Good that I bought the miniature for it’s coolness and not for being limited 🙂
The Cartomacer is a 30mm tall, resin casted miniature. It came in a plastic blister without any foam inside. It might be a bit risky, but later you will see that the miniature came in good shape.
It came in 5 parts – body, cloak, sword, right hand with a stick or mace and top of the hood. There also came a typical rounded base and a reference card with the illustration.
Here you have detailed pictures of all the parts. From my point of view there really isn’t much to write since this is almost a perfect miniature cast! It has no mold lines, no bubbles, no holes. Of course there are resin sticks especially on the weapons, but those very easy to remove. There is also no problem with fitting the parts together.
All the details from the concept art were very well visible and casted, even small chain on his left leg.
I can really recommend The Cartomancer from Anakron Miniatures. Not only for Cadwallon fans, but also other gamers or painters. Casting quality is just great. Sculpt is original but suits known system well. Price isn’t high and it costs just 10,00€.
If I could make any more wishes, then it would be the base – a fragment of Cadawallon’s streets would be a nice addition.
“North of the Kingdom of the Dead, and east of Worlds Edge Mountains, lies the Plains of Bones. The land is a desert of multi-coloured refractive sand from which huge rib-cages emerge.
For this is the place where dragons came to die, to rest their bones among those of their ancestors as they had done for millions of years, before any other sentient being walked the surface of the Known World…”
It took me long time but I am more than happy to see that beast finished.
Sure lots of things could’ve been done better bur screw it – it’s the first dragon I painted and it made me proud =]