Sunday, 18 March 2018

From EvanH: Monster and Regimented Women, or The Last Post (40 points)

Greetings Fellow Challengers, Figlimners and Aficionados of Fine Brushpersonship! 

Gosh, is it that time already? Did we just lose three months? It's gone far too quickly, I still have two regiments of Seven Years' War Imagi-Nations troops to paint, along with a battery of artillery! And the ECW cuirassiers, and the other monsters, and the Orks, and the undead horde and all those pulp figures... well, you get the idea.

This is my final entry for the 8th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, so let's get on with it...

First, the monster; the Fire Dragon, another Reaper Bones model, this reptilian pyromaniac is 70mm from front foot to the top of his head, 80mm across the wings, and 90mm long. I have absolutely no idea how to score this, but based on my Curtgeld Frost Giant, I'll stick my neck out and guess 20 points since they're both of a similar size. 

Like the giant, the dragon is based on an 80mm Warbases MDF round, with broken cork and pumice paste to build up the groundwork. Sand and gravel mixed with PVA glue were used to add texture and blend the figure's base in with the supporting structure.

I didn't add as much detail to this base as I would have liked, but the Tajima1 Tufts again rescue it from total blandness.

You can see the reason for the raised basing here; the tail is actually lower than the level of the figure's feet, so to allow room for it to curl around and follow its natural inclination, he needed a little lift.

The last half of my last entry for Challenge VIII is a matched set of Dwarven warriors, four formidable women.

These are more Scibor Miniatures Dwarves, incredibly detailed and loaded with character.

Here's the venerable General Freydis Ranveigsdottir. Battles won, 29; Number of Challenges Issued to Enemy Commanders, 0; Number of Enemy Commanders Obliterated by Long-Distance Cannon Fire, 12 (because battles are too damned important to entrust to the results of stupid duels).

This is her daughter, Gudrun. Gudrun is an enthusiastic student of strategy, but is still quite impetuous and has a way to go before she gets her own command.

Pippi Astridsdottir, a dab hand with a shortsword in a desperate situation!

And lastly, Sigrid Svanhildsdottir, an independent woman whose hammer, 'Maiden's Kiss', is always at the ready to remind over-familiar men not to take liberties. Like demanding a kiss, for example.

And it's goodnight from me...!

My biggest point total yet, and if the weather had been kinder, I dare say I might have been a tad more productive!

Thanks to Curt, Monday Minion Sidney and all the other Minions, this has been an amazing Challenge, and I hope to participate in the next one if they'll have me!

Until the group shot, goodnight, Gods Bless and keep smiling!



From Minion Tamsin:
Lovely work Evan and congrats on making your target. That's some nice painting there on the dragon and I do like the Dwarven women.
I'm going to score the dragon as a 40mm vehicle, as that's the 20 points you suggested and seems about right.


  1. Superb work Ev! Iike I said to you earlier, you've hit these Scibor models right out of the park this year. You've done a brilliant body of work this year. Bravo!

    1. Thanks Curt, glad you like them - this year's group shot might need a bit more room than last year's!😆

  2. great finale and target reached I believe

    1. Thanks Martin, who knows, I might even try for 600 next year! 😉

  3. Great painting Ev, love the Dragon!

    1. Thank you Ray, I was avoiding painting in the heat by giving the Dragon 15 minutes before I went to work each day!

  4. Great dragon, even better female dwarves, a consistently high standard !
    Best Iain

    1. Thank you Iain, it's been a good Challenge and I'm happy with the output!

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    1. Thanks Adam, the Reaper Bones range has been a godsend this Challenge!

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    1. You should have seen the one that got away...
      ; )
      Thanks John!

  7. Awesome stuff. Great job on all here. Good work on building up a base so the Dragon tail can sit at it's lower height. Well one you. cheers

    1. Thanks Brendon, hope you avoided the worst of the weather!

  8. Good work, Ev! I thought female dwarves had beards- at least that’s what she told me...