Ye Pile of Olde: Papa Growler

Another ancient mini from around the turn of the century, the Big Bull of the Razorback Growlers, from FASA corp’s Vor: the Maelstrom game.

The game was a sci-fi skirmish game set in a universe dominated by “the maelstrom” which mashed bits of different worlds together, leading to many possible cultures clashing.

The Growlers were an alien race of massive brutes, probably sculpted by Kev Adams the Goblin King. They very much look like Squigs with massive body builder bodies jacked up on über-steoriods.

Case in point:

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This is the last of the old Growlers I had left to paint, and it had gone missing for some time. I rediscovered it more than a year ago, and the mini has been sitting around on the little shelf on my paint station for ages, getting in the way and falling all over everything each time I moved it. The main reason for it to just stand there was my lack of inspiration on a colour scheme for it.

I found that enough was enough and just painted it without really considering any end result, and just went with the flow as it were. choosing colours as I went. The result was a bit strange, methinks.

And now it is off my little shelf. Suddenly it seems like something is missing from there. I will probably end up placing some other large mini there instead.


Growler Razorback Bull

Vor: the Maelstrom (year 1999)

by FASA corp.


50mm base


Painted so far this month: 3

Painted so far this year: 367

More Miniatures from Dead Games….awww so CUTE!

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Vor: the Maelstom. Yet another dead game I have minis from, a whole pack of Growlers.

But these baby growlers are so cute! I have at last found Papa Growler, just need to get it painted up and I can take a family shot!


Baby Growlers

Vor: the Maelstrom, Growlers Faction

FASA Entertainment


25mm bases


Painted so far this month / year: 6

National day off = painted Growler

Moving on through the shelf of half-abandoned minis, we get to the Papa Growler. This is not the biggest, I believe I should have an even larger one in a more impressive pose lying around somewhere. But I have not seen it for quite some years. Going to need to do a little search mission one of these days. I have foud a couple of much smaller ones though.Going to do those in short order soon. then we get a little family of growlers of sorts.

But at any rate this one is done.

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These massive muscular beasts are a joy to do in colour gradients, if you would call this kind of effect a “gradient”.

Not entirely satisfied with the horns/spines/claws though. The top layer was too strongly opaque and spoiled the effect I was going for.

Off the shelf of shame, chapter IV: A New Hope

Another month, another blog post. Being bogged down by work for several weeks has left little time for playing around with miniatures, and nothing new to show off here on the blog.

Mostly I can grab half an hour here and half an hour there and often just som prep. Sometimes I find that it is somewhat off-putting even to begin painting a new miniature (needing to actually think about what colors and techniques to use…), and then it is more recreational to simply do prepwork and build stuff instead. Luckily I still have masses and masses of unbuilt kickstarter rewards lying about, and also some ebay purchases to make ready for painting. I have more then I will ever finish. Certainly at this pace.

I am also rather flighty and tend to start off a few things, and then leave them unfinished for some time. So my shelf of shame is brimming.

This time around I have the following done:

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1. A Growler, from the defunct game Vor: the Maelstrom. This one has the feel of Kev Adams the Goblinmaster about it. Basically a Warhammer Squig that also has a body to match, or a Warzone Razide with a Squig for a head. I do not really remember much of the game apart from something about the Maelstrom was ripping worlds apart/ out of their own realities, and smushing them toghether, creating a game setting where literally anything could happen. Growlers were omnivorous aliens that absorbed properties of what they ate, and therefore were quite deadly in close combat.


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2. Wormpile from Hell Dorado. I only got the Hell Dorado rulebook yesterday and have not had a time to read much of it yet. Suffice to say, it’s a Hell of a setting to put a wargame in, and has some really nice miniatures! The wormpile is some sort of demonic entity, comprised of masses and masses of maggoty worms, and some bits and pieces of earlier victims. I have no idea how good or bad it might be in battle.


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3. Mantic Werewolf from their Kings of War Kickstarter, this is the first test subject. I have nine of so lying about. Not really satisfied with this one. Maybe grey or black is the way to go, instead of fleshy tones. See comment about the base below.


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4. Unknown. I do not remember where this comes from. It is not a Citadel miniature. I have a suspicion it might be some sort of Dungeons & Dragons mini from Wizards of the Coast from the series they released during the early 2000s, or something Cthulhoid from the same period. It is made in a yellowish, hard metal. Not lead.

Edit: This is a Mage Knight Graveworm


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Here I have tried out the Citadel Earth technical some more, making it look like dried out, cracked mud. Still not pleased with the effect, as the cracks are rather smaller than I would like.

Also, here I learned that whatever colour is beneath it will show in the cracks.