Thursday, 18 August 2016

The Holy Grail has been found!

The other night while sitting down for tea we had a bit of family drama while the eldest decided to choke on a Yorkshire Pudding [I blame Aunte Bessie, the wife's are usually mcuh better]. Anyway, in the midst of him vomming into the kitchen sink the doorbell rang, which we rightly ignored. Then a minute or two later the house phone rang, which was also ignored. Then my mobile rang and I saw it was my brother, I answered it just to say I'd call back later but inbetween my information he managed to explain he'd left something on my doorstep.

After the situation with my son was thanfully resolved I had chance to look at what it was. It was a concertina folder that mainly contained a couple of old White Dwarf's, a tin full of all the Blood Bowl 2nd edition Star Player cards and a bunch of art prints by the likes of John Blanche and other classic WD artists [I may well scan some in]. But there in the bottom were two figures, one rather unremarkable dwarf the other was the figure that started it all!

I described this guy originally here and more recently on Michael Corr's Better Know a Blogger feature. This is the first figure I ever bought!


And concurrently the first figure I ever painted, I think I've improved a little bit. As you can see Humbrol enamels do a great job of covering up all the deatils.


Clearly the sculptor was a little inspired by the Mighty Thor and possibly Hulk Hogan, I find his oversized head just a little amusing though. Interestingly I checked underneath to see the manufacturer but there was nothing aside from a barely visible number 3 so I don't know the manufacturer or anything.


I will definitely be stripping him down to repaint at some point. He deserves that at least but for the time being I'll revel in all his original glory. Anyway, I'm over the moon at finding this, or more accurately, having it materialise out of thin air. I'm sure you can all see the importance in it regardless of it's physical properties. This made me very happy indeed.

UPDATE

I just asked on the 'eavier metal facbeook page if anyone recognised it and a guy called Jean-Baptiste Garidel had this to say:
Asgard miniatures, still available from Alternative armies and Vikking forge. Oh and it was sculpted by no other than Jes Goodwin.
 He then shared this link: www.alternative-armies.com/products/bp3-beasthelm


And you can also get him here: www.thevikingforge.net/BP-03.html


So, he's called Beasthelm [actually that's a mistake in the reissue name, he is in fact Kern the Reaver], still available and is a Jes Goodwin model, that's amazing! Also note I put that notch in his axe myself - I was modifying even my first miniature!

www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Barbarian_Personalities_%28Asgard%29


23 comments:

  1. Pretty good job for your first mini I think!

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  2. amazing! really cool to get to see it :)

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  3. The before and after is going to be mega epic :)

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    1. Hopefully, fingers crossed. I've a few old models that ened revamping I may do them all at once.

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  4. You should buy a new copy and paint that and keep the original as a nice reminder.

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    1. You may have a point there, if there was no way to get a new one then it wouldn't be an issue but now I can get a freshly cast version it;d make sense,

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    2. Be really cool to buy like five copies and paint one every five years or so. History of your skill, so to speak

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  5. I really hope you painted him as a homage to Hulk Hogan! That golden mane is magnificent.

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    1. Could have done, I mean he had to be blonde, all vikings are blonde, right?

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  6. This old small soldier has an incredible vintage taste, and maybe the thing that is more strong is comparing this old sculpt with the newest: the gap is astonishing, but both the "school" have something to say. I'd like to know if you are going to paint it in a modern style or in a classic one!

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    1. I've no idea yet, part of me would want to do a new version of my old scheme, it's interesting to see the modern paint job on the model from alternative armies.

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  7. Awesome! I definitely agree with Nogle - Paint up a new one and keep the old one as-is! It'd make a cool momento, I really wish I had some of my original models from when I started ages ago, so it's always cool to see folks who do. :)

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    1. I was just really lucky to have it found for me, without any knowledge of it's sentimental value. I think you and nogle are right it deserves to stay as is. I've already stripped some other older miniatures so this can remain in it's original [wonky-eyed] condition. I'll try and pick a new one up to paint :)

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  8. My first model was the Heroquest Barbarian; still have him to this day. So happy for you finding this particular model, congrats!

    I started out with poster paints which summarily fell off the plastic! haha.

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    1. I still have my Heroquest Barbarian, he was painted around 1995-96. I was at university and it was just another thing to keep me busy. I was painting mainly my Empire army but as I came to the end of uni finally went hobby sober until falling off the wagon in 2010.

      http://www.40kaddict.uk/2011/02/heroquest.html

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  9. You're lucky, my first two armies are gone. Fantasy chaos and imperial guard. At a convention in 1998 they were in a rifle case and were stolen. Oldest army I still own are my pre heresy world eaters I started in 1999.just broke 10k points

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  10. Nice find! It will be awesome to see the progress between the two.

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