Saturday, December 31, 2016

Conan, King of Aquilonia

For my final model of 2016, I painted King Conan (who is called Amra the Lion in the game for some reason, even though that is Conan's pirate alias). I believe this model represents Conan from The Phoenix on the Sword, specifically when he's defending himself from the assassins and grabs an ancient axe from the wall of his bedchamber. To reference this, I painted the axe to look old but well-cared for, accentuating the cracks molded into the blade.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Conan: Khosatral Khel

Khosatral Khel is the evil sorcerer from The Devil in Iron, and as such is the first villain that I've painted. While I had intended to paint all of the heroes first, I couldn't resist painting Khel because he's so similar looking to Conan. I don't have any particular attachment to the character; it just seemed like the time to paint him.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Conan: Taurus of Nemedia, Prince of Thieves

Taurus is the thief Conan meets in Tower of the Elephant. Like Shevatas, he dies very soon after he's introduced, but he's a tremendously interesting and likeable character for those few pages. I would have preferred him to be the thief in the base box, but I can see why he isn't. While I applaud Monolith for sculpting Taurus with the belly that he has in the story, it's very different from the aesthetic of every other model in the game.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Conan: Shevatas, Master Thief of Zamora

Shevatas is a thief from Black Colossus. He only appears in the story briefly before accidentally awakening the sorcerer Thugra Khotan and being summarily dispatched. However, you can play as him in the Conan boardgame, as he is the thief available in the base box.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Conan: Valeria of the Red Brotherhood

Valeria is one of my favorite characters from the Conan stories, appearing in the excellent Red Nails. She's a pirate of the Red Brotherhood as well as an expert swordswoman who can give Conan a fair fight. Honestly, I would really have preferred to have her in the basic game rather than Belit (though I acknowledge that Belit adds a different type of character, while Valeria is another fighter).

Friday, December 23, 2016

Product Review: Eccentric Miniatures Adapter Rings

I wanted to convert all of Space Marines to 32mm bases, as I've been impressed at how they look compared to 25mm bases. However, this proved to be expensive as I needed over 300 conversions. Therefore, I went for the least expensive option I could find: Eccentric Miniatures.

They're polystyrene and come on sprues of 4, and you get 100 for $22. The edges are beveled so they fit tightly against a 25mm base, leaving no gap on the surface of the base.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Conan the General

The final Conan I'm going to paint for the moment is Conan as a general. I think this is supposed to represent Conan from the end of Black Colossus, where Conan takes command of the army of Khoraja and is given armor to fit his new station. Initially, I thought I was really going to like this model. After all, heavily armored warriors are kind of my thing, and Conan the General is the type of model I'm comfortable painting. The armor on this model is unique and nicely detailed. However, actually painting it exposed a number of flaws.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Conan the Warlord

The next version of Conan depicts him as a Warlord. I envision this version as depicting Conan from A Witch Shall Born. This is my favorite version, from the pose to the cape to the giant axe. I just really dig this model. Unfortunately, it seems to have a bit of a casting problem, and his face is a bit droopy on one side. I did my best to hide it with painting.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Conan the Mercenary

The next version of Conan is depicted as a mercenary. He's better armored and equipped than the previous versions. I feel like this is how Conan would appear at the beginning of Black Colossus, though it would also fit most of his pirate stories.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Conan the Wanderer

I had so much fun painting the original Conan model that I decided to continue through and paint all of the versions of Conan. This probably isn't the best idea as you should only be using one Conan per scenario, and I should really concentrate on some other heroes, but I wanted to paint more Conan.

I chose the next model in Conan's career path, Conan the Wanderer. This model also represents a young and inexperienced Conan, though I'm not sure what story he specifically fits. However, he is a much slimmer Conan, much more representative of how Robert E. Howard described the character.

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