Ronnie the Bard

A kickstarter exclusive from the Kings of War 2 KS.

I painted this mini for the Reaper forums bimonthly resolutionary painting challenge first bonus challenge, which is simply to paint a mini in a jumping/springing pose.



This is a rendition of Ronnie Renton the owner/ leader/ director of Mantic Games as Ronaldo the Bard. And something of an in-joke at Mantic it would seem.

I need to complain a bit about Mantic’s metal alloy. It is too soft. This mini snapped in two different places. One was the feather in the cap, which I had to glue back slightly differently than it originally was; and the other was the right foot, which snapped clean off the first time I tried to dry fit the mini in a slotted base. Which explains why the ankle is a bit lumpy now.

Add to this that the miniscule truscale Mantic uses makes most details really small…argh. It does look much better IRL when not massively magnified.

And I used Blackadder the First’s “Earl of Doncaster” outfit as an inspiration. I did paint the britches in colour and not in black, to give the mini more of a festive air.


Ronaldo the Bard

Kings of War 2 kickstarter exclusive mini

Mantic Games


30mm base


Painted so far this month: 21  / 31.  10 to go!

Painted so far this year: 85 / 365. Just 280 to go!

Harlequin Minotaur

In the late 1990s Harlequin miniatures was the Mantic of the day. Making cheap, no-brand minis specifically aimed at Warhammer Fantasy. The used several sculptors with a variable results. Many og the minis they released were just terrible. But then there were the minis by Kev White. The same Kev White known for Hasslefree Miniatures these days.

Here is one:


This is one of the few Kev White Harlequin minis I did not own back in the day. Luckily I was able to trade for it some months ago, together with several other goodies.

And now it is painted. I opted to do this one simply and not go piebald or ruin it with bad tattoos. I suck at freehand.



Harlequin Miniatures, late 1990s

sculpted by Kev White


50mm base


Painted so far this month: 20  / 31.  11 to go!

Painted so far this year: 84 / 365. Just 281 to go!

The Great Goblin of the Misty Mountains

Down, down to Goblin Town! Time for another stab at the Great Goblin.

The first time around, I bungled up the skin colour completely, leaving the Great Goblin a dank, purplish mess. Especially as the thing is mostly skin.

Disgusted with my failure, I threw the mini into the Drawer of Shame to fester for many months.


Time to set things right, this second try to fix the skin turned out better. Too bad I could not be arsed to fill and smooth the lines from where the parts went together.

Now it can lead the matching Goblins Town Goblins I painted last year.


The Elephant Man  The Great Goblin

from the Hobbit: Escape from Goblin Town game set

Games Workshop

HIPS plastic

50mm base



Painted so far this month: 19  / 31.  12 to go!

Painted so far this year: 83 / 365. Just 282 to go!

Flaming Cows!

One of the more interesting items from the Mars Attacks! kickstarter is the burning cattle token that got upgraded to a mini.

“Burning cattle” as in a herd of stampeding cows on fire. Yes, on fire as if they were hit with a heat ray, setting the subcuteous fat alight. Oh those Martians are utterly evil. Moo!

This is yet another baseless mini that I made a bespoke one for on my 3Dprinter.


“Herd” in this instance being the massive number of three.

At least it seems my fire painting is coming along nicely.

Now I want some barbeque!


 Burning Cattle

a 3D token from Mars Attacks! the miniatures game

Mantic Games

Rigid PVC

60x35mm oval 3D-printed base.


Painted so far this month: 18  / 31.  13 to go!

Painted so far this year: 82 / 365. Just 283 to go!



No animals were harmed in the painting of this mini.


…and the DreadBall Crystallan Team

These are made in translucent blue plastic. (unlike their MVP. FFS!)

Only Jacks and Guards. It would seem that they are wearing bikinis. Go underwear league!

I enhanced the blue with Vallejo blue ink, and then a light drybrush with light blue. Dark redbrown details with a pale orange over, and Army Painter Red Quickshade ink on top. Dot in the eyes with almost white blue. Bases and done.


Crystallan Team

DreadBall, Season Six

Mantic Games

Translucent blue restic

DreadBall Hex bases.


Painted so far this month: 17  / 31.  14 to go!

Painted so far this year: 81 / 365. Just 284 to go!

DreadBall MVP Crypt. AKA Ben Grimm

The Season six Crystallans are made in translucent blue plastic. But not the MVP.

(as with the Ada-Lorana MVP. Again, WTF Mantic!?! I am sure there is some practical production reason, But FFS! How much more could it possibly have cost to make these moulds together with the teams, or even just shoot these minis together with whoever also is on the same mould with the translucent plastic instead of the regular grey?)

And Crypt will only ever play with Crystallan Teams? Pah!


Seeing as this mini is not translucent, I went with a completely different colour scheme:

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Still not sure which backdrop to go with. Still need to play around with the settings on the camera.

I thought this colour scheme was fitting for a rockmanbearpigthing that has been esxposed to cosmic radiation. Or something.


And yes, the team will shortly be finished as well.


Crypt the Crystallan MVP

DreadBall, Season 6

Mantic Games


DreadBall Hex base


Painted so far this month: 7  / 31.  24 to go!

Painted so far this year: 71 / 365. Just 294 to go!

Dungeon Saga Tortured Souls

I had this idea to jumpstart my Abyssal Kings of War army with the Dungeon Saga minis. So I ordered extra of the Abyssals set, netting me 5 of each instead of 3 of each.


But in KoW, what use is 5 of infantry? On too large bases? Damn it all to Hell! ;P



Which background works better?


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These are like the other Dungeon Saga minis: a bit soft in the details, but still better than alot that has gone before.


Maybe I should have done Lavabases on these?


Tortured Souls

From Dungeon Saga, the Infernal Crypts expansion

(Kings of War Forces of the Abysss faction)

Mantic Games

Rigid PVC

25mm bases


Painted so far this month: 6  / 31.  25 to go!

Painted so far this year: 70 / 365. Just 295 to go!