You know I'm maniac about wings, so I've tried to add wings to my Berserk Garo. Only wings good for this were those of Garo Equip & Prop volume 7 (Winged Garo). Here's the result, and I like it even if those wings are decorative and certainly too small to be functionnal. But in this configuration, this is really my dream Garo :)
These wings remain as an option, they are not glued, just snapped together, I made a 'slot' in green stuff for them, then pinned them with a metal rod, but no glue.
More pictures :1 2 3 4 (top view)
2006 was a great year for Cthulhu fans, with the release of SOTA’s Nightmares of Lovecraft & the awesome Horrorclix Great Cthulhu from Wizkids. SOTA’s were slightly less beautiful than the prototypes but they are for sure a must for all Cthulhu collectors, especially Cthulhu is well done for me. Dagon is very cool but not a big Deep One as described in the books… but finally it’s better like this :)
Horrorclix Cthulhu is also a must, despite its price (ridiculously high on ebay, I had real big luck on this one). Its size, details and painting make it a must too, and his classical design compared to SOTA’s make it a great complement, interesting to see various artist’s views of a same theme.
I had also done my own Great Cthulhu with Spawn action figure, so it completes my Cthulesque trilogy, plus a Cthulhu-like tyranid warrior, that could be viewed as a star spawn (with Forgeworld wings) and a Hive Queen also inspired by the Great Old One. Great Cthulhu really did rise in 2006 !
Regarding the miniatures, it wasn’t such a great year, I’ll remind the Malanthrope from Forge World, Sanguinius from Top Miniatures, Starhip Troopers’s Overseer Bug, the Netherlord II from Heresy, and from Games Workshop, the new chaos lord, the Nurgle Daemon Prince, Tau Commander Shadowsun, and 2 autarchs… Crappy things of the years are the few D&D prepainted miniatures I bought, really badly painted, definitely too expensive for their quality.
Concerning the japanese anime action figures, my best buys this year were Garo Berserk (Equip & Prop vol. 5 from Bandai), incredibly huge action figure, with near perfect finition, the Limited edition Sirbine Aura Battler from Dunbine by Megahouse, the Neo ZX Tole from Guyver by Max Factory, the Bahamut Sin from Final Fantasy Advent Children movie, by Kotobukiya. My first garage kit ever was done, it was Zwauth Aura Battler from Dunbine OVA, excellent sculpt and good quality castings, from Hobbyfan.
2006 was also my first year of collecting super robots & Chogokins, I was very glad to put my hands on CMS Genesic Gaogaigar, CMS Gaofighgar, Bandai Aquarion and Aoshima Mazinkaizer. CMS’ Great Baan Gaan action figure was also a really nice pick.
We knew balrogs, but Games Workshop is releasing a new kind of demon/vampire, named Gûlavhar, on fébruary 2007. This beast doesn't come from Tolkien but from the imagination of GW's designers. Not really fantastic but nice anyway, at a price of 25 EUR, and the wings promise to be useful for further demonic conversions I'm sure to gets my hands on this bad guy... :)
I'm very proud to present you a new miniature line, from the talented guys of Ronin Miniatures, in Italy : Dark Messiah - Prophecy. Here are first detailss I know, this promise to be interesting for all fantasy/roleplay miniature fans, and also provide great stuff for converting 40k minis ;)
Here's a new demon that joined my house today. It's a figure called Zenotic Amon, from Devilman series. This is a cheap action figure (14 $ @ Collectors Gateway, great internet shop BTW) but an awesome one anyway, and worth much more than that. Details are exquisite, you'd nearly think it's a resin kit, and paint application is really good, with purple to . I loved the sleek design, with many scales and spikes, wings that come out of some wounds, ear-wings, the small ring on left hand, and the tail ended by a jaw.
The figure comes with a nice, cabalistic base, and also a part of another 'secret' figure, that you can only assemble when you have all the sets of this serie.
There are many articulations there : hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbow, forearn, and even the jaw can be opened. The wings can be open or closed. The ankles are a bit loose, I've put a drop of superglue to hold them more tightly.
I was really surprised and amazed of this figure, this is another serie I'll watch. Not going to get all figures, but probably 2-3 more (Dante, Winged Devilman...).
Hi, back at least to work on my tyranid Hive Queen, I've been very busy at work and at home the last days, so sorry for the lack of update. Motivation was also a bit down because of the size of the beast to paint. This one will be painted in the red/bone scheme like hive queen 3, as this is a very original model, I want to paint it in a quite traditionnal way. The most boring part is applying the base colours, now it's nearly done, it's going to progress, at least I hope, I'm now on holidays for 2 weeks so this should give me time to paint. With the basecoat done, I'm very happy to see that the sculpted parts blend very well with the rest.
I'm going to keep the wings with their original deep red colour, and so they will still be transluscent, I love this effect too much. I've also decided not to glue the back spines, so I'll be able either to place them or to remove them at will. I've also received the carnifex kit, so the talons are going to be integrated into the forearms.