Friday, 29 January 2016

From SanderS: “Don’t waste your time looking back, you’re not going that way.” oh and Curtgeld (40 points)

Hoi - Before you even start reading this post, scroll down a bit and put the YouTube movie to play for some more atmosphere ;-)


Let's get started! I have painted 5 miniatures depicting, for that's what they do let's be honest, characters from the EPIC and ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT (sorry just had to shout that) Vikings TV series. These are from several producers and none of them will remain in my collection... The Ragnar figure in the action pose will be my Curtgeld contribution and the other 4 will be a B-day present for my brother (whose name IS Norse but not Rollo :-P ).

The story behind the procurement of these figures is rather funny. I have been a fan of this series for quite some time and when preparing for Crisis I pre-ordered some of the very nice Stronghold Terrain metal figures. They are very good but in a bit passive poses so I also ordered a Brother Vini Ragnar whose pose is more dynamic, it's also on the Stronghold shop page above).  My brother joins me for the Crisis each year even though he is not into figures or wargaming. As a matter of politeness I asked him, upon entering the Great Hall, whether he wanted me to keep an eye out for some miniatures for him and he went like: "Oh well if they have Vikings figures by chance I would like some of those." So I ended up buying a second set for his showcase as well and the ones here are to be his. The Lagertha figure is from The Dice Bag lady's shieldmaiden set.

Anyway here they are:

 Ragnar:







 Lagertha:




 Floki:








Rollo:





As to the Curtgeld Ragnar, can you imagine anyone better for a gambler and risk-taker than Ragnar Lothbrok? His initial journey to Angleland could have ended disastrously and his further incursions into Wessex and France were no pick-nick either so yeah I think he counts. The brother Vinni figure is actually larger than the Stronghold figures and so I think it will be a bit too large to combine with my figures but just about perfect for Curt's showcase.  








Well I do hope that both Curt and my Brother like these chaps, I sure do and am glad I have bought some for me as well. In the mean time Stronghold Terrain have released a Björn figure and Hasslefree has a Porunn figure on offer as well!


Great work Sander! I'm positive Curt will chime in below, but I know he is a huge fan of Vikings and I'm sure he will welcome Ragnar Lothbrok to his collection with great enthusiasm.  Excellent brushwork on these figures - they look like wonderful sculpts, and it must be very cool to be painting figures connected to an awesome TV show! I'm not familiar with it, but somehow I'm thinking Floki is maybe not "the calm one"?

So the four figures which are gifts for your brother (nice gift, by the way!) will get you 20 points, and the Curtgeld will get you another 20, so that's 40 points for these fearsome historic TV show fellows.  Well done!

36 comments:

  1. Brilliant paintjobs Sander :)

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  2. Great Figures I have the Lagertha figure form Annie and its a great minature, all her figures are great.

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    1. Both Lagertha (the mini and the series character) and Annie rock! ;-)

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  3. Great figs, love the series and these are exactly right

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    1. Thanks I really tried to get the right feel if not exactly the right colours (I chose the early season one outfit for Ragnar but his later shield design season 2 I believe).

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  4. Very nice work, loved the atmosphere as well :-)

    Ian

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    1. Thanks! Wardruna made just about all of the soundtrack for the series and you should really check out their website if you're into Vikings.

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  5. Glorious work Sander! I'm a big fan of the show too, although maybe not quite as big a fan as you are :-)

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    1. Thanks Millsy! I am greatly looking forward to season 4 and painting my own mini's.

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  6. Excellent job on these Sander and a nice addition to Curts growing collection!

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    1. Cheers Anne, you know I really tried to emulate your palette of sorts. Didn't quite work out the way I wanted to specially with Rollo.

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  7. These figures are fantastic Sander and thank you so much for Ragnar. It's funny as I'm currently waiting for that very same figures from Brother Vinni. Now the pressures off to have to paint it - awesome! We're huge fans of 'Vikings' here as well and can't wait for the start of Season 4. (BTW, Did you know that it's a Irish/Canadian production with a significant portion of the cast being Canadian?)

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    1. Glad you like it Curt. I do have to say that my painting skills are by far not up to par with yours so you will have to paint yours anyway :-P
      Accidentally I did know about the Canadian stuff, but have you seen this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv2QEeKckoA it's 55 minutes of guaranteed Vikings fun...

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  8. ...and Floki is particularly awesome. You've really captured his character here.

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    2. First up Ragnar and Loki are probably the characters that make the series, don't ask me to explain they just do. As such I dreaded painting the Floki figure, he's hard to get right. I have made a beginner's mistake on his eyeliner by not diluting the paint enough, but it is a lesson for the next one I'll paint ;-)

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  9. Wow! Great job! You definitely were spot on with the characters!

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    1. Thanks, the Vikings FB page has a nice "How to dress like" of all the major characters which was really helpful.

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  10. Lovely work Sander, really hit the mark

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  11. I cannot see the Vikings TV series without paying for extra TV Channels so I will have to wait some years before they come to terrestrial TV. But when It does it will be on my watch list.

    The figures are great and very nice Curtgeld indeed.

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    1. Thanks Clint, I believe you can watch them online via History HD or something.

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  12. nicely done!

    a special mention to the Floki face, my prefered character of the tv serie.

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    1. thanks, Floki's my favourite too!

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  13. Great figures, fantastic painting work.

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  14. What a great set of figures!

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  15. OK, that's done it Sander. I have resisted "Vikings" for a long time on Amazon Prime. I'm going to give it a go. Episode 1, Series 1. This is ALL going to be your fault - you do know that, don't you?

    ;)

    These are wonderful figures, great atmosphere. I love them. (It'll still be your fault when I'm watching "Vikings" and not painting...)

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  16. Oh come off it Roundwood, you always knew you'd cave; you're just using me as your scapegoat :-P

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