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.

 

Minotaur

Harlequin Miniatures, late 1990s

sculpted by Kev White

Metal

50mm base

 

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

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

Unfinished business, or: the remainder of the 2015 painting output.

This being a belated catch-up post to round off last year with what I managed to squeeze in the last days of 2015:

So…after 100+ hours travelling the Commonwealth and murdering almost every one and every thing I come across, playing the main quest to several different conclusions… I have at last managed to put Fallout 4 down and no longer play it as compulsively as I did most of December. Now all I need to do is to not start over now that I know what is useful and what is not in the game…

Which means I got to round off 2015 with some more hastily painted minis!

 

First, something hot:

151231 BnB fire

The Campsite Fire from Oathsworn Heroes KS resin scatter terrain, (I need to say that it looks much better IRL, with more sculpted detail than is apparent in the photo).

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77080: Wall of Fire from Reaper Bones KS2. This piece is made in orange coloured transparent Bones PVC.

Obviously, I still struggle with fire.

Oh well, I still have a few more of the transparent Bones to practice with.

Both on 30mm Bases. The Oathsworn one is integral.

next up are the DreadBall Xtreme Scoring Posts (or whatever they are called)

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These are the goals in DreadBall Xtreme. They are seperate pieces because of the varying pitch layouts you can have in the game.

Yes, they are rather simply painted, I just had the need to get these off the shelf.

 

I still have a ton of other bits like crates and barrels from that game to do whenever I get around to it, not to mention similar bits from DeadZone.

DreadBall Xtreme Scoring Posts
From the DreadBall Xtreme basic game set

Dreadball Hex bases
HIPS plastic.

Reaper Bones Shadow

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Another experiment on a transparent Bones. this time the 77369: Shadow.

This one is transparent Purple and I tried to give it a kind of gradient with several colours, but I do not think it worked all that well. I need to put it in front of a bright light to see any of the colours.

I tried to highlight it with a careful drybrush, but that just ruined it further.

I think it might have worked much better if it was clear transparent instead of purple, since the purple is quite dark in itself.

Live and learn.

77369 Shadow

Reaper Miniatures Bones KS2
Bones PVC
30mm base

 

It Came from the 90s!

Harlequin Miniatures Lizardmen:

 

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Three old lead Lizardmen by Harlequin Miniatures round off the year. I found some in the old stash some time ago. For some reason, I really like these minis, even though they are a bit rough in the details.

Keeping it simple, done in much the same colour scheme as the Raptors I did earlier in the year. The shield on the smaller one is not the original for that model (which I could not find).

 

Lizardmen (Warriors or something like that, these minis are likely from at least two different packs)

Harlequin Miniatures

lead metal

30mm bases

 

Total painted in December: 17

 

 

So how did 2015 go?

When I started out 2015 I posted some new years resolutions:

1. Not to buy any miniatures (ebay or otherwise) apart from kickstarters unless said miniatures are funded by my own ebay sales.

I actually managed this one! I sold alot of old stuff on Ebay, and used the money from that for my outside of KS spending. There were just a few purchases from ebay, and the only store purchase was the Age of Sigmar box set. As far as I remember that is.

However…there were many kickstarters…and I think I spent a bit much. Again. But I did manage to not go bananas in the Warpath KS. Maybe I will manage to restrain myself in the pledge manager as well.  There was something I cannot quite out my finger on about that one that made me dial it down to a single dollar.

2. Paint some minis every month

Check. The Reapermini.com forum “resolutionary painting challenge” as a good help here.

3.  Try to complete a project / set of minis / squad before starting another.

I think maybe I will call this a “partial success” as I have completed many squads this year, but no complete armies and no complete game sets. Still have some Shadows of Brimstone left to do before I can say that.

I am rather flighty, and have many different projects started that really are going nowhere…So this one really never had any hope.

Total painted in 2015: 276

I don’t think that is a bad number at all. Of course, I tend towards a sloppyfast “tabletop+” finish, the + being that I go a step or two beyond block colours and I like to do the face and eyes.

 

 

I will be interesting to see what 2016 will bring!

(I just got three big boxes from three different Kickstarters -Dungeon Saga, Zombiecide Black Plague, and the last of the first Cthulhu Wars KS… so I am not lacking in things to paint!)

 

 

 

From Ye Pile of Olde: Raptor Mama

You might have seen the legless raptor I did some weeks ago?

Here is it’s mother:

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The family resemblance is striking, this of course being they are from the same series, the Lizardmen by Harlequin Miniatures, some time in the late nineties or early naughties.

This one was originally a riding beast. I think it looks great on it’s own.

If ever a beast looked both intelligent and ready to kill without warning…

 

Riding Raptor

Harlequin Miniatures

Metal

25x50mm oval base by warbases

 

Painted so far this month: 18

Painted so far this year: 255

 

Ye Pile of Olde: Harlequin Raptor (legless)

I found this Raptor in one of the piles of old miniatures that are lying about the place, and I took mercy upon it, as it only had one leg.

So I mounted it with some wire, slapped some plastic putty over that, and when painted, hid it in the bushes.

 

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…I think it worked.

I love these lizardmen raptors made by Harlequin Miniatures in the 90s. Still one of the better dinosaur-like sculpts out there. And there was a full line up of matching lizardmen, including larger raptors with riders. I made an army for “Raven”, Harlequins battle game, with them back in the day. Maybe I’ll dig them out of storage and rebase them for Kings of War.

 

30mm base, metal.