Old Mini Monday 19 – Fantasy 09

Old Mini Monday 19 – Fantasy 09

Background

While visiting my brother, he rounded up all his old painted minis and let me borrow the box of them to share on the blog.

Miniatures

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From Left to Right: FTF7 – The Cimmerian, FTF6 – Eastern Fighter with Scimitar , ?

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Manufacturer

Ral Partha

 

Characters/Minis

“The Cimmerian” is an obvious knockoff of the famous Conan character. Just so happens that I’ve been listening to the audiobooks of Conan stories, that feature the original (unedited) works by Robert E Howard. I hadn’t read Conan in the past, and mainly knew him from the movies, and a few comics. Pretty interesting stuff, for being published quite some time ago. Not sure if most people realize that he comes from Scotland, or that he is pretty smart, just uncivilized, and more lithe than muscle-bound. I had heard some of that about the original character, but I guess that’s getting more reinforced from the source material. My brother seem to have painted the mini to look a little more like Rambo. At least to me.

I also liked that Easter Fighter with Scimitar, makes a great unique looking warrior or assassin.

Tangent – What’s Going On?

Nothing really for a tangent this time. We got back from a great vacation, and then I ended up super sick on the way back. I’m a little depressed by all the posts on all the blogs I follow, and not really any hope of catching up on all of them sadly. Health wise, I feel like I’m on the mend, but not 100%. Work is ramping up like a room filled with beehives and 6 feral cats on the drugs. Not sure what all that’s going to do with my painting hobby, but lately I’m in-between wanting to do a little painting and just not having the energy. I did some super minor stuff yesterday, just to tell myself I could get something done. I’ll try to just keep pushing myself on that front for the time being, so I’ll eventually have stuff to share.

We did get our first game of Blitz Bowl played, and that’s pretty interesting to me. The last issue of White Dwarf included cards for the Dark Elf team for the game, which is nice. I think I want to get one more game in, then write up a blog post about it.

Stay healthy, and if I haven’t commented on your blog in awhile, that’s my lame excuses above!

25 thoughts on “Old Mini Monday 19 – Fantasy 09

  1. Yeah, glad the holiday went well. I didn’t know Blitz Bowl was even out? I’ll have to see if it’s in the UK yet so I can get hold of it. I’m with you on the work stuff as well as no energy. I’m barely painting, and posting even less right now. Need to get that round up done last weekend, so hopefully I’ll get it completed this weekend…

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    1. Thanks Azazel. Blitz Bowl is a Barnes & Noble exclusive. I really wish they hadn’t done that, as it’s made it really difficult for people outside the US to get ahold of (pretty much the majority of Blood Bowl players). Heh, I started to type up a response about painting, and as usual, it’s getting long…so I might just work it into a post today.

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  2. The original Conan stories are (mostly) way, way better than any of the pastiches or later attempts. Not to say they don’t have their issues, but as stories, and particularly Conan’s character, they’re very good stuff.

    I’m not sure what that last mini might have been called by the manufacturer, but the first thing that came to my mind was “Chump with Glaive” 😉

    Hope you feel better soon!

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    1. Ah, I should have asked you if you had a fave Conan story. The audio book isn’t really good about giving story names for some reason, but the murder mystery one was my least favorite so far. I’ve found some to be okay, and I think really great for their time, but overall not really my favorite stories.

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      1. Beyond the Black River is hands down the best. The Black Stranger, Rogues in the House, The Phoenix on the Sword, The Servants of Bit-Yakin (a.k.a. Jewels of Gwaluhr), and Hour of the Dragon are all faves of mine as well.

        “Murder mystery” sounds like The God in the Bowl. Not one of his best, no. There are definitely some that he clearly knocked out quickly just because he needed the paycheck, and approach the stereotypical image of the character.

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        1. Yep, you got it “God In the Bowl”. With a title like that, you’d think it would be pretty awesome. I found it pretty dumb, as a barbarian is caught at the scene of the crime, yet they want to play murder mystery. I’m pretty sure they would just string a lone outsider up without a thought. Looks like I haven’t got to Beyond the Black River yet.

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          1. As I recall, it was just because the one Senator or whatever he was had some obsession with justice, and if basically anyone else had been around, that would have been it for Conan.

            There are two major orderings of Conan stories (as well as a bunch of collections that are more or less random), by the order Howard wrote them, or by the order they occurred in Conan’s life. Either way, Beyond the Black River is one of the later ones.

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              1. That’s my preferred order of the two. As someone else put it, when they’re in Biographical order, there’s this sense of manifest destiny, like Conan was on the road to be King of Aquilonia from when he first left Cimmeria. In Written order, it feels more just like someone who’s been pretty much everywhere and done pretty much everything recounting tales as they come to mind, which feels both more realistic and more true to Conan’s character.

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                1. They talk about that quite a bit in the preface. I think I would have been inclined to make those same edits, so that people could follow the character from his roots. But it makes enough sense the way Howard did it, and I like reading it that way.

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                    1. Yeah, that’s the first volume of the collection. It’s the most hit or miss of the three volumes, due to A) being the earliest-written works in the series and B) having by far the largest number of individual stories. The other two volumes have three and five rather longer stories, respectively, and only one of those eight is outright bad (Man-Eaters of Zamboula/Shadows in Zamboula). A Witch Shall Be Born and Red Nails are good stories in a technical sense (well-constructed plots, etc., and Red Nails is, thematically, a companion piece to Beyond the Black River), but the treatment of sexuality gets even sketchier than usual for Howard.

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                    2. Oh wow, thanks for the reply! I didn’t realize there was another two volumes and good to know that the material gets better. Guess those are going on my read list now.

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  3. Like the Eastern Fighter! Hope you’re feeling better soon and get your mojo back – sometimes I just paint a bit just to say I’ve done something! You don’t need to catch up on my posts ’cause they’re all just waffle anyway and I’m not going to get offended by anyone not liking/reading them (people say I’m too dim to be offended anyway)! 🙂

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    1. Great minds like the same minis! Thanks JNV, yea I just posted about getting back into things. My plan for catching up is to probably hit the blogs of those who post here regularly. I don’t know that I will ever get completely caught up though. If not, onwards, right?!

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      1. There are only so many hours in the day, but it’s your day so play it your way! Crickey, that sounds a bit like Mid-Week Musings mixed with poetry to me, so that’ll have to stop! I’ll look forward to whatever you post, whenever you get the chance to post it!

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  4. I like the dude with the scimitar. What an imposing sword that is. Glad you’re on the mend man. I too have been a little unwell which is a Bitch when you work for yourself because I can’t have a day off haha. I’m usually able to push on no matter what but I’ve been struggling. I think we all hit a bit of flat spot in the hobby from time to time. The best thing about the hobby is that there’s no pressure. If you don’t get something painted who cares?! You’ll get to it eventually and when you do you’ll enjoy it all the more. I was hoping to do a bit of painting tonight but I think I’ll have a serious case of CBF haha

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    1. Don’t make me fly down and glue a paintbrush to your hand! Get to painting! Nah, I feel like I needed to give myself a bit of a kick in the pants. Yea, there has been other stuff, but I just need to push and get some done. Wait, maybe you didn’t read that post yet….durrrh. Yea, working for yourself is a drag. My Wife is in a similar spot, her job is commissions base, so if she ain’t selling it, she ain’t making money. Makes vacations and other time off a bit of a drag.

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