jeudi 27 juin 2024

Greek mythology: of Minotaurs and Amazons, and more

Hi! 

What if I could write a post with tags such as 'Ancients', 'Fantasy', and '1/72' ? Yes it is possible, I promise... let's have a look at some 1/72 creatures from the Greek mythology!



A few years ago, Dark Alliance began to produce Fantasy figures from various universes, something rarely seen before, since only Caesar had produced this sort of sets before - all out of prod nowadays, and incredibly difficult to find at a fair price!

Some of their figures are clearly related to Greek mythology, for instance the Minotaurs:


And this is my painted version:


The first Minotaurs have a very classical color scheme, so I wanted to try something else:

This white figure can be seen as a boss, or as an infernal version of a Minotaur - what do you think of him ?

Next set, the Centaurs:


One of them made an appearance in the 2020 Advent Calendar in this blog - you can see the related post here.

Dark Alliance also released a set containing Cyclops, a dream come true:



If you read this blog for some time, you will remember the post dedicated to this very nice figure.

Dark Alliance also made a set dedicated to Amazons, but I must admit that it is far from my favourite (the sculpting is not the best, and my copy had too much flash). Fortunately, Linear A also released a set dedicated to these female warriors, and this time, the figures are really great:




Last but not least, the Hydra. I had to search among my oldest 25mm figures to find a relevant model, a wonderful Ral Partha figure bought some 40 years ago :)

This old snake fits well with a Dark Alliance Amazon. Here is a link to a post dedicated to this figure, one of the first of this blog back in 2016.

I now have enough figures to add 6 elements to my HoTT Greek mythology army (the Greeks themselves are ready for a long time, see here), but there will be further developments. I would like to add:

- some more of the above figures, of course

- a Harpy: I have an old 25mm citadel figure that could do the job

- a Sphinx: a 28mm figure from Reaper Bones - maybe a bit large but I haven't an alternative yet, tell me if you have any idea

- some gods represented with 25mm figures

 And I'm sure that even more is possible. All suggestions welcome!

I hope you found this post useful, or at least recreative :)

23 commentaires:

  1. Superb work! No one renders skin tones quite like you.

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    1. Thank you very much Jonathan! I try to do my best, particularly on Amazons (they really deserve it)!

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  2. Very nice work! Great to see all of them together.

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  3. Excellent paint jobs on these figures.
    Alan Tradgardland

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  4. Perfect painted man-cows! Hydra is such nice looking for 1/72 mimiatures sets.

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    1. Thank you very much Strategist! I have another one (Citadel from the 80s) to paint, it should look nice too.

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  5. Very nice figures. You probably know about the Arcane Legions' figures. They are also some that could be painted up to look quite decent.

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    1. Thank you Ernie. Oh yes I know, I once tried to buy some second hand, bad luck, they were gone already.

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  6. Beautiful! Don't forget to paint up a gorgon (Medusa). I particularly like the old Grenadier model from the Monsters of Mythology box set. I think Mirliton may still be selling it.

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    1. Thank you Eric! Medusa would be great! I'm not fond of the Grenadier version, I wonder if the Reaper Bones or the Wargames Foundry would match (meaning: not too large) the 1/72 figures.

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    2. Both Reaper and Foundry gorgons are pretty large, but if you like the snake-body gorgons, the Citadel Night Horrors version is also an option (if you can find it).

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  7. Wonderful work! I especially liked the gray minataur, the Cyclops and the Amazons. Add some of your hoplites and you would have a beautiful Greek mythological skirmish game.

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    1. Thank you Mark! I already have a few hoplites, but I need more to field a HotT army. So back to the brushes... :)

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  8. Great painting on those models Phil, congratulations! I tried once Greek mythology in 10mm but sold it all in the end. Perhaps I should now try it again but with 1/72 scale, and helped with 3d printing for rare monsters.

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    1. Thanks Blacksmith! Oh I would love to see your version of these nice figures, and I guess that your future 3D models will be highly interesting.

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  9. Excellent paintjob on all these figures. And I like them to, maybe some day I add them to my collection!
    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Thank you Peter! Yes please, show us what you can do with these figs!

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