Sunday, February 8, 2015

'Hot' from MicahelA - 'Old Nick'


When I saw ‘Hot’ as a title for one of the theme rounds, I knew exactly the miniature I wanted to submit – after all what could be hotter than Hell? This then is a ‘Heresy Miniatures’ Azaroth the Fallen One, another stunning sculpt from the very talented Andy Foster. I think that it is fair to say that I have a problem with Heresy Miniatures, they are just far too tempting! This particular purchase was justified, albeit tenuously, as a possible representation of Lucifer himself in my ‘Witchfinder General’ scenarios – that and it was in the sale, what was I to do? Just as the ‘Jabberwocky’ in the previous round this large piece required a substantial amount of pinning and filling just to get the basic body assembled and then there were the wings! This was a real concern, with their span considerably greater than the model’s height, I was starting to worry that my ‘Warbases’ MDF disc was too small. Fortunately the design of the sculpt is so well proportioned and balanced that it stands comfortably and whilst not the most stable model in my collection it certainly won’t be blown over either. 



Once assembled, the now familiar form of the shiny new airbrush again graced my corner of the dining room table and several progressively brighter coats of colour were added to give me a base to work on. Once completed additional highlights and details were applied until I was happy that I had done justice to this fine model. It was at this point that a curious thought entered my mind, perhaps ‘Old Nick’ was paying a visit on someone, but who could it be? A quick rummage around the lead hillock saw me discover a hitherto unopened bag of Benedictine Monks from ‘Conquest Games’. My eyes immediately fell upon the chap with his head in a book; perhaps oblivious to what was behind him? The monk, not providing me with the most taxing of decisions when it came to colour palette, gave me the opportunity to link the two together with the deliberate decision to paint the cover of his great tome red, but what was he reading? Initially I thought that he might be reading some form of arcane incantation to protect himself from the Dark Lord behind him, but what if it were something more illicit? Perhaps a rediscovered digest of forbidden images? Suddenly I had it, three saucy Succubi! Yes another order to ‘Heresy Miniatures’ and vision was complete. These lovely ‘ladies’ were give a similar paint job to our cloven hoofed one and with the addition of a ‘floating’ base I was able to create some form of narrative to this latest theme round, just remember, someone is always watching you!



19 comments:

  1. Awesome model , and paintjob - screams "Legend" to me... wish I had an excuse to buy it too... it might work in Empire of the Dead, but that's a bit of a stretch! ;-)

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    1. Thank you Scott, definitely channelling Legend when painting this beasty.

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  2. What a cool bunch of miniatures! Lovely paint work and the red looks amazing. Excellent. Cheers

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    1. Thank you, it certainly went through a few shades!

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  3. Probably I wouldn't have the patience for such a large model.

    Very well done, Sir Michael !

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    1. I have to confess it nearly got scrapped a couple of times during the building stage.

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  4. You may be missing from the regular posts but you really get it cracking here

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, the bonus rounds are providing some much needed distraction at the moment.

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  5. brilliant and terrifying - pretty sure that's the definition of awesome

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    1. That's incredibly kind of you, thank you.

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  6. stunning... I think you may have a winner for the whole challenge there

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    1. Now stop it, you'll make me blush! Thank you nonetheless though Dave.

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  7. Gah! You are just too talented and imaginative. Always a delight to see what you come up with.

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    1. Thank you Sean, the theme rounds are my only form of escape at the moment, so thrilled to have so positive feedback.

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  8. Christ on a crutch man, this is jaw droppingly good. Now would you please stop it and give the rest of us a chance to win something?

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    1. Anne, thank you so much, greatly appreciated and I'm sorry!

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  9. We are not worthy! Did you sell off your children to acquire these skills?
    Cheer, PD

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    1. That's where they went! ;) Thank you Peter.

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  10. You just don't let up do you mate? Another absolutely stunning bonus round entry.

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