Saturday, 31 August 2013

Foundry release Citadel Mercenaries and Blandford Warriors

Foundry have found the moulds for these old Citadel figures and they have gone on sale today at Oldhammer and are now on general sale (images of the original Citadel figures from Stuff of Legends):

They would make great Empire figures!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Latest editions to my John Blanche collection

Today I am a very happy man indeed. I have acquired some of the pit slaves and hive workers from John's gang that is illustrated in Blanchitsu in White Dwarf April 2013. Just stunning...

Saturday, 24 August 2013

The Bryan Ansell collection: more Dark Elves

This time Citadel rather than Marauder. All 3rd edition unless I'm mistaken. The blue skin theme continues, and the more I see of it the more I like it. Although the very pale looks good too...

Sunday, 18 August 2013

The Bryan Ansell collection: Marauder Miniatures and Citadel Miniatures Dark Elves

Now, I'm in two minds when it comes to Dark Elves in general, and I don't really know why. I can't quite make up my mind as to whether I think they are just a bit meh, or if actually I think they're fantastic. Take these positives:

- I dont have an issue with the concept of there being a "dark" form of an elf (I imagine some people may take issue with this), in fact it's quite fun.
- I tend to associate them with the Melniboneans of Moorcock, which is a positive association for me, even though I know that in the 1980s Citadel Melniboneans eventually became absorbed into the High Elves range rather than Dark Elves.
- They tend to be painted in blue or palid colour schemes, which I like the look of.
- In general I like the sculpts (right from the first Perry preslotta ones), with few exceptions, and many of them demonstrate a good combination of being aloof and cruel.

So there you have it. No idea what my problem is but I tend to overlook these guys. Oddly enough I have the same attitude to their scifi brethren, the Dark Eldar. Ho hum.

Anyway, on to today's post which focusses on the Marauder Miniatures Dark Elves. Now these are nicely painted, although I'm afraid I dont know who painted them (if you do please leave a comment). Enjoy.

Here's some scans of the original adverts that featured these figures (images from Orclord's Stuff of Legends site):

And as a bit of a bonus, here's a few Citadel Dark Elves from Bryan's collection:

The three figures on the left are from the Collectors' range and are the actual figures that appeared in the adverts of the time. The figure on the right may well have been from this range too since there are a couple of gaps in this range.

Here are the pics from the CCM wiki that illustrate these Collectors' Dark Elves:

The sharp-eyed among you will notice that the shapes of the bases are different in the two groups of figures. I have no idea why!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

The Bryan Ansell collection: Marauder Miniatures Empire Fighters and Flagellants

I love these figures! So much character and they look great lined up in units on the battlefield. Bryan Ansell has a good deal of the original painted figures from the following ranges in his collection:

- MM60 Fighters
- MM61 Fighter Command
- MM65 Heroes of the Empire - Reiksgard
- MM65 Empire Flagellants

Here are a selection of the actual painted figures released between 1988 and 1991 and appeared in the White Dwarf ads of the time. Oddly, I've noticed that some of them do not seem to have the same shields that they had in White Dwarf, although they are definitely the same figures...

Also, a random Citadel Knight and Fighter from Bryan's collection:

The original catalogue pages containing the Marauder figures can be seen on Orclord's Stuff of Legends: