Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wolfhad


Mute since birth and unlike our other heroes Wolfhad is Wodenborn and the son of a minor lord. However, since he cannot speak he was considered less then useful as making any marriage  possibilities and a chance at leadership difficult. So his father sent(sold) him off to learn wood carving to be a ship builder. This wasn't to Wolfhad's liking as he wasn't much for working wood, but he really didn't have much of a choice.

Things changed when Hamarolf visiting the progress of his ship being built noticed a very large craftsman knocking huge chunks out of the plank wood for his ship with strong easy blows which looked very good for warrior cuts, but terrible for a craftsman. Hamarolf nonplussed and close to striking Wolfhad questioned  him as to why he wasn't properly cutting the wood and it was here that he noticed he could not speak. Sensing Wolfhad's frustration and impressed with his size and strength Hamarolf recognized this man's potential wasn't being put to proper use and bought  out Wolfhad's contract.

Hamarolf trained Wolfhad in the art fighting and not surprisingly he has proved to be a real natural warrior and a quick learner not to mention thanks to his conditioning he is able to endure punishment that would crush lesser men. Grateful to Hamarolf for his new life Wolfhad has never left Hamarolf side and is now the personal champion of Hamarolf.

The superb miniature is from Musketeer and for me an auto pick as I had to have one of my characters with the famous Sutton Hoo helmet that is virtually synonymous with early Saxons and frankly is just flat out cool and what better then to wear it then the champion who is supposed to be the personification of a Saxon warrior. Shield design is from LBM's excellent transfer range with a bit of MIG pigments added for some weathering on the shield and stones. I also did a small conversion on the miniature and gave him a sword instead of a spear which I prefer for this dynamic pose.



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44 comments :

  1. Love everything about it. Beautiful painting, fantastic basing and a great story! Thanks.

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  2. That figure is a beauty. The lovely paintjob and detailing, really makes this an outstanding miniature. Interesting history all adds to effect. The basing isn't bad either ;)

    Regards,
    Matt

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  3. Fecking lovely work on a cool mini and a good back story as well.

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  4. Great background stories make great mini even more awesome! Love the shield decoration!

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    1. Thank you and LBM does indeed do superb shield transfers!

      Christopher

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  5. A stunning paint work !!!

    Love all the details as well as the most aggressive pose:)

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael and Bill's sculpt from Musketeer should did capture the Saxon at his most aggressive stance!

      Christopher

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  6. This is an excellent piece of art Christopher, wish I had one of these myself!!

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  7. Very much to my liking! Realy an impressive paintjob. Can't wait to let my champions sword taste his blood^^

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    1. Thank you kindly Nick! Your champion will perhaps manage a grazing blow on Wolfhad....shortly before he's completely run through and gutted like a stuck pig that is!>:-)

      Christopher

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  8. Beautiful work Christopher. I really like the dull effect that you achieved with his helmet and the embroidery on his cloak and tunic is fabulous.

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    1. Thank you very much Curt. Armour is always hard to do as I'm always trying to achieve an armour effect not too polished and a bit dull, but not too dull so I appreciate that.

      Christopher

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  9. Outstanding figures Christopher. The sharpness of detail on the cloak is amazing, you must have extremely good eye sight and a steady hand to match. How long did he take you do do?

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  10. Thank you!! I do need and use glasses these days, but I used to have very good unassisted eye sight, but those days are sadly gone. However, I don't need a magnifying glass yet, but let's just say I'm happy they are available when I do.:-)
    I don't really know how long it took to do him as I take very frequent small breaks when painting(often long breaks too)so I'd guess actual painting and basing time was roughly a few hours or so.

    Christopher

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  11. Top notch stuff Chris, love the shield design!

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    1. Thank you Scott and I too love LBM shield designs!

      Christopher

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  12. Basing, painting, trim and figure are all tops. He's a warlord I'd follow!

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  13. Mate, that's stunning! The whole thing is exquisite.

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  14. Looks great(as usual!), Chris. I'm really starting to like the Musketeer stuff!

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    1. Thank you and Musketeer really do make superb figures and Bill the sculptor keeps going from strength to strength.

      Christopher

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  15. Great work here Christopher! I think the idea to change weapons was an excellent choice. Lovely basing too!

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  16. That's a brilliant job!! Have you seen the new Lancelot, Merlin, Mordred and Mordred's banner bearer? They are SOOO good!!!

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    1. Thank you very much Andy! Yes I've seen them and I'm still wiping the drool off my mouth! However, first things first and I'll finish off the Saxons and then I'll do the Romano British.... albeit it's going to be hard to wait!!!!

      Christopher

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  17. Great detail on the tunic and cape! Lovely figure!

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  18. Top notch work all round – simply superb!

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  19. He's fantastic! A great character for your force, Christopher. This piece also shows how stunning your bases are. Wow!

    Best wishes

    Giles

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    1. Thank you very much Giles that's very kind of you!

      Christopher

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  20. It is indeed a marvelous sculpt, and enhanced even more so by your flawless brushwork. Is the background story real? A wonderful story in any case. Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much Dean! The background is completely made up as is for all my characters, but I'm happy you found it interesting.

      Christopher

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  21. Hi Christopher,

    as always the paintjob is excellent.
    The background is a good read and story. With this your Wolfhad becomes really unique.

    Great!

    Cheers
    Stefan

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