Into the Silver Tower: Blanka, the Ogroid Thaumaturge

And the award for most pretentious name given to a class of model 2016 goes to…

The Ogroid Thaumaturge! ’cause GW can’t own the more classic Ogre Mage.

(“Traumaturge” would have been a great name for this one)

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After a harrying time fighting through the streets beating up all the little girls and beefy men around the Silver Tower, Blanka finally found his way in and entered the service of the Gaunt Summoner. Here his innate ability to give electric shocks was enhanced to include many other magical attacks and he was blessed with horns, hooves and a ram rod.


Ogroid Thaumaturge

from the Silver Tower game set

Games Workshop, 2016

Polystyrene plastic

50mm base


Painted so far this month: 28

Painted so far this year: 324


Into the Silver Tower: Skaven Deathrunners

This month I have been painting just small drips and dabs here and there in between everything else in what little time I have had for such things. So I have not really been able to do all that much. But I did get few hours in yesterday, and so I managed to actually finish off the Skaven from the Silver Tower:


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I should have taken individual pictures, as the left mini is chronically a bit out of focus.


Anyway, I did not want to make them too different as they are supposed to be identical in the game, one being an illusion of the actual assassin.


With the deathrunner scurrying about in his tower I imagine the Gaunt Summoner goes like this:



Skaven Deathrunner Assassins

from the Silver Tower game set

Games Workshop, 2016

Polystyrene plastic

32mm bases.



Painted so far this month: 27

Painted so far this year: 323

The Ghoul Warlock

Another Ghoul, although unrelated to the previous goon squad. This one is from the RAFM Call of Cthulhu kickstarter.




The Ghoul Warlock was one of the unlocked stretch goals. He (obviously a he, what with the full frontal nudity and all) has an overlarge monster mouth, great big goat ears and cloven hooves.

So here he is in an animated pose, I imagine he is riling his troops, throwing a spell or maybe a tantrum.


Ghoul Warlock

RAFM co.

the Call of Cthulhu 7th ed line


30mm base


Painted so far this month: 25

Painted so far this year: 321


The Ghoul Goon Squad

Between receiving both the Conan and the Others 7 Sins KS pledge rewards, I have been spending my time gawking at all the lovely new shiny plastic minis.

My first impressions, both Conan and The Others:

The Mins are awesomely detailed, even though they are in preassembled “board game plastic” I can see very little flash, just a few pieces with visible mould lines. Some of the abominations have mould lines running down their long thin arms and/ or tentacles though. I also see that some minis have a small hole or mark where the sprue has been cut or broken off, and this is usually somewhere around the midriff or thigh-areas.

Qualitywise the minis are on par with the level of excellence achieved in Blood Rage, and for the most part better than Cthulhu Wars (the latter do have some mould line issues but are otherwise great (…old ones). Keeping in mind that all these minis are made in board game platic and not resin.

Some of the preassembled minis will be problematic to get access to paint all visible details, what with all the mouths within mouths and great big tusken teeth, especially the Others’ Avatar of Envy.

Game components seem to be well printed and in good quality board game cardstock. I must admit I have not bothered with looking too closely at the boards books and bits yet,.. still ogling those fabulous minis. The books seem well laid out, in full glossy colour and have lots in illustrations though out. Whether the game itself is worth playing remains to be seen.

Also, there are rather a lot of minis here! Enough to keep one occupied for months to come!

At any rate, as far as the minis go, both thumbs and a fair amount of tentacles up!

so, with that off my chest, I painted some old Citadel Ghouls that I recently traded in.



I just love these old Warhammer 5th ed Ghoul sculpts. The best Ghouls ever made in my opinion. I do have a bunch of these from earlier, but on those itty bitty 20mm square bases they originally came with.  I painted these quite differently. And quickly.



Warhammer Fantasy Battles, the Vampire Counts faction

Games Workshop


30mm bases


Painted so far this month: 24

Painted so fer this year: 320




Souls of the Damned

In Shadows of Brimstone the Caverns of Cynder expansion, there are rules for Cynder-versions of two of the monster types in the Swamps of Death base game.

With the first wave of the KS rewards came an extra set of the base game minis, so I had some I could paint up as the varients.

One of which is Hellbats becoming LavaBats, and the other is The Hungry Dead becoming Souls of the Damned:



Now, there should have been 12 of these, but for some reason I did four of them earlier as regular Hungry Dead. So now there are only 8 left to do as spirits….

…but not to despair! We gotsa lotsa Bones to pick!


With a bunch of leftover Stetson-wearing Bones from the KS that otherwise probably never would have seen a lick of paint, the ticket is filled nicely.

Painted with coloured ink washes over light grey undercoat, when dry this was followed by drybrushing with very light versions of the base colours. Basically I used these to try out different combinations of colours to see what would work. Some turned out better than others.

I used black flock on a black base since Cynder is all burned and charred (and I simply could not be arsed to do lava bases).


Souls of the Damned (aka The Hungry Dead)

from Shadows of Brimstone Swamps of Death base set.

Flying Frog Productions

HIPS plastic

30mm bases


and 6 assorted Bones Cowboys and -gals

Reaper Miniatures

Bonesium PVC

30mm bases


Painted so far this month: 14

Painted so far this year: 310