Tuesday, October 04, 2011

"Goblyn b'gone!"


Here's Ulf, the infamous Goblyn Slayer. He's a fearsome sword for hire, not the most expensive one but still sharp enough to do anybody's dirty work - for decent amount of coins, of course...

As I've told in some of my previous Goblyn Slayer post, this project was more than just my entry for this year's UK Golden Demon painting competition. This work was also kind of a tribute to John Blanche and Jes Goodwin, for both of them have been great source of inspiration in my hobby.



There are many references taken from mr. Blanche's Ratspike era art; Warm colour scheme, checkers patterns, stripy pants, bloody brutality and last but not the least, the red ogre face grinning inside the sun.

The miniature itself is from classic Citadel Miniatures range (C01 Fighters), sculpted, of course, by Jes Goodwin. I've always loved Jes' sculpts, especially the way he sculpts faces. For me, his miniatures have always been the most characterful and true representatives of the grimmy Old World. His classic punk wood elves, ferocious human fighters and grumpy ogres from the 80's are perfect examples of this.

This was a great project to carry out. The miniature was awesome to paint, full of the 80's fantasy spirit, just the way I like it. I joked that Ulf, with his blazing red hair and mustache, is like the Old World's own grim and savage version of Tanis from the Dragonlance series.

Ulf is just the first of the many personalities I've planned doing for the Old World milieu. At some point there's going to be a four person adventure group made in the spirit of the 1st edition Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. Ulf's story is a kind of spin-off from their epic adventures...

Don't hold yer breaths though, I've my mind full of other flamboyant ideas from our trip to UK...

12 comments:

  1. Fantastic. The mini really brought me back. The banner is wondrous too, what a great piece.

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  2. Absolutely marvellous. Truly a worthy Blanche homage - it makes my childhood memories of WFRP come smashing back :-) Dungeon punk, the Warhammer way!

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  3. Brilliant! Lovingly textured.

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  4. Awesome. Looking at him brings my memories back to late 80's, when Warhammer was Warhammer, axes were sharper and the ale was stronger :). IMO both the mini and the painting job captures perfectly the "classical" feeling of the old days.

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  5. stunning face - beeresque tuetonic - i love the jes old school to particular his orcs and goblins .......

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  6. Gosh, this is absolutely fantastic!! .DDD
    Did you won the GD with this?

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  7. Respect!
    it looks like a little gem!!
    Next year, pick a model that has been made in this millennium and you earn yourself a Golden Daemon ;)

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  8. Wonderful stuff. Had the pleasure of seeing it in the 'flesh' and it's a beautiful piece. The pics don't give the full impact of the fine textures and details.

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  9. Mighty fine piece of work, and not always easy with some of these antiquities!

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  10. Thank you all for your comments! Glad to hear that these old school pieces still bring back good memories...

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